FAQ answers

How can GRASSE EXPERTISE™ membership help my business?

Joining GRASSE EXPERTISE™ means: 
1) Supporting and promoting the Grasse region’s unique expertise ecosystem 
2) Declaring and publicizing your commitment to the promotion and development of the agricultural heritage of the extraordinary perfume plants of the Pays de Grasse 
3) Contributing to the territory’s dynamism and international attractiveness 
4) Supporting other committed entities in creating and maintaining lasting employment opportunities in the region 
5) Joining a community of Professionals with emblematic expertise As a member of GRASSE EXPERTISE™, following approval of your application by the Review Committee, you will receive an information kit that will guide you in making the most of your GRASSE EXPERTISE™ membership and publicizing your commitments. 
The collective trademark is registered internationally. The trademark’s value and influence are born of the efforts of each member and the collective initiatives carried out by the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse and its partners. For more information contact us. 

Who can join GRASSE EXPERTISE™? 

Membership in GRASSE EXPERTISE™ may be requested by companies, structures, associations, legal entities, or organizations (hereinafter referred to as the Company) insofar as they meet the following three criteria: 
1. The Company is substantively located in the Pays de Grasse. 
2. The Company contributes to the continuous improvement and promotion of the savoir-faire of the Pays de Grasse in meaningful, valuable ways. 
3. The Company supports perfume-plant production and producers in the Pays de Grasse. These criteria are evaluated by a Review Committee on the basis of a membership application. 
 If your company meets these criteria and your application is approved by the Review Committee of the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse, you can then become a member GRASSE EXPERTISE™. 

How do I join GRASSE EXPERTISE™?

Applications from Companies wishing to join GRASSE EXPERTISE™ can be submitted at any time of year. The application form and accompanying handbook are available here. Membership in the single collective trademark GRASSE EXPERTISE™ is determined based on an assessment of the membership application by the dedicated Review Committee. The Review Committee makes an advisory recommendation on acceptance or refusal of the application to the President of the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse. This membership is approved by the President of the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse, on the recommendations of the Review Committee, for a period of three years. The application processing period shall be four months from the date of receipt of the completed membership application. 

Must my business be located in Grasse?    

Membership in the collective trademark is contingent on the Company being established in the Pays de Grasse in a substantive way, as explained in the GRASSE EXPERTISE™ guidelines. The Review Committee relies on a number of elements, specified in Part 1 of the membership application, in deciding whether the Company is substantively located in the Pays de Grasse.

Who are the GRASSE EXPERTISE™ members?

GRASSE EXPERTISE™ members are those in the ecosystem and the fragrance, cosmetics, and flavors industries: 
• Perfume-plant producers 
• Experts in manufacturing natural aromatic products 
• Specialists in synthetic products 
• Fragrance and flavor creators 
• Specialists in supply, logistics, and equipment 
• Finished-product producers 
• The education and research sectors 

How much does it cost to join GRASSE EXPERTISE™?

The cost depends on the number of employees the Company has and its business structure. The fee schedule is available upon request.

How long does the approval process take?

The application processing period shall be four months from the date of receipt of the completed membership application. Find out how to join GRASSE EXPERTISE™ here. 

Who reviews my application?

A dedicated Review Committee evaluates your application. This commission is composed of expert representatives of the savoir-faire and expertise of the Pays de Grasse, a representative of the competitiveness clusters concerned, a representative of the Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Grasse, a representative of the Extraordinary Flowers of Grasse (Fleurs d’Exception du Pays de Grasse), and a representative of the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse. The complete application and review procedure is available here.

Are the membership applications confidential?

By joining GRASSE EXPERTISE™, the Company consents to the collection and storage of the Company’s personal data for professional purposes, management of memberships, and in compliance with the legal provisions in force. All information collected will be kept confidential per the provisions of the latest consolidated version of the French Data Privacy Law 78-17 of January 6, 1978, and the Company has the right to access and modify these data. To do so, contact the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse.

Is this a CSR strategy?

