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Diversity is an essential source of creativity and a core value of the LVMH Group. LVMH is strongly committed to building a culture of inclusion that respects the individuality of all employees. To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019, LVMH is underlining its commitment to promoting employment and access for people with disabilities, spotlighting initiatives led by LVMH Maisons around the world.
Promoting a diversity of backgrounds and career paths figures at the heart of LVMH’s human resources policy. The Group ensures that all employees enjoy their rights, irrespective of skin color, gender, religion, political convictions, national or social origins, age, disability, trade union membership, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Everyone is concerned with issues related to disabilities, whether temporary or permanent, and supporting people with disabilities figures at the heart of LVMH’s corporate social responsibility policy. Accessibility is a priority wherever the Group is present to ensure that everyone enjoys access to premises, facilities, communications, products and services. By actively supporting access, LVMH improves the daily lives of its employees and the quality of service for customers.
“Building an inclusive organization is imperative from a human perspective and essential to fulfilling our role as a responsible corporate citizen,” notes Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies.
To celebrate this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, LVMH is spotlighting initiatives by its Maisons to promote employment for people with disabilities, as well as access to the premises and products and services offered by LVMH Maisons.
In France, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has been designed to welcome all members of the public, regardless of impairments. Priority access is free for people with disabilities and the person accompanying them. The Foundation also makes the works it displays more accessible thanks to tactile maps, training for mediation teams, and specially-designed visits for people with disabilities. The Mercier champagne house has trained two members of its visitor reception team in French sign language.
In Italy, Bvlgari, Fendi and Loro Piana all support employment and retention for people with disabilities thanks to special adaptation of workstations. In Canada, Guerlain inaugurated a Spa in November with access for people with disabilities.
These inspiring real-world initiatives reflect the proactive commitment of the LVMH Group to continually promote inclusion for people with disabilities at every level of the organization.