LVMH Disability Inclusion

Social & environmental responsibility

Around the world, LVMH is committed to recruiting people with disabilities and helping them to stay in work. LVMH fiercely refutes the still all-too-common misconception that disabled people do not belong in the world of luxury. On the contrary, the Group knows that hiring talented disabled people contributes to the excellence of Group Maisons. That is why, for over 15 years, the Group has made integrating disabled employees one of its priorities. Internationally, the Group has set itself a target of employing disabled people as 2% of its workforce.

On December 3, 2020, LVMH joined the Global Business and Disability Network set up by the International Labour Organization. Since 2007, LVMH has rolled out several initiatives via LVMH Disability Inclusion. Through a network of 54 disability champions in the various Maisons, LVMH Disability Inclusion trains teams and raises their awareness of disability issues, thus helping ensure the long-term employment of people with disabilities in the Group.

Recruiting employees with disabilities and helping them to stay in work

In France, the Moët Hennessy Entreprise Adaptée (MHEA)—a sheltered workshop created in 2011 whose employees are all disabled—has enabled over 80 people with disabilities to find work in an appropriate corporate environment. Around a dozen of them have obtained permanent contracts with the Group’s champagne Maisons. At Celine Japan, people with disabilities make up more than 2.2% of the workforce, and the Maison has a mission to promote equal opportunities for all.

Facilitating the employment of disabled people

The sheltered employment sector enables people with mild to severe disabilities to work in a setting that offers flexible working conditions and suits their situation.

Has also set up a platform that enables its procurement teams to contact vocational rehabilitation centers and sheltered workshops directly and organize innovative projects and collaborations in a wide range of procurement and outsourcing categories.

Fostering inclusion through partnerships

The Group can amplify its impact and challenge stereotypes through partnerships. In the US, for example, LVMH supports Runway of Dreams, a non-profit that works toward the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fashion industry. Founded by Mindy Scheier, Runway of Dreams aims to change the way the fashion industry views people with disabilities by recruiting disabled models and designing clothing to suit them.

LVMH also co-founded the non-profit ARPEJEH (an acronym for the French name, meaning “supporting young disabled students through education”) and has sat on its board since 2012. ARPEJEH works with over 80 companies, including Maisons Berluti, Christian Dior Couture and Louis Vuitton, to promote vocational training, qualifications and employment for young people with disabilities.