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Pierre Fabre launches the Green Impact Index


The Green Impact Index IS the 1st rating tool to measure, improve and communicate by A, B, C or D the environmental and societal impact of cosmetic and family health products, according to a methodology validated and endorsed by AFNOR certification.

The Pierre Fabre Group is breaking new ground by launching the Green Impact Index, a tool that makes it possible to measure and communicate the environmental and societal impact of cosmetic and family health products in a transparent manner. Thanks to the Green Impact Index, consumers will be informed of the eco-societal performance of the Group's products by a simple letter (A, B, C or D). A score of A or B means that the product is eco-socio-designed as long as it meets a sufficient number of environmental and societal performance criteria according to internationally recognized benchmarks.

In addition to consumer information, the Green Impact Index will allow Pierre Fabre to improve the eco-societal profile of his products with the aim of having half of his portfolio eco-socio-designed by 2023. The tool has already been used internally for 2 years to ensure the eco-socio-design of new products (score A or B).

The Green Impact Index was conceived and developed by Green Mission Pierre Fabre, the group's entity that drives and federates its initiatives in terms of naturalness and sustainable development. In particular, it has relied on the 3000 Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of products or packaging carried out by the Group for more than 10 years to develop a methodology based on the evaluation of 20 criteria:

  • 14 environmental impact criteria divided between the eco-design of the packaging, the eco-design of the formula, the impact of the manufacture of the product and the transport of raw materials. These 14 criteria weigh for 2/3 of the final score.
  • 6 societal impact criteria that cover made in France, certifications or labels Organic, Fair Trade, Origin France Guarantee and Vegan, as well as the societal commitment programs of the brand. These 6 criteria represent 1/3 of the final score. The reliability and robustness of the methodology have been evaluated and endorsed by AFNOR Certification, an independent third-party body. AFNOR Certification will carry out an audit every year to verify and guarantee the reliability of the quotations made by Pierre Fabre on its products. The roll-out of the Green Impact Index will take place gradually. The scores of the first products listed on the Avène, A-Derma, Ducray, Klorane, René Furterer, Naturactive, Elgydium and Arthrodont brands are already posted on the Group's corporate website (link). These first quotes cover a wide variety of categories (rinsed or dry shampoos, shower gels, face and body care creams, anti-acne treatments, toothpastes, essential oils, food supplements...) in order to demonstrate the ability of the Green Impact Index to adapt to all types of cosmetics and family health products. New products will be listed and displayed monthly and scores will be displayed directly on the brands' websites by the end of the year.

"The Green Impact Index is a response to the growing distrust of consumers and patients towards brands about their ability to respect the environment, engage with society and communicate it in a transparent and verifiable way. At Pierre Fabre, we have always been in action on these subjects, and the Green Impact Index that we are launching today confirms this. For the first time, consumers will be able to choose a cosmetic or family health product with full knowledge of the facts about its eco-societal impact and with the assurance of reliable and detailed informationwithoutartifice", said Eric Ducournau, Ceo of the Pierre Fabre Group.

"The Green Impact Index is a simple, scientifically sound and transparent rating. It will allow everyone to make informed choices, in accordance with their convictions, and to consume more responsibly. And it will allow us to make progress. Its 20 criteria already guide our researchers and engineers to improve the eco-socio-designof our products. They also encourage our brands to engage in programs in favor of biodiversity, therapeutic education, patient associations or the fight against precariousness", said Florence Guillaume, Director Green Mission Pierre Fabre.

"We have more than 10 years of hindsight on the environmental analyses of products. Pierre Fabre was one of the pioneersof the French and then European experiment on environmental signage. Today, we are the first to offer a socio-environmental ratingof products, usable on both cosmetic and family health products. Our methodology is particularly demanding: it focuses the entire environmental rating on the phases of the product's life cycle mastered by the manufacturer, and is based on officially recognized standards, labels and standards", added Séverine Roullet-Furnemont, Director of CSR & Sustainable Development at Green Mission Pierre Fabre.

Erwan Chagnot, AFNOR CSR Expert Auditor, said: "With the Green Impact Index, Pierre Fabre is part of a process of transparency and continuous improvement whose robustness and reliability we have evaluated and confirmed. We are delighted that a group like Pierre Fabre is involved in the implementation of the display of informationon the environmental and social performance of products whose principle was endorsed by the recent law on the fightagainst waste and the circular economy (AGEC law). »

About Green Mission Pierre Fabre

Launched in 2019, Green Mission Pierre Fabre is an entity and a transversal dynamic focusing on naturalness and eco-socio-responsibility of activities and products. It brings together all the Group's initiatives in terms of CSR and sustainable development so that Pierre Fabre can contribute to the global objective of carbon neutrality in 2050, as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement (2015).

In this long-term perspective, the Pierre Fabre Group has set itself ambitious and measurable objectives in the short and medium term:

  • Since 2020, 100% of new products are eco-socio-designed
  • By 2023, 50% of the product catalogue will be eco-socio-designed
  • By 2025, 30% reduction in CO2 emissions vs 2015
  • By 2025, 25% reduction in energy consumption vs 2015
  • By 2025, 25% of the energy used by the factories will come from renewable sources Since 2012, the Group's CSR approach has been evaluated by an external body according to the ISO 26000 standard. In 2015, AFNOR Certification awarded Pierre Fabre the "Exemplary" level of its AFAQ 26,000 standard, a first for a French company with nearly 10,000 employees.
    In 2020, Ecocert Environnement evaluated for the 2nd consecutive year the Group's social and environmental responsibility approach according to the ISO 26000 standard of sustainable development and confirmed the award of the "Excellence" level.

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