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The resourceful orange box

Whether round, rectangular or square, it is used to pack ties, hats, boots, tableware, jewellery or bags. Only furniture cannot comfortably slip into one. The orange box is made in France by seven cardboard manufacturers. Attractive and robust, its qualities make it an iconic object in its own right.
Its radiance is a general talking point. This warm citrus colour, which is not listed with Pantone, became symbolic of the house after the Second World War. Its appearance goes back to 1942, when there was a shortage of cream-coloured cardboard boxes. The supplier resorted to what he had left. It happened to be orange. Generations of boxes have followed on since then. A collector could tell them apart them by the depth of the shade, the grain, the logo, the band around the edges… 
The truly modern quality of these boxes is, however, invisible to the eye, as it is found in the eco-friendly raw materials and non-polluting water-based ink for lettering. The cardboard is made from 100% recycled materials. Furthermore, the tissue paper that lines the box and the orange bag that carries it come from sustainably-managed forests. This requirement, which earns them FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, is passed on by the cardboard manufacturers to their suppliers.
 

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    From extraction in the mines to sales of jewellery in Hermès stores, the house’s diamond operations are in tune with the international Kimberley process. When purchasing an item, customers are given a certificate detailing this guarantee of ethical compliance. 
     
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  • Les femmes et les hommes

    Hermès employs 13,500 men and women, including 4,500 craftspeople, who form the first métier of the house. This land of hand changes and hires nonstop. To train, pass on, develop, ensure well-being, health and solidarity… Our ambition is to stimulate the personal growth of everyone involved.
  • The Planet

    Hermès endeavors to exalt, in twenty or so métiers, the most beautiful materials offered by nature. Our artisans’ skillful hands respect leather, silk, fabric, wood, crystal and precious metals. To preserve, optimize, revalue and draw… Our duty is to achieve the sustainable use of these resources.
  • The communities

    Hermès owns 41 of its 52 manufactures in France and more than 300 stores around the world. Our proximity with suppliers, partners and territories is cultivated in the field. To fertilize, mesh, renovate and be committed… Our role, as an environment-friendly company, is to build sustainable ties.