© Fred Laures
Moët Hennessy Entreprise Adaptée celebrated its fifth anniversary in early June. Part of Moët & Chandon, MHEA has since its creation enabled 40 employees with disabilities to continue working thanks to a specially adapted environment.
Five years after the official inauguration by Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy, Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies and Marie-Anne Montchamp, State Secretary for Disability Affairs, Moët Hennessy Entreprise Adaptée can boast particularly successful results. Moët & Chandon created the unit in order to ensure employment for staff with disabilities, enabling them to continue working in a context adapted to their special needs.
MHEA has welcomed 41 employees over the past five years, a dozen of whom have gone on to permanent positions at other LVMH champagne houses. The structure has also recruited several people with disabilities from outside the Group, working with local state employment agencies. MHEA is every bit as innovative today as it was at its founding in 2011. As part of LVMH, it is one of the rare such structures integrated in a French blue chip group.
“What makes MHEA unique is that it is a full-fledged business,” notes Cyril Courtier, Director of Human Resources at MHCS, the umbrella company for Moët Hennessy’s different champagne houses. “We haven’t simply set up an entity with a social vocation, but rather a fully operational company where staff have financial and quality targets and must meet customer deadlines while achieving profitability objectives.” These goals have been met and then some: in five years, MHEA revenues have risen 30%, enabling the unit to expand and show a healthy balance sheet. This is a textbook example of how socially-responsible commitment and economic success go perfectly well together.