Employing the talents of Seine-Saint-Denis


Employing the talents of Seine-Saint-Denis

The Hermès sites in Pantin and Bobigny between them cover 100,000 m2 and employ 2,000 people, a workforce that has doubled in the space of ten years. Among the factors that contribute to the region’s attractiveness is a talent pool that needs only to be further developed. In the spirit of territorial anchoring that is so important to the house, Hermès is committed to working with municipalities and local economic stakeholders, including Réseau Entreprendre 93, in a context of high unemployment.

The leather goods workshops moved out of Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in 1992, and the Cité des Métiers and its gardens were inaugurated. In 2013, a gym and nursery were opened, with a number of places reserved for residents. Two years later came the Espace Jean-Louis Dumas – a building designed for training, as well as to receive buyers from all over the world twice a year to discover the house’s collections. For the residents of Pantin, it is impossible to ignore their neighbour Hermès. Along with other large companies, the house is contributing to the economic revival of this former working-class district.

The Cartier-Bresson and Suzor factories in Pantin – Circa 1906 Pantin municipal archives – 2Fi/220

Hermès is involved in promoting talent through various initiatives in Seine-Saint-Denis, beyond its contribution as one of the department’s principal employers. Of the 2,000 employees working in Seine-Saint-Denis, 400 live in the department. This proportion is likely to increase, in particular as a result of the numerous meetings organised with candidates by the Pantin Job Centre.

Hermès has been a member of the Réseau Entreprendre 93 association from its inception in 2003. The house and the association's other members participate in the selection, financing and support of projects whose common bond is their high potential for job creation. The result? Over a period of sixteen years, 1,700 jobs have been created by 175 new companies, with success stories ranging from La Barbière de Paris to the Simplon digital school, Tshirt Corner, the Hoops Factory basketball courts, and the Arkose climbing walls. Links with Hermès have been strengthened over the years, and now, around ten employees are involved in advising young start-ups cultivated by Réseau Entreprendre 93.

In Pantin, the house also helped the municipality to create Maison Revel, a centre for the promotion of artistic craft and design professions, and a workshop for craft professions at Maison de l’emploi.

In 2017, Axel Dumas, Executive Chairman of Hermès, strengthened this partnership by signing a charter between the municipality and the house, and Est Ensemble. This community of nine municipalities encompasses Pantin and Bobigny, where Hermès has another site. One of the group’s objectives is to further increase the company’s participation in local economic development and employment.

“Hermès is our main source of support, not only because it has been a member of the association since its creation, but also because of the number of employees involved. This goes far beyond the usual framework of a seasoned leader supporting a new entrepreneur. The expertise provided, whether in communication, logistics or other fields, makes it possible to address specific and varied problems. With Hermès, we want to open up this skills sponsorship even more widely to everyone who is interested.”

Léa Pons, Director of the Réseau Entreprendre 93 association

2017 winners of the Réseau Entreprendre 93 Award © Erwann Masson

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    Hermès employs 15417 men and women, including 5200 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 43 of its 55 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.