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Fashion Sustainability in Progress: Hermes By Anuja

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This is the 4th article in a bimonthly series where we will look at the most selling brands in the fashion industry in the year 2016-17. Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, reported Best Global Brands of 2017. Ten luxury and apparel companies made their mark in the top 100. Each blog post would probe into these companies for environmental and social performance by highlighting their progress. Stay tuned for this bimonthly series looking into their sustainability efforts.

Ranking on  Best Global Brands of 2017:  Hermes is at 32 out of 100.

Fashion Transparency Index Final Score: 21-30% Brands scoring between 20-30% are likely to be publishing much more detailed information about their policies, procedures, social and environmental goals and supplier assessment and remediation processes.

Third party verification of report: Yes.  PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Reporting Standard: NA.

Insights from its sustainability report:

For 10 years, the Company’s sustainable development actions have been overseen by a Sustainable Development Committee.

Employee engagement

In 2016, the sites in Paris and Bobigny organised one event daily, such as:

  • distribution of fruit and vegetable baskets to meetings with beekeepers
  • clothing drives
  • wellness workshops
  • awareness raising on eco-driving
  • awareness raising on sustainable agriculture and meetings with local farmers
  • workshops on individual recycling and sorting
  • maintenance of beehives on four of sites
  • harvest and distribute honey from the hives located on the tannery grounds to its employees
  • community vegetable gardens maintained by employees
  • carpooling challenge
  • challenge with Le Relais for the collection of textiles, communications on eco-actions, book donations for children
  • urban beekeeping (introduction to bees, beekeeping and the challenges of pollination, as well as a honey tasting)
  • urban agro-ecology (the principles of agro-ecology and learning how to create one’s own vegetable garden)
  • promoting biodiversity (presentation of the various habitats required to preserve biodiversity)
  • organic breakfast featuring local products
  • conservation of a protected local species, the pearl mussel
  • “Just dive in!” programme: These exchanges between the general public and the employees of the production unit provided an opportunity to discuss the site’s water-conservation context and the installation of phytotreatment basins recently renovated by the production unit.
  • At the end of 2016, all employees in the craftsmanship division took part in an interactive training day on awareness of the body and its role, “Un corps pour la vie” (“A body for life”). This fun health awareness module was delivered to artisans at the production units and employees in administrative roles. It is the first step of a commitment to healthy living every day.

Diversity

  • In 2016 the Group developed a diversity management and anti-discrimination training programme, which will be rolled out among local managers throughout 2017.
  • In 2016, HTH continued to support the Handysoie partner company, in collaboration with an ESAT, which employs disabled staff for making textile products.

Chemicals

  • The programme for measuring employee exposure to certain chemical agents, which began in 2015, continued at the Vivoin, Montereau, Cuneo and Annonay sites.

Performance

  • Hermès launched a study in collaboration with an external partner to evaluate the social and environmental footprint of the supply line for alligator skins in the United States, with conclusions expected in 2017.

Resource and waste management

  • Refurbishing the tank furnace, one of the big projects at cristallerie SaintLouis in 2016, was an opportunity to optimise our main melting tool for manufacturing, and it launched operations in November. The technology chosen will enable a reduction in the consumption of raw materials of approximately 20%.
  • A study of potential improvements to the SIEGL effluent treatment plant was undertaken in 2016. The aim is to improve performance in processing waste and to increase the proportion of recycled water put back into processes.
  • In Hong Kong, donations were made to “Food Angel”, an NGO involved in the fight against food waste and hunger in the region. Thus, unsold and leftover food from local retailers and restaurants was redistributed to disadvantaged communities in the form of hot meals. Volunteers from the office and stores also helped collect food leftovers for “Bread Run”, the leading food bank for people in need. The subsidiary continued its support for “Lunch Club” with donations and employees helping out at this restaurant for people in difficulty

Other initiatives:

  • the use of brass is banned and replaced by aluminium, in order to reduce the weight of furniture and simplify recycling;
  • pure wool carpets are laid using a plant-based adhesive, so that they can be recycled when replaced

Biodiversity

  • In India, the Hermès subsidiary chose to give 2% of its income (as required under Indian law) to the “News” NGO in 2016. News is active in the fight to protect nature, the environment and wildlife. The contribution was aimed at supporting aquaculture/fish farming development projects in Sundarban villages in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The type of wood used for the floors in stores is selected from locally available species.
  • In 2016, the nine sustainability projects impacted the lives of over 1 million people, and contributed to replanting more than 120 million trees.

Transparency

  • For several years, the Company has been involved in a certification process (the Responsible Jewellery Council - RJC) to guarantee the best traceability for production and purchasing for our jewellery. This certification must be regularly renewed through audits performed by RJC throughout the chain, from production through to distribution. This renewal of the certification took place in 2016. This makes it possible to offer the best environmental and social guarantees regarding the conditions in which precious materials are sourced.

Energy efficiency

  • All the French sites (production, services, stores) are now supplied with green energy, mainly hydro, produced locally.
  • In 2016, in addition to the new stores, relamping with LED systems continued on the global network of existing stores, bringing the total proportion of Hermès stores equipped with LED systems to 55%.
  • Measures have been taken to reduce energy consumption, such as the removal of halogen lights and the installation of LED systems on the last of the decoration workshop workstations as well as on all brush workshop workstations.
  • Other initiatives (installation of electricity consumption sub-meters and motion detector systems in fitting rooms, washrooms and back offices) were taken on all new store projects in 2016.

