Designing packaging that prevents the waste of raw materials and generates smaller waste volumes is a principle of both good management and respect for the environment. This can only be done if we thoroughly understand the effects of the product on the biosphere, from manufacture to disposal. This is the role of Life Cycle Analysis, a method applied by the LVMH group since 1993, in its initial study on the path followed by a standard Hennessy product. The implementation of actions to reduce the products impacts throughout their life cycle implies to work closely with the suppliers and subcontractors.
Getting suppliers and subcontractors to meet environmental requirements is the subject of the "Suppliers tool" that the Environmental Commission developed for all Group companies in 2002. That tool lists the environmental requirements that they must meet and presents the environmental issues that are to be taken into consideration in supplier audits or in contracts and specifications.
To ensure effective environmental control, the companies of the Group are conducting an awareness program with their suppliers and subcontractors. For example, Kenzo Mode, through systematic environmental requirements, induces its fabric suppliers to comply with regulations governing nitrogen dyes and the use of nickel. Louis Vuitton Malletier demands recyclable materials, printed with inks that do not contain heavy metals, from the suppliers of the bags that hold its boutique products.