•FRANCE: Luxury goods firm LVMH
has inaugurated its perfumes and cosmetics research center in Saint-Jean-de-Braye, France. Named Hélios—in
reference to the sun—the center is a reflection of the group’s commitment to the
luxury perfumes and cosmetics industry
in France, the company said.
The completely dedicated research
and innovation facility, which spans
18,000-square meters, houses 250 researchers from LVMH brands Maisons
of Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain,
Givenchy Perfumes and Fresh.
More than 20 fields of research will
be represented at the center, including molecular and cell biology, physical
chemistry, ethnobotany, sensory analysis,
formulation, toxicology and histology,
among many others.
“The inauguration of our new Hélios
research center is a very positive devel-
opment for our perfumes and cosmetics
businesses. It is an unparalleled facility
for developing products that will meet
the highest standards of quality,” said
Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of
the LVMH Group. “This state-of-the-art
facility is representative of the strategy
of the Group and our ambition to con-
sistently reinforce and expand the savoir-
faire behind our businesses in France.”
LVMH started constructing the center
in the late 2000s at the Parfums Christian
Dior site in Saint-Jean-de-Braye.
Spanning 55 hectares near the forest de
Charbonnière, it is one of the largest pro-
duction sites of luxury perfumes and cos-
metics in France.
Hélios is composed of a group of six
buildings, each of which spans three levels, and is built in the form of a triangle
around a large central atrium. Designed
by architectural firm Arte Charpentier,
the space aims to foster creativity.
As a member of the Cosmetic Valley,
LVMH Research is already engaged with
many public actors—both national and
international—and private companies,
including start-ups and SMEs. To extend
this, Hélios has signed a partnership
with the University of Orléans. Dubbed
Skinovalys, the project builds on the ex-
isting long-standing ties between funda-
mental research units of the University of
Orléans and LVMH Research. Skinovalys
is targeted at external researchers as well
as start-ups, micro-businesses and SMEs.
It will enable them to get access to ad-
vanced scientific equipment and the ex-
pertise of Hélios; to validate concepts in
the field of cosmetics, and it will provide
support for participating organizations in
the experimental phase of their projects.
Founded in 1981, LVMH Research
is the perfume and cosmetics research
and development division for the LVMH
Group. This EIG (Economic Interest
Group) encompasses the Houses of
LVMH Inaugurates PerfuMes
& CosMetICs researCH Center
AMwAy EMPLOyEES MAkE TIME FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES
• During the span of 24 hours on Nov. 20, more than 15,000 Amway
business owners and employees mobilized to serve children’s causes in
their communities. In 57 countries, together they volunteered 35,425 service hours through 304 projects benefitting more than 100,000 children.
the amway one By one Campaign for Children universal Children’s
Day was the culmination of activities celebrating the Campaign’s 10th
“amway is a people business, and our people live and work in com-
munities all across the world,” said todd Woodward, vice president for
amway brand, public relations and corporate social responsibility. “for
one day, we aligned as a global company to make the lives of the chil-
dren and families in the communities we serve a little better.”
specific programs included: amway thailand and the thai society
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amway Japan built a playground for a community house in earth-
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the amway Charity foundation in China partnered with unICef, local
education administration authorities and community partners to educate
orphans in 100 communities.
In the us, 4,000 amway World Headquarters employees partnered
with 15 nonprofits on 23 separate projects that included the assembly of
more than 1,400 bikes and the creation of 10,000 hygiene kits that will
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The Amway Charity Foundation in China partnered with UNICEF, local
education administration authorities, and community partners to educate
orphans in 100 communities.