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.
 

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.
 


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  • 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.
     

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. 
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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