Environmental responsibility

Protecting nature for more than 60 years.

An endless source of inspiration, nature is fragile and must be treated with respect.”

Dr Olivier Courtin-Clarins, Chairman of the Board

With the help of plants, Clarins makes beauty grow. Well aware of owing everything to nature (its ingredients and the raw materials of its packaging), Clarins adopts an environmentally friendly approach and is committed to original initiatives aimed at protecting biodiversity.

A pioneer in the fight against the harmful effects of pollution on the skin, Clarins endeavors to prevent pollution by seeking to minimize the impact of its own activities.

At Clarins, environmental responsibility is expressed through a continuous improvement approach that is applied daily in the company's life, whether through the choice of ingredients and product design, product marketing, or production site management.

Clarins, the beauty botanist for more than 60 years.

Christian Courtin-Clarins in the centella asiatica collection area in Madagascar. Purchases of this ingredient contribute to a development aid program.

Christian Courtin-Clarins in the centella asiatica collection area in Madagascar. Purchases of this ingredient contribute to a development aid program.

Nature is very generous: it provides 230 natural materials that are essential to Clarins treatments.

By extracting their most effective beauty secrets from plants, we see their true value. Biodiversity - an endless source of inspiration - is fragile and must be protected.

At Clarins, all the parts of the plant are selected for their effectiveness and tested to ensure they are safe.
They are sourced from all around the world based on processes that protect ecosystems and respect local communities.

Learn more about clarins emblematic plants

Biodiversity is life.

Clarins follows a very strict ingredients policy. It does not use plants that might be endangered, and follows international guidelines for environmental protection, including the Rio Convention and the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

When ingredients offer the same effectiveness, Clarins favors plant-based materials, organic ingredients, locally grown plants and, if they come from afar, plants sourced in accordance with fair trade practices.

Clarins' commitment to protecting
Alpine biodiversity began in 1992.

Clarins' commitment to protecting
Alpine biodiversity began in 1992.

Clarins also implements grassroots, local and practical initiatives to protect biodiversity in Europe, Asia and South America.

Whether by planting nurse trees or medicinal plants, we always work with local communities intended to benefit from these projects, and rely on partners who share our values and biodiversity expertise.

Reducing our ecological footprint.

At Clarins, we want to offer better products with fewer resources, thereby saving resources while also limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

All teams involved in product creation, development and manufacturing have incorporated this responsible commitment and practice a so-called eco-design approach: assessing and anticipating impacts in order to reduce them through a continuous progress strategy.

We also strive for environmental impact reduction at industrial sites. Our corporate environmental policy monitors water and energy consumption, along with waste management. Products are transported from our logistics site in Amiens mainly by road or sea. Air transport is exceptional and concerns less than 2% of products dispatched.

Dual environmental certification (HQE and BREEAM) for the new Clarins Headquarters in Paris.

Dual environmental certification (HQE and BREEAM) for the new Clarins Headquarters in Paris.

The construction of the new Clarins building (17th arrondissement, Paris) reflects this environmentally responsible approach, and is further enhanced by considerations for employee comfort and well-being.

The building has dual HQE and BREEAM certification. Three hives inhabited by some 160,000 bees are installed on the roof, representing a living symbol of The Clarins Group's commitment to the environment, and to the biodiversity which it guards so dearly.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The recyclability of packaging is a selection criterion taken into account in the product eco-design approach.

The recyclability of packaging is a selection criterion taken into account in the product eco-design approach.

Optimizing the use of natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions go hand-in-hand. Clarins performed its first carbon assessment in 2008 in France, and gradually extended the practice to all of its businesses in Asia (2012), the United States (in 2014) and Europe (2015).

Packaging materials are the main source of the company's greenhouse gas emissions—24% according to the most recent France 2013 activities report—which is the reason for priority being given to eco-design—a strategy shared by all teams involved in product development. The aim: no new developments without environmental and social progress.

The group is equipped with a product eco-calculator. A series of indicators are taken into account to assess, make choices and perform energy gains: CO2 emissions, water consumption and percentage of recycled material, recyclability of packaging, reuse, choice of abundant materials and new less-polluting materials. The portion of recyclable packaging materials, such as glass and cardboard, already accounts for 63% of Clarins products.

Clarins, Respecting customers.

Asters, Sentinelle du Lac project

Asters, Sentinelle du Lac project

I just want our children to breathe clean air and drink pure water in the future, before that becomes a luxury”

Christian Courtin-Clarins