ⓘ Cultural footprint


ⓘ Cultural footprint

Cultural footprint” was defined in June 2013, at the initiative of a group of experts from UNESCO, the OECD, the International Organisation of the Francophonie, French ministries, various companies and civil society.

They explained it as" all of the externalities, both positive and negative, generated in the cultural environment by agents’ actions”. It is considered to be positive when it enriches cultural diversity or fosters cultural intensity.

A second reference document published in 2017 specified that" all actors have the possibility of activating i.e. exploring and utilizing available cultural resources. At the same time, it is their responsibility to make a positive contribution” to that sub-stratum, to that creative atmosphere. This means that groups and individuals must" set requirements for themselves, engage based on their own singularities, and be culturally involved and invested”.


1. Applications

The Cultural Footprint of the Cosmetic Sector” is a document to which Gilles Andrier, Loïc Armand, Francesco Bandarin, Jerome Bedier, Françoise Benhamou, Fouad Benseddik, Gilles Boetsch, Dominique Bourg, Jerome Gouadain, Maria Gravari-Barbas, Marc-Antoine Jamet, François Jullien, Pascal Lamy, Jacques Levy, Gilles Lipovetsky, Françoise Montenay, Jean Musitelli, Patrick O’Quin, Philippe d’Ornano, Dominique Perrault, Marie-Helene Plainfosse and Nicole Rouvet contributed. It suggests several aspects of the cultural environment where economics might be able to make a contribution: architecture, art, colours, enjoyment, ethics, heritage, imagination, learning, social skills, singularity, etc.