Implementing more efficient environmentally-friendly practices requires modern management and advanced technologies, but more importantly, the awareness and mobilization of all employees. By organizing its structures and stimulating initiatives, LVMH group wants to link local initiatives and safety.
The Group companies must write their own environmental policy according to their activity, their impacts on the environment, and define their own objectives. They can choose whether or not to orient towards a certification of their environmental management system by a third part. As an example Jas Hennessy and Co was in 1998 the first company in the world to receive the ISO 14001 certification in the wines and spirits sector.
ISO 14001 certification was also received by a Louis Vuitton Malletier workshop in December 2003 and by all the sites of champagne companies Krug and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin in February 2004
A networked organization
LVMH's stated desire to implement a global environmental policy translated into the creation of the Group environmental department in the early 1990's, which reports to the Chief Financial Officer who is a member of the executive committee. The environment is a priority and a performance criterion just like the more traditional social and economic indicators.
All group companies, which have local environmental responsibilities, have an environment officer who is part of the action and information network coordinated and led by the Group environmental department. A network, the Environment Commission, provides a forum for these officers to exchange ideas and experiences, to set targets and action plans through regular meetings.
An Environment Intranet which every employee can access offers a broad range of tools:
- monitoring of international regulations and environmental technologies,
- common environmental indicators,
- tools developed by the Environment Commission: training modules by theme (wastes / water / regulations / awareness) for all levels of the organization, "Packaging and the Environment" guide, "Environment in administrative sites" guide, "Suppliers" tool…
Continued efforts to raise awareness, educate and train
Environmental protection is not a slogan, but a learning process. Paying attention to the environment in each daily gesture assumes a mobilized, motivated and competent work force. That is why LVMH Group companies conduct numerous programs to raise awareness, educate and train their 100,000 employees.
Recognition by ethical investment indexes
The quality of the Group's environmental policy and actions has been recognised by its inclusion in three primary American, British and European ethical investment indices: Dow Jones Sustainability Index, FTSE4GOOD, Arese Sustainable Performance Index. LVMH is one of rare French companies to be so distinguished