Livelihoods | Hermes


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. The projects benefit rural populations while offsetting the house's carbon footprint. The group has just signed up to a new twenty-year commitment. 
Living close to the Indonesian mangrove forests, the Peruvian Altiplano or the Casamance coffee plantations, the most vulnerable populations are the main victims of climate change. They are on the front line for cyclones and droughts, and witness the disappearance of plant and animal species one after another. The Livelihoods Carbon Fund has therefore decided to “rebuild the world home”, starting with rural communities and local NGOs. Solutions must be simple and scalable. And their effects on the quality of life of populations and CO2 emissions must be measurable. 
So what is the initial result? Over a six-year period, the nine Livelihoods 1 projects benefited one million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and 130 million trees were planted. By way of dividends, the contributing companies receive high social value carbon credits that partly offset their own emissions.
A new seed was sown at the end of 2017 with Livelihoods 2. The participating companies, including Hermès, have signed up to a new 20-year commitment. A long-term choice. This length of time is necessary for training and passing on skills.

Footsteps across the world collection


  • Kongoussi, Burkina Faso

    Place a cooking pot upside down on the ground and draw around it. Then take a termite mound, some straw, and donkey dung to obtain the refractory material for an ecological stove. In Kongoussi in Burkina Faso, the Tiipaalga association teaches women how to build these fuel-efficient wood-burning stoves, which are less polluting and improve living conditions. This is just one idea amongst many initiatives supported locally by Hermès through the Livelihoods fund.

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  • 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. 
  • The resourceful orange box

    Whether round, rectangular or square, it is used to pack ties, hats, boots, tableware, jewellery or bags. Only furniture cannot comfortably slip into one. The orange box is made in France by seven cardboard manufacturers. Attractive and robust, its qualities make it an iconic object in its own right.
  • 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.

Our imprint on...

  • Les femmes et les hommes

    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.
  • The Planet

    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.
  • The communities

    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.