Good research practice is not possible without ethical rules to guide the way. The Institut Pasteur has an Ethics Charter outlining the broad principles guiding research practice within its walls.
The Institut Pasteur Ethics Charter affirms the foundation’s commitment to conducting its research within a strict ethical framework, contributing to the respect of ethical considerations in research on living beings and human dignity, and upholding human rights. The Institut Pasteur Ethics Charter is consistent with the codes of ethics recognized by the international community.
The Ethics Charter was drawn up by the Ethical Vigilance Committee. It is published under the authority of the general management and contains a series of regulations and reference texts for the Institut Pasteur and anyone who works there regardless of their role. The charter is re-examined and updated on an annual basis to account for developments in international and national legislation, as well as ethical issues raised by progress in research.
In a bid to increase the scope that these 10 principles offer in its sphere of influence, the Institut Pasteur has undertaken to make them part of its strategy, culture and process.
It has also committed to issuing a formal public statement endorsing these principles and to informing its staff and partners of its Global Compact membership.
In line with its culture of responsibility and transparency, the Institut Pasteur will publish the results of its initiatives to ensure practical application of the 10 Global Compact principles.
The Institut Pasteur has been supporting the United Nations Global Compact since June 2010 and each year publishes a report on the progress made.
The Institut Pasteur is currently seeking "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) accreditation from the European Commission. Within this scope, the Institut Pasteur has embarked on a process of continuous improvement regarding recruitment and working conditions for scientists, and is thus seeking to increase its global appeal. This accreditation is a prerequisite for obtaining research funding from the European Union.
The use of animals in scientific research continues to be vital for our understanding of health and human and animal disease, and for the development and improvement of treatments that benefit patients worldwide.
The use of animals in Institut Pasteur research projects complies with regulatory provisions.
In 2012, the Institut Pasteur published a new assessment of its greenhouse gas emissions as required by the Grenelle 2 law of July 12, 2010 and under its commitments to the "Campus Vert" initiative. This assessment follows on from the initial Institut Pasteur carbon footprint assessment completed in 2009.
The Institut Pasteur has a dedicated area for its neighbours. Here information is available about developments that may impact on their daily lives. This area is provided as part of an overall approach to promote ongoing and constructive dialogue.