The communities | Hermes

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The communities

Hermès possesses a total of 52 manufactures, 41 of which are located in France, and has more than 300 stores worldwide. Close relationships with suppliers, partners and markets are nurtured locally.
We are committed to forging lasting ties with these different communities, and to assuming the role of corporate citizen, by developing, supporting, improving, renovating, cross-fertilising, interconnecting, and preserving local know-how.
 
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Footsteps accross the world

Through this collection of films, documentary maker Frédéric Laffont reveals with humanistic perspective our unique relationship to sustainable development.


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  • On the Hermès silk road

    Ever since Jeu des omnibus et dames blanches was created by Robert Dumas in 1937, the first in a long line of Hermès scarves, silk twill squares have come directly from the workshops in the Lyon region. The house has invested in developing the traditional skills contributed by long-standing partners to its textile division.
  • New uses for horsehair in Challes

    Plain or dyed, combined with sisal or given a twist with patterns designed to meet the needs of contemporary decorators and upholsterers, horsehair continues its transformation at Créations Métaphores. The weaving process at ATBC, Holding Textile Hermès’ weaving workshop in the Sarthe department, is still entirely traditional.
  • In Héricourt, the rebirth of a manufacture

    When looking for new operations sites, Hermès examines every option, in particular those that result from the industrial heritage of certain regions.
  • Discover craftsmanship with Manufacto, the skills factory

    This programme has just begun its third year of implementation in primary and secondary schools. Together, students and teachers explore three crafts by making objects in leather or wood.
  • L'Allan, a bucolic leather workshop

     
    The third Hermès manufacture in Franche-Comté welcomes around forty aspiring leatherworkers who complete their training alongside the house’s experienced artisans.
  • Montbron, from Charentaise slippers to Hermès bags

    Montbron, in its picture postcard landscape, was sliding into oblivion. The opening of the Hermès leather workshop created over 250 jobs that contributed to the regeneration of this town in the Charentes area of southwestern France.
  • Living Heritage Companies in tune with the time

    A dozen Hermès companies are certified Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant (EPVs, or living heritage companies). This label is reserved for exceptional techniques, outstanding patents and archives, and long-established geographical roots. It is above all a breeding ground for innovation.
  • Saint-Junien, fitting like a glove

    Almost a century old, the Ganterie de Saint-Junien, situated on the banks of the River Vienne, is the oldest glove factory in France. Acquired by Hermès in 1998, it has been given a new lease of life.
  • Silk with a generous quality

    A Hermès carré is more than just a scarf, particularly when it is socially responsible. Limited editions are regularly produced in support of actions by local non-profit organisations.

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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.