Yves Rocher (company)

Yves Rocher
Industry Manufacturing
Founder Yves Rocher
Headquarters ,
Products Cosmetics
Revenue 2 billion
Number of employees
13,500
Website yves-rocher.com

Yves Rocher is a worldwide cosmetics and beauty brand, founded in 1965 by the French entrepreneur Yves Rocher (1930–2009) in La Gacilly. The company is present in 88 countries on five continents and employs 13,500 personnel, excluding more than 215,000 through additional indirect jobs.

The Yves Rocher group achieved a turnover of 2.5 billion euros in 2017.[1] The group also manages the brands Daniel Jouvance, Dr Pierre Ricaud, Isabel Derroisné, Petit Bateau, Kiotis, Stanhome and Galérie Noémie.

The company maintains a botanical garden, the Jardin botanique Yves Rocher de La Gacilly, at its industrial site in La Gacilly. It is open to the public without charge.

The company's headquarters is located in Rennes, Brittany, France.[2]

For the company's national and international experience in sustainable development, and eco-friendly products, the Environment Possibility Award conferred the "Environmental Heroes of the Year" to Yves Rocher in 2020.[3]

History

Laboratoires de Biologie Végétale Yves Rocher was established in 1965 to incorporate the local business focused on selling hemmorhoid salve and cosmetics based on traditional recipes through mail orders Yves Rocher ran since 1956. As the mayor of his hometown La Gacilly, France since the late 1950s, Rocher hoped that the establishment of a local business will help create jobs and stop people from fleeing the village in search of work. In 1959 the company opened its botanical garden and a laboratory to experiment on new recipes along with searching for potential ingredients worldwide. In 1965 the company built its first factory and an expanded botanical garden with a modern laboratory named Le Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche en Cosmetologie (Center for the Study and Research of Beauty Care). The same year the company produced its first Green Book of Beauty catalog.[4]

Focused on transforming botanical substances into cosmetic ingredients, Rocher had anticipated the boom of interest in natural cosmetics and ecology in general. In 1969 Yves Rocher launched a new production facility in La Gacilly, and in 1970 the first retail store opened in Paris. The company rapidly expanded its retail network through its stores and selling franchises, and expanded its mail order and retail business to the rest of Europe. By the early 1970s, the company sales had topped Fr 80 million. Yves Rocher avoided public listing and found a strategic partner to fund future growth. In 1973 the 60% share in the company was sold to Elf Aquitaine subsidiary Sanofi, yet Rocher himself retained 57% of the company's voting rights. By 1981 the company reached Fr 1 billion in sales with mail orders accounting for 70%, and retail along with in-home party sales providing the rest.[4]

In 1982 the company's new Center for Applied Research claimed to develop a technique to extract the DNA of certain plants and re-engineer them to produce heightened benefits. The A.D.N Revitalizing Resource line of skincare products based on that research boosted the company sales worldwide up to Fr 2.6 billion by 1984.[4]

Foundation

The Yves Rocher Foundation was founded in 2016 by Yves Rocher under the aegis of the institute of France since 2001.

Controversy

Yves Rocher Vostok, the company's East European subsidiary, sued Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his brother for fraud and money laundering. New Gazette accused Bruno Leproux, managing director of Yves Rocher Vostok, of assisting the Russian government's campaign against Alexei Navalny.[5][6]

Since August 2014 the "One Question for Yves Rocher" movement[7] has been expanding in Europe in order to get the Yves Rocher corporation to take a definitive position on the case against Navalny.

On 30 December 2014, Alexei Navalny's brother Oleg was sentenced to 3​12 years forced labour and Alexei Navalny himself to a suspended sentence of 3​12 years.[8]

On 17 October 2017, European Court of Human Rights decided that the case of fraud against Alexei and Oleg Navalny on the complaint of the company "Yves Rocher" was considered in Russia with violation of the right to a fair trial. The court concluded that the verdict was arbitrary and unreasonable. According to the decision of the ECHR, Russia must pay the brothers Navalny 76 thousand euros. The ECHR refused to consider the issue of political motivation. At the same time, three judges of the ECHR – Dmitry Dedov, Helen Keller and Georgios Sergidez – expressed the opinion that it was necessary to consider a possible political background of the case.

Despite the decision of the ECHR on 25 April 2018, the Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russia refused to revoke the verdict to the Navalny brothers in the case of Yves Rocher and decided to resume the case to consider new circumstances.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Group Rocher". Yves Rocher. 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. ^ GOFF, Laurent LE (February 22, 2016). "Rennes. Les vélos en libre-service aux couleurs d'Yves-Rocher". Ouest-France.fr. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Yves Rocher Eco Shampoo Concentrated I Love My Planet won the 2020 Environmental Heroes of the Year". A.A. Environment Possibility Award. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  4. ^ a b c Laboratoires de Biologie Végétale Yves Rocher. International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 35. St. James Press, 2001
  5. ^ "In Russia, Yves Rocher is going to plant three million trees and put away the two Navalny brothers?". Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Yves Rocher объявили "пособником политрепрессий" из-за жалобы на Навальных, призывают к бойкоту компании". Газета.Ru (in Russian). Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  7. ^ One Question for Yves Rocher. Archived August 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Imprisoned Russian draws prison life for messaging stickers". Fox News. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  9. ^ "Human Rights Court Says Navalny Unfairly Convicted In 'Yves Rocher Case'". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 2018-06-11.

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