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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The planet

Hermès is skilled in around twenty métiers that respect and exalt the finest natural materials. It is our duty to ensure sustainable and responsible use of the planet’s resources by preserving, protecting, promoting, tracing, certifying, optimising, and recycling them.

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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  • 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.
     
  • In the sillage of fragrances: recycling and energy

    All of the house’s scents have been made in Vaudreuil in northern France. The manufacture is home to an olfactory library and closely monitors its environmental footprint.
     
  • With the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, priority goes to proximity

    What if the future of the climate hinged on a village in Kenya, Indonesia or Peru, rather than on international summits? The Livelihoods carbon funds, of which Hermès has been a partner since 2012, encourage this grassroots approach.
     
  • Leather, a precious material

    Bag, saddle, gloves, shoes, belt… these Hermès objects could not be made without leather. But this precious raw material is not always used in its entirety. The house’s craftsmen and designers have therefore devised new solutions to reduce and recycle offcuts.
     
  • Certified ethically-sourced diamonds

    From extraction in the mines to sales of jewellery in Hermès stores, the house’s diamond operations are in tune with the international Kimberley process. When purchasing an item, customers are given a certificate detailing this guarantee of ethical compliance. 
     

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  • 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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