Since 1837, when Hermès was founded in Paris, the house has remained faithful to its artisan model and its humanist values. The freedom to create, the constant search for beautiful materials, the transmission of savoir-faire of excellence, right up to the details designed for use, that is to say the aesthetics of function, all forge the singularity of Hermès, a house of objects created to last.  An independent, family-owned company, Hermès is dedicated to keeping the majority of its production in France through its 51 workshops and production sites. The group employs more than 16,600 people worldwide, including nearly 10,400 in France, among whom more than 5,600 are craftsmen and women*.

Since the house was established, the values of craftsmanship and of the artisan have shaped its development and form the basis of the Group’s ambition in the field of sustainable development. Thinking quality first, with strong respect for people and materials, means crafting long-lasting, handmade and reparable objects and implies and attention to sustainability at each step of the value chain. 

Learn more about Hermès Sustainable Development Commitments