Sustainable Development | Hermes

LA MAISON HERMès

Sustainable Development

Hermès’ action for sustainable development is founded on the values passed down through the generations by the artisans who have shaped our house and our objects since 1837. The roots of our longevity lie in a sense of responsibility, a quest for authenticity, and respect for time and natural resources. We wish to leave a positive imprint on the world. Men and women, the communities that we belong to, and materials derived from our natural environment have been our constant companions from our very origins. Today, they are more than ever at the heart of our preoccupations and our commitment to progress.

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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  • New footsteps

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  • THE COMMUNITIES

    New uses for horsehair in Challes

    Plain or dyed, combined with sisal or given a twist with patterns designed to meet the needs of contemporary decorators and upholsterers, horsehair continues its transformation at Créations Métaphores. The weaving process at ATBC, Holding Textile Hermès’ weaving workshop in the Sarthe department, is still entirely traditional.
  • THE PLANET

    Global Compact, an international code of conduct

    Some 9,000 companies around the world, including Hermès, voluntarily adhere to this “vade mecum” of corporate social responsibility. A United Nations initiative, it aims to involve private stakeholders in its ambitious sustainable development programme (SDGs).
  • WOMEN AND MEN

    The leather school: passing on values and skills

    A joint training programme supports Hermès’ development in leather goods. It provides a link between the many artisan specialisations and the leather goods workshops located all over France.

Our 2018 registration document

Extract CSR from the annual report 2018
Sustainable Development, 172?pages, 3.96?MB
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Our imprint on...

  • Les femmes et les hommes

    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.
  • 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 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.