Developing a CSR strategy at the applicant and member Companies is one of the values promoted by the GRASSE EXPERTISE™ label and constitutes a stakeholder commitment. The three commitments required are related to CSR: territorial anchoring, promotion, and skills transfer. The three criteria all speak to this commitment: the Company supports perfume-plant production and producers in the Pays de Grasse.

What makes GRASSE EXPERTISE™ different?

The Pays de Grasse is home to every kind of expertise of the fragrances, flavors, and cosmetics industries: a unique ecosystem from perfume-plant production to the finished product; from expertise and mastery in, and manufacture of, natural aromatic products; knowledge and mastery of synthetic products; fragrance and flavor creation; supply, logistics, equipment; laboratories, teaching and research. GRASSE EXPERTISE™ is designed for all Professionals in the fragrances, flavors, and cosmetics industries, whatever their form: companies, non-profit associations, organizations, or legal entities emblematic of Grasse and the Pays de Grasse, strongly committed to employment, promoting the emblematic savoir-faire of the Pays de Grasse, and supporting perfume-plant production. GRASSE EXPERTISE™ is made stronger still by the individual reputation of each of its members and the collective initiatives led by the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse and its partners. 

What is the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse ?

The Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse is an association of directors and leaders from a wide variety of local businesses – 50% of which are in the fragrance and flavor sector – in the Pays de Grasse that help promote the renown and attractiveness of the Pays de Grasse. The Club is a driving force behind initiatives and plans for the region. It initiated creation of the Observatoire Mondial du Naturel and GRASSE EXPERTISE™, is a founding member of the PASS competitiveness cluster and the Fleurs d’Exception du Pays de Grasse (Extraordinary Flowers of Grasse) association. The Observatoire Mondial du Naturel is a strategic, thematic regional hub, launched by the Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Grasse, home to the Espace Jacques Louis Lions (renovating the abandoned Roure factory), the InnovaGrasse startup incubator, the Erini platform, the University of Nice hub and the ArômaGrasse business park. These are business leaders who are proactive about the region’s future!  

Can the Club help me with my application?

Yes! Should you have any problems completing your application or if you have any questions, the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse is here to help. Feel free to contact us!

What happens if a member violates the code of ethics?

Following a usage review, if the collective trademark GRASSE EXPERTISE™ is not used in accordance with the terms of the trademark charter (code of ethics), the Company will be directed to modify its communications to comply with the charter, within a specified period of time (from 15 days to one month). If the direction has not been respected by the end of this specified period, the Company’s membership may be temporarily suspended or definitively canceled by the President of the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse, after consultation with the Review Committee. In any case, in the event of non-compliance with the trademark charter, the membership may be temporarily suspended or definitively canceled and the Company may be subject to legal action. In the case of a conviction for misuse, repeated infringements, or large-scale infringements, the Review Committee will be obliged to remove the Company’s rights to use the collective trademark. If a membership that is suspended or cancelled, any fees paid toward that membership will not be refunded.

What are the GRASSE EXPERTISE™ member obligations?

By joining GRASSE EXPERTISE™, the Company consents to the collection and storage of the Company’s personal data for professional purposes, management of memberships, and in compliance with the legal provisions in force. All information collected will be kept confidential per the provisions of the latest consolidated version of the French Data Privacy Law 78-17 of January 6, 1978, and the Company has the right to access and modify these data. To do so, contact the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse. In addition, the participant agrees to:
• Pay the application filing fee and annual membership within 30 days of date of invoice. Fees are available upon request. 
• Comply with the GRASSE EXPERTISE™ trademark charter and regulations 
• Not infringe upon or damage the brand and/or image of the collective trademark GRASSE EXPERTISE™. 
• When requested, furnish the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse with any documents proving compliance with the regulations governing the use of the collective trademark GRASSE EXPERTISE™. 
 • Immediately inform the Club des Entrepreneurs of any infringement or misuse of the collective trademark by third parties. 
• In the event of a business closure or suspension, the Company manager will inform the Club des Entrepreneurs du Pays de Grasse as soon as possible. Should that business activity resume, the Company must submit a new membership application.