Global Compact, an international code of conduct | Hermes
Global Compact, an international code of conduct
Respecting human rights, international labour and environmental standards, and the fight against corruption… The responsibilities of the participants of the Global Compact stem from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
In a globalised economy, how should a corporate citizen of the world act in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the planet? This was the question that predominated when Kofi Annan launched the United Nations international initiative, Global Compact, in 2000. To become a part of this universal framework, it’s not enough to tick the boxes of the ten guiding principles to be followed regarding human rights, international labour and environmental standards, and the fight against corruption. This voluntary commitment is also a progress-oriented approach.
Once a year, in a report called Communication on Progress (CoP), Global Compact participants must give details of the ways in which they uphold all of these values in relation to both people and the planet, wherever they pursue their activities.
Ethics charters, codes of good business practice, the organisation of social dialogue, human resources policy, internal monitoring committees, audits… Hermès evaluates its good practices using a grid of 21 criteria, a level of reporting called “GC Advanced”.
For the United Nations, businesses have everything to gain by integrating the ten principles of the Global Compact into their strategies, policies and procedures as, in this way, they establish the conditions for their own sustainable development, as well as that of the planet.
act4nature: taking action for biodiversity
With diversity decreasing on land and in the oceans, the living world is irreparably losing a proportion if its richness and its colour. Species and genes are vanishing for ever. In France, 65 businesses, including Hermès, are taking action through the act4nature initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.