The communities | Hermes

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.
 


Discover more​

 

  • In Héricourt, the rebirth of a manufacture

    When looking for new operations sites, Hermès examines every option, in particular those that result from the industrial heritage of certain regions.
     
     
  • Discover craftsmanship with Manufacto, the skills factory

    This programme has just begun its third year of implementation in primary and secondary schools. Together, students and teachers explore three crafts by making objects in leather or wood.
     
     
     
  • 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.