© Julien Lutt
To mark Pride Month 2020 LVMH reaffirmed its commitment to promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity at every level of the organization with “Voices of Inclusion”, a special online event sponsored by Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH EVP Human Resources and Synergies.
“Be an ally” was the rallying cry as LVMH invited all its staff to be part of the “Voices of Inclusion” event on June 26 at the Group’s headquarters in Paris. Resonating with “People Make the Difference”, the unifying theme of LVMH’s human resources policy, the event spotlighted a clear and powerful message: the incredibly diverse profiles of the Group’s people are an invaluable source of creativity, innovation and thus performance. This makes it imperative for the entire organization to mobilize at every level to promote this multifaceted diversity and ensure inclusion to enable everyone to be themselves and fully express their potential at every stage in their professional career.
Sponsored by Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH EVP Human Resources and Synergies, “Voices of Inclusion” celebrated the Group’s Diversity & Inclusion policy with a three-part agenda.
Numerous people from LVMH from around the world shared their personal experiences and talked about what it means to be a member or supporter of the LGBTI community in their work environment.
During a round table, Francis Kurkdjian, Perfumer and co-founder of his eponymous Maison, and Rodney Williams, CEO of Belvedere Vodka, explained how diversity and inclusion are sources of both creative inspiration and commercial success.
“Voices of Inclusion” then showcased some of the many initiatives taken by LVMH and its Maisons in support of the LGBTI cause. Among the different actions included in the LVMH Inclusion Index, a dashboard for tracking exemplary internal efforts to promote gender equality and fight discrimination against LGBTI people, three were singled out for their sustained action and impact throughout the year. An award was given collectively to all LVMH Maisons based in the United States (with support from LVMH Inc.) for the creation of “All LVMH Pride”, an affinity community for all LGBTQIA+ employees in the United States and their supporters. Sephora USA received an award for “Classes for Confidence”, makeup classes for transexual or nonbinary communities. And Louis Vuitton South Asia received an award for ensuring that partners of LGBTI employees are eligible for coverage under supplemental health insurance plans in a region where some countries do not recognize same-sex partnerships or marriages.
Local actions were also highlighted in all the regions where LVMH is present around the world. This broad engagement reflects the strategic importance placed on Diversity & Inclusion by LVMH and its employees in every country, because guaranteeing an inclusive culture where each individual is respected and can thrive professionally is everyone’s business!