Spending

  • A budget of €0.5 million has been invested in various projects to improve the production unit’s performance in terms of hygiene, ergonomics, safety, working conditions and the environment.
  • A total of €0.65 million was devoted to the prevention of environmental risks and pollution in 2016. Most of this investment went towards the optimisation of sites’ water treatment plants.

Hermes in the news:

 

Anuja Sawant

Environment & Social Sustainability Specialist

https://anujasawant.com/

When You Alternate Creativity and Responsible Innovation

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I create, you create and we create in a constant way seeking for a new fashion trend, a new fashion idea. For me creativity is a concept above creating; it is a whole idea of imagination.  You imagine, you create and you innovate. Sustainability stands out for many societal challenges. Also, it is a creative process in order to create the fashion trend or idea. We often follow the new fashion trend. However, how about when we question our creativity when we innovate?

Taking into account that we live in a society concerned with social and environmental sustainability; it make sense to reproach the creativity in the slow fashion movement. Who said that sustainable is not creative?

When it is about to alternate creativity and responsible innovation, therefore, reproaching the fashion industry as long as we know that in order to require success we need a high level of creativity.

For instance, you would like to take an outfit for a creative Instagram feed. You take the first one, you might not like it. You take the second one, you might not like it. You take the third one you might not like it, three tentative in vain. It is not at the right level of your imagination. The better option would be to take too many then select the one that matches with your expectations. However, the tentative might fail.

In the context of innovation: let’s discuss the innovation of a product. It would be the first design, the second, the third at the end the last tentative that matches with your expectations, Also, the customers expectation. There are many steps in order to make that design: The material (which  Eco-friendly material selected), the style, the creative touch. So it is a whole to think about in order to make the ONE.

As a designer having all the processes in hand, by this way satisfying the need of the Eco-consumer is relevant.  Therefore, not only it exceeds the needs but also it makes the difference.

How you get there?

First: Knowing about the concept of responsible innovation and apply it in your creative context.

Second: Creativity, talent and passion have no limits. You stand out for the environment and you stand out for the difference.

Finally: Alternate creativity in your innovation.

I try to simplify the concept of responsible innovation for you in order to achieve your higher potential in the slow fashion movement. It is obvious above your talent; you need to make it as a whole package of learning, knowledge in order to alternate your creativity with responsibility.

 

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Why Ethical is Empowering Women?

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The discussion about ethical in a society with a large number of challenges has a relationship between different causes. However, sustainability could stand out for many reasons such as: social, environmental and economical. As long as we are responsible, we might ask the question. Who is responsible for what, how and where? We could be responsible for the future of many women that have lack of education, or they are facing sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and other discrimination. Empower women behind ethical. I love the idea and I always loved it. Therefore, combining ethical and empowering women; what an amazing opportunity to offer women the right of growth and independence.

I started  'Fleur Éthique' toward this mission to empower women and to express my ethical style, I simply felt that a voice inside of me should be heard, inspire and empower women. There are many ways that leads to the path:

Ethical for me, is that beyond the materials and the fabrics there are conditions of employees which have to be paid and well treated. This could be a way to empower women who don’t have access to equal education. Most of women choose working in worst conditions, in a horrible environment just to gain their day. At the end of the story, they are not well paid. Instead of unhappiness and hunger at least, we could offer women good environment conditions, well paid, education. Also, it could be an opportunity to overcome poverty.

Behind our luxury clothes, nice looks and styles. Who knows that the woman who made your piece of clothing facing all kind of discrimination? Let’s not imagine the situation and be positive in order to make the change.

On the other hand, there is another way to express women empowerment is the vision of the brand. The brand could communicate women confidence, courage, achieving the same capabilities, and many more ideas. The only thing left is the initiative. There are many brands that are already on the right path such as:

NAJA, ELEGANTEES, FASHIONABLE, MY SISTER, RAVEN+LILY, A BEAUTIFUL REFUGE,  MALIA DESIGNS, OUR SACRED WOMEN, LIBERTI USA etc.

Not only brands, but also bloggers, NGO’s, communities, movements etc but everyone could contribute in order to empower the woman, the one that made your clothes.

I was really impressed by the stories of these brands; I wish if all the brands will walk on the right path and aspire for humanity with style. It doesn’t matter if it costs money, what really matter that it does not cost a life.

 ‘’ Beyond the style there is a human, a woman who made your clothes ‘’.

 

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The Race for Sustainable Fashion

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We all know that a crucial and intimate part of a thriving industry is competition. Innovation is a race, engagement, a contest.

In the arena of sustainable fashion Europe as a region is ahead and thriving, other countries like Africa are following suit, and America is dead last.

Why is the state of the sustainable fashion industry in the United States this way? Is America interested in this race, and is there room for these changes in the American economy? In this article I'd like to pay attention to the details as to why Europe, Africa, and other countries are ready for these changes, and America isn't.

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Fashion Sustainability in Progress: Zara By Anuja

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This is the 3rd article in a bimonthly series where we will look at the most selling brands in the fashion industry in the year 2016-17. Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, reported Best Global Brands of 2017. Ten luxury and apparel companies made their mark in the top 100. Each blog post would probe into these companies for environmental and social performance by highlighting their progress. Stay tuned for this bimonthly series looking into their sustainability efforts.

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Fashion Sustainability in Progress: H&M

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This is the 2nd article in a bimonthly series where we will look at the most selling brands in the fashion industry in the year 2016-17. Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, reported Best Global Brands of 2017. Ten luxury and apparel companies made their mark in the top 100. Each blog post would probe into these companies for environmental and social performance by highlighting their progress. Stay tuned for this bimonthly series looking into their sustainability efforts.

Ranking on Best Global Brands of 2017: H&M is at 23 out of 100.

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