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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 : Kongoussi, Burkina Faso Footsteps across the world : Kongoussi, Burkina Faso

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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  • Burkina Faso
  • 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. 
     
  • 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.
     
  • Boites oranges
  • 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.
     
  • 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. 
     
  • Sertissage

Our 2016 registration document

Extract CSR from the annual report 2016
Sustainable Development, 82 pages, 1MB