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Maison - Commitments 04/23

Louis Vuitton Environmental Commitment

“Great design, sustainability, and a great business do go hand in hand,” says Michael Burke, Chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton.

Savoir-faire and innovation are two of Louis Vuitton’s core values. The House is compelled to respect that which is the source of excellence of Louis Vuitton products: our shared natural resources. “Great design, sustainability, and a great business do go hand in hand,” says Michael Burke, Chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton.

As part of the LVMH Group, Louis Vuitton’s commitment is underpinned by LVMH’s Initiatives for The Environment (LIFE), which set goals to accelerate environmental progress across the entire value chain to be achieved by 2020.

Since first pioneering the Carbon Footprint© in 2004, Louis Vuitton has achieved tangible progress in efficiently managing its CO2 impacts. Priority areas include energy-use in corporate buildings and stores, the transport of products, the preservation and traceability of resources, supplier’s environmental practices, and the reduction of production waste. Today, driven by its ISO14001 certification, the House continues to prioritize these goals.

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Responsible sourcing

Louis Vuitton is committed to the careful monitoring of its supply chain, starting with its suppliers. All suppliers sign the LVMH code of conduct and Louis Vuitton conducts more than 200 audits per year to verify that suppliers meet high social and environmental standards.

Louis Vuitton is in the process of implementing a responsible sourcing program for all raw materials. Above to compliance, the program also covers traceability mapping, the most stringent certifications available, and a consistent commitment to animal and labor welfare. For example, as of 2018, Louis Vuitton has reached the LIFE 2020 target of 70% of leather goods tanneries becoming Leather Working Group (LGW) certified, the House’s timepiece and jewelry activities have obtained the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) certification, and diamonds are Kimberley Process-certified conflict-free.

Louis Vuitton is constantly seeking alternatives to raw materials that exhibit equivalent or higher quality but significantly lower environmental footprints. The LVMH Eco-Material Library is one of the largest resources within the luxury sector that educates creative teams on the use of innovative, eco-friