Products created by the Group’s Houses are made from natural and often rare and exceptional raw materials. The design and manufacture of luxury products not only require innovation, creativity and production excellence, but also environmental performance. These values, which originate in the unique heritage of our Houses, are perpetuated through the expertise and commitment of our environment teams. The LVMH Environmental Department has been working closely with our Houses for over 20 years to achieve exemplary environmental performance.
The Environmental Charter signed by Bernard Arnault in 2001 defines the Group’s goals and strategy:
- Aim for a high level of environmental performance;
- Foster a collective commitment;
- Control environmental risks;
- Design high-quality products by integrating environmental innovation and creativity;
- Pursue commitments beyond the company.
LIFE, LVMH Indicators For the Environment
The LIFE program has been developed since 2012 to embed environmental factors more deeply in managerial processes, facilitate the development of new environmental management tools, and integrate the changes and improvements achieved thanks to innovative practices at LVMH Houses. The program is implemented by the executive committee at each House and is based on nine key elements of environmental performance. The Houses define action plans by prioritizing strategic objectives, along with indicators to measure performance. Since June 2014, LIFE has been made an integral part of each House’s strategic plan.
LVMH Houses powered by renewable energies!
Whether solar, wind, geothermal, tides or vegetation, renewable energy sources all share very limited (or even zero) carbon footprints, giving them pride of place in the global transition to clean energies. Renewal energies are also a priority in LVMH’s environmental policy. TAG Heuer and Loro Piana are among the LVMH Houses that are leading the way.
Construction: green buildings
The construction industry is the world’s third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. This has led LVMH to make environmental performance a priority criteria for all its sites, whether warehouses, stores or offices. Two truly remarkable projects illustrate this policy.
Logistics to meet climate challenges
LVMH has conducted environmental audits at most of its Houses since 2002, enabling precise measurement of the contribution of logistics to its greenhouse gas emissions. This has led to a series of actions over the past two decades to deliver merchandise using methods that combine operational performance and environmental excellence, whether the transport distances are long or short. Discover several emblematic examples.
Electric vehicles clear the air!
Delegates to the COP21 meeting will be transported by electric cars, underscoring the role of green mobility in the fight against climate change. This conviction is firmly embedded at LVMH, illustrated by initiatives at two of the Group’s wines and spirits houses, Hennessy and Moët & Chandon.
Reducing the retail energy appetite
Some 70% of LVMH’s greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to energy consumption at the Group’s stores, which span over a million square meters of retail floorspace worldwide. To help fight climate change, LVMH and its Houses have placed priority on improving the energy performance of retail spaces.
LVMH establishes internal carbon fund
LVMH established an internal carbon fund in November 2015, the first such initiative in the history of the Group. This initiative aims to create a virtuous circle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the Group and its Houses, contributing to international efforts to limit global warming. Watch this animated video to learn how the new fund works.
The LIFE program, Bulgari example
Like all LVMH Houses, Bulgari has integrated the LIFE program in its strategic plan. The executive committee, with support from operational teams, defined an ambitious agenda to strengthen and structure initiatives that have already been implemented.
CEDRE recycling platform
Since 2010, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics Houses and Sephora have been using CEDRE, a platform to sort, recycle and recover waste.
Wood from sustainably managed forests for Hennessy barrels
Located in Cognac, the Sarrazine cooperage manufactures, maintains and repairs the barrels which contain Hennessy eaux-de-vie, to ensure they age properly.
Eco-design at Guerlain
At Guerlain, eco-design is a source of innovation for teams, challenging them to be creative and think differently about the luxury of tomorrow, placing emphasis on greater responsibility and sustainability throughout the entire product life cycle.
The Louis Vuitton Drôme workshop
Conform to the demanding High Environmental Quality (HQE) standard, the Louis Vuitton Drôme workshop was designed and built to meld seamlessly with the landscape. The largest green roof on an industrial building in France contributes to its perfect integration.