Corporate Philanthropy

We believe that philanthropy initiatives in support of those most in need constitute a fitting way to give back to a society that has enabled our Group to thrive.

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In 1991, Bernard Arnault established corporate philanthropy as a cornerstone of LVMH’s image and a strategic component in the Group’s development. More than twenty years later, this commitment makes a clear statement regarding the issue of the ethical responsibility of businesses in general, as well as the distinctive role played in society by a group such as LVMH, in France and around the world.

LVMH corporate citizenship initiatives aim to benefit the largest possible number of people. These actions focus in particular on youth, alleviating suffering and public health.

Economic Footprint

LVMH has pursued dynamic momentum since its creation, expanding in particular in international markets. The Group’s performance is a source of economic development, employment and innovation everywhere its Houses are present.

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The Group’s distinctive business model enables LVMH and its Houses to nurture excellence both upstream and downstream, from sourcing and production to the distribution of products through its own network of stores.

Brand headquarters and production sites – based mainly in Europe – as well as the stores and logistics centers operated by many Group houses, all employ a growing number of people around the world to keep pace with product demand.

In 2016, LVMH and its Houses recruited 33,477 people, raising the total number of employees to 134,476.

LVMH requires exemplary behavior by all its employees and partners. Rules and guidelines governing respect for ethics and social and environmental responsiblity principles in their conduct are set out in the LVMH Code of Conduct and the LVMH Supplier Code of Conduct.


LVMH is a leader in the luxury industry, a sector that makes a major contribution to the economic and social fabric of many regions in France and the rest of Europe. This network of excellence brings these regions incomparable economic and cultural assets.

What’s more, LVMH Houses directly or indirectly help  thousands of partner businesses thrive as the luxury sector creates new, sustainable jobs with high added value. Luxury represents over 10% of total European exports, making  a significant contribution to French and European foreign trade.

Luxury goods enhance the appeal of the countries where they are made for tourists. LVMH Houses thus energize the economies of major European cities and heighten their reputation as cultural hubs.

The remarkable quality of LVMH products requires rare craftsmanship and savoir-faire. Preserving these métiers is paramount to the sustained success of LVMH and the traditions nurtured by its Houses. The Group supports these irreplaceable skills with a long-term vision, stimulating innovation and encouraging careers in these métiers among young people.  For example, LVMH has created the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME). This vocational training program allows the Group to ensure transmission of  its unique savoir-faire and promote careers in artisanal and design professions among younger generations.

Social Responsibility

LVMH is committed to exemplary social responsibility. This commitment is based on the fundamental principle of respect for people, and on making excellence a lever for social and professional inclusion, in solidarity with our host communities.

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Respect for people and individuals

Corporate social responsibility at LVMH is anchored in fundamental principles that center on respect for people.  LVMH provides a work environment that lets each employee fully express their talent and apply their expertise under the best possible conditions. This ensures that each person’s individuality is respected and enriched. This policy is perfectly aligned with preserving the exceptional savoir-faire of our Houses and continuing to enrich their remarkable heritage.

“Each day, LVMH shows the amazing results that come from the meeting of creative minds and talented craftsmanship. These creations could not exist without the remarkable women and men who work at all our Houses. Our commitment to exemplary social responsibility means respecting their individuality, developing and transmitting our savoir-faire, and identifying talents who share our quest for excellence.”

Encouraging excellence as a lever for social inclusion

LVMH also strongly believes that excellence, the driving force behind its success, constitutes a prime lever for social and professional inclusion. Our social responsibility includes initiatives inspired by excellence to help marginalized or vulnerable groups, acting in solidarity with our host communities around the world. This is one way that LVMH cascades the positive social impact of its business activities through a vision of excellence that is both generous and inclusive.

LVMH’s social responsibility is based on four pillars: workplace well-being and quality working conditions, developing talent and savoir-faire, preventing discrimination and supporting local communities. This vision of social responsibility is shared by all the Group’s Houses, who adapt it to address their own priorities and local presence, always respecting their distinctive identities.

