Yves Rocher is a french cosmetics industrialist, born April 7, 1930, La Gacilly, died December 26, 2009, at the Lariboisière hospital in Paris of a stroke stroke.
Yves Rocher was born and raised in the village of La Gacilly, Morbihan. The death of his father, at the age of 14, he decides to help her mother in the operation of a small family business of textile articles. An old healer shall entrust to it the recipe of a hemostatic the lesser celandine ointment: Yves Rocher decides to make it by hand in the family attic and sell it directly to users, through classified ads in here Paris.
Natural products and mail order will constitute the pillars of the cosmetics company he founded in 1959. Its creed, in addition, is to democratize access to beauty products. The company will not cease to grow, three years more later it opens its first store then develops internationally. In 1992, he left the reins to his son Didier but must return to the head of the group following his accidental death, occurred in 1994. His grandson Bris was appointed vice-president of the group in 2007, it inherits from the company until his death. The current capital is estimated at approximately 2 billion EUR for a group which today employs 15,000 people.
Political and citizen engagement:
In addition to his professional activities, Yves Rocher is greatly interested in the local life of the region of his childhood. He was the Mayor of La Gacilly from 1962 to 2008 under the label right and became general counsel in 1982 and then regional adviser in 1992. His hometown, as well as the surrounding villages form a relatively dynamic Township through the implemented infrastructure in place under the leadership of Yves Rocher, particularly with the implementation of production sites, laboratories or a botanical garden.
Accused its aggregation of public and private functions as an elected representative but at the same time key economic player in the territory it represents.
Often described as a precursor because its positions ecological from the inception of the company, all its French factories for example received ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and biological fields belonging to the group covers 44 hectares in the commune of La Gacilly.
Notoriety and decorations.
Due to the worldwide presence of the group, his name is present on all continents and it is therefore without doubt one of the most well-known Britons at the international level. In 1977, the monthly Armor Magazine identifies Breton of the year, first in a long list.
It is more decorated with the order of the ermine, and in April 2007 was promoted to Commander of the Legion of honor, after being named officer of the Legion of honour in 1992.