In search of a more meaningful professional life and led by his passion for forests, Nicolas Métro founded Kinomé with the aim to reverse the trend of global deforestation.
First interventions in partnership with pioneering firms: exploring biofuel furnaces for TetraPak , introducing Acacia gum in Danone’s main yogurt brand and supporting groups of women collecting the gum in Chad.
2 engineers, Pascale Leportier and Damien Kuhn join the adventure.
Our interventions with firms increase, especially with Veolia in the energy sector, Accor in the creation and support of the “Plant for the planet- your (re-used) towlss are planting trees”, and Yves Rocher in the audit of their Malagasy supply chain.
Kinomé commits to protecting the Landes forest (western France- biggest forest in Europe), devastated by the Klauss’ windstorm, in partnership with primary schools, Ministry of Education, and a local eco-museum. This program is now called “Forest&Life” . It is currently implemented, with ONF’s support (National Forest Office) , in 8 regions in France and has impacted 20.000 children around the world!
Kinomé deploys its activities internationally. First, with the creation of Forest&Life, an international reforestation network focusing on children. But also with its institutional consulting services for the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in Senegal, later developed with more than 12 interventions across 9 countries. 2010 is also the year when Kinomé raises funds for the first time.
Kinomé creates a scientific committee chaired by Cindy Morris, research director at the INRA (National Agronomic Research Center) . The company also develops a tool for management and impact monitoring of reforestation projects. This tool wins the “Charmes de l’Innovation Responsable” prize from the Ile de France region (greater Paris).
Nicolas Métro becomes Ashoka Fellow; Ashoka isthe first and biggest social entrepreneurs’ global network in the world (started in 1982; 3 500 Fellows). Yohann Fare joins the team; he is in charge of impact monitoring and and of sustainable value chains.
Marie Stauffer, PhD candidate, is hired by Kinomé in partnership with CNRS (National Scientific Research Center) through the CIFRE plan, to study the impacts of wood energy (short rotation coppice) on the chemical, physical and biological quality of soils. This year also celebrates Kinomé raising funds for the second time.
Nicolas Métro wins the prize of “social entrepreneur of the year”, awarded by the renowned abc*Foundation in US. The company also moves to the Paris Tropical Agronomy Campus.. Many organizations gradually becoming Kinomé partners (NGOs, research units, university programmes, investment funds …) are working on this site in the field of forest, sustainability and development. In 2018, we all create together the City of Sustainable Development, gathering a total of 24 organizations engaged in sustainable development issues.
10th anniversary of Kinomé. The company develops its expertise in cocoa and other agroforestry related value chains and formalizes its partnership with Forest finance and 12Tree in order to develop high social and environmental impact projects in Latin America and drive the transformation of the industry.
Souleymane Si and Amélie Rajaud, PhD candidates, are supervised by Kinomé in partnership with LSCE-IPSL (CNRS-CEA) et LOCEAN (Paris-Jussieu) present their thesis exploring land use change impact on climate in semi-arid regions.
Besides the success of our third fundraising, three core partnerships are established: firstly, with the National Natural History Museum regarding the mitigation of the human-wildlife conflict around a National Park in Ouganda. Secondly, with the 5Delta collective, whereby Kinomé leads and co-ordinates a group of 15 stakeholders to protect and promote West Africa’s mangroves. Thirdly, in partnership with Ashoka and CTA the creation of the first cooperative of pan-African social entrepreneurs (16 from 8 countries) committed to better nutrition for all: ICON.
National Partnership with the ONF (the French National Forest Office) to deploy the program “Forest and life” program across all regions of France, with partner schools mirroring the programme in Africa and Latin America . Kinomé also develops an offer with Ashoka and its partners regarding nutrition and climate.
Today Kinomé consists of a team of 10 people based in France, a network of more than a hundred experts, 4 international offices (Colombia, Madagascar, Ouganda, Senegal), a home office in the heart of The Paris Sustainable Development City, 30 countries where we operate, 4,5 million trees planted and protected, improving the lives of 2 million people.