LVMH requires exemplary behavior by all its employees and partners. Rules and guidelines governing respect for ethics and social and environmental responsiblity principles in their conduct are set out in the LVMH Code of Conduct and the LVMH Supplier Code of Conduct.

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LVMH and its Maisons have always viewed preserving the environment not as an obligation, but as an imperative. The design and manufacture of luxury goods require innovation, creativity and flawless execution, and environmental performance is integral to every stage in this process.

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Future LIFE - Retrospective film

LVMH: 25 years of green history

LVMH Maisons have grown and thrived thanks to a long-term perspective and patience. Their products, crafted from natural raw materials that are often rare and exceptional, embody our quest for perfection, sustainability and transmission of savoir-faire. This long-term vision dictates respect for nature, which plays an integral role in the success of LVMH. The strong conviction that we must proactively apply our energies led to the creation of the LVMH Environment Department 25 years ago.

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.


Future LIFE - Highlights of the event

“The LIFE program is the foundation and backbone that structures all the initiatives deployed by LVMH within the scope of our environmental policy, at all our Maisons, from product design to retailing.”


The LIFE (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) program was created in 2012 to elevate the environmental performance of LVMH and its Maisons. This program makes environmental imperatives an integral part of management processes and facilitates the creation of new environmental management tools while encouraging innovative practices at the different Maisons.

The LIFE program is implemented by the executive committee of each Maison as an integral component in the strategic business plan. It centers on nine key environmental performance factors. Each Maison establishes an action plan focused on strategic priorities, along with indicators to track performance.

LVMH took its environmental commitments to a new level in 2016 with the launch of LIFE 2020, which sets four concrete objectives shared by all Maisons:

  • Product objective: Improve the environmental performance of all our products.
  • Supply Chain objective: Apply the highest environmental standards across 70% of our procurement chains.
  • CO2 objective: Reduce CO2 emissions from energy consumption by 25% compared with 2013.
  • Site objective: Improve the environmental performance  of all sites and stores by at least 10%

“The LIFE program unifies and mobilizes our Maisons around key environmental performance factors. LIFE 2020 is a roadmap that will let us achieve more and accelerate our efforts to meet ambitious goals and drive continuous improvement.”

Future LIFE - LIFE 2020 program


LVMH’s environmental performance strategy, best practices and indicators are detailed each year in the LVMH Environmental Report.

> View all environmental reports since 2002.
> Learn more about Group Governance and SRI.
Download the most recent environmental report
> Download LVMH Code of Conduct
> Downlad the LVMH Supplier Code of Conduct

Art & Culture

Initiated in 1990, our corporate philanthropy program supports arts and culture by sharing a passion for artistic disciplines and creativity with the widest possible audience.

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Over the past twenty years, LVMH has pursued a corporate philanthropy policy that resonates with the values of the Group and its Houses, respecting the image and communications strategies of individual brands. This approach underpins LVMH’s commitment to ensure that the widest possible public benefits from our initiatives to support culture and artistic creativity.

“Support for the arts and culture figures at the very heart of our business model. Right from the creation of our Group, I made it clear that this is a strategic priority for our development. This commitment embodies the values our Houses all share – savoir-faire, excellence and creativity – and anchors them in their artistic, cultural and social environment.”


LVMH’s diverse patronage for the arts and culture spans several areas in France and other countries: restoration of historical monuments, acquiring works for major museums, contributing to major national exhibitions and supporting the work of contemporary artists.

The support given to more than 45 major exhibitions in France and overseas has enabled millions of visitors to discover important artists from both the history of art and more modern works.


Pupils from elementary and middle schools as well as art students can follow educational programs designed and implemented by the Group that allow them access to the best of culture, particularly in the field of fine arts and music. In 2014, LVMH pledged its support once again to the International Music Academy, founded by the orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa, in the continuation of its “1,000 seats for young people” initiative. Finally, the loan of Stradivarius instruments from the LVMH collection allows virtuoso musicians – particularly today, Tedi Papavrami and Henri Demarquette – to express the full scope of their genius on the international stage.