Christian Courtin-Clarins, president of the Clarins Group supervisory board, was awarded the French Legion of Honour in Paris on March 6.
The award is the highest French national decoration and the highest order of merit conferred to any individual for their service to the nation in a civilian or military capacity. It is an honorary distinction conferred by the French Ministry and symbolizes a recognition by the nation of outstanding individuals in all fields.
Among Courtin-Clarins’ many accomplishments has been the work he has done with his brother Olivier and late father Jacques in the area of sustainable and responsible development. Among the projects Clarins has helped fund: Solar Impulse, the solar plane conceived six years ago by scientists Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, and Feed, begun in 2006 when Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s School Feeding program.
“This reward is important for the whole Clarins Group,” said Courtin-Clarins. “I am proud to be an ambassador of French savoir-faire, proud that our products are manufactured in France, proud of their international reputation with 84 percent exportation, proud to show that interest is not the only motivation of our group, proud to protect biodiversity and ecosystems and proud to be an innovator in eco-design.”
Piccard presented Courtin-Clarins with the award at the ceremony.