Sustainable development | Hermès

LA MAISON HERMÈs

Sustainable Development

Hermès’ action for sustainable development is founded on the values passed down through the generations by the artisans who have shaped our house and our objects since 1837. The roots of our longevity lie in a sense of responsibility, a quest for authenticity, and respect for time and natural resources. We wish to leave a positive imprint on the world. Men and women, the communities that we belong to, and materials derived from our natural environment have been our constant companions from our very origins. Today, they are more than ever at the heart of our preoccupations and our commitment to progress.

Footsteps across the world

Hermès endeavours to create objects that withstand the test of time and to forge lasting connections with the surrounding world. Film and documentary maker Frédéric Laffont, winner of the Albert Londres award, brings his humanistic perspective to bear as he walks in the house’s footsteps and gives free rein to his camera.
With curiosity awakened, we navigate between stories and portraits, carried along by gestures and places, and taking discovery to the ends of the earth… Our relationship with sustainable development shines through this Footsteps across the World collection.
 

  • New footsteps

     

  • THE COMMUNITIES

    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.
     
  • THE PLANET

    Africa-twix: protecting endangered species

    In the fight against the trafficking of endangered species in the Congo basin, five countries have joined the Traffic programme, set up by the NGO WWF, with the support of the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès.
     
  • WOMEN AND MEN

    Tandem, a decade of open-mindedness

    In late 2008, an artisan from the leather workshop in Sayat laid down his tools in Puy-de-Dôme to spend a week behind a counter with a sales associate at the faubourg Saint-Honoré store in Paris. It was the start of the Tandem exchanges. 
     

Our 2017 registration document

Extract CSR from the annual report 2017
Sustainable Development, 100 pages, 1.2MB
 
 

Our imprint on...

  • 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.
    Discover this imprint
  • 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.
    Discover this imprint
  • 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.
    Discover this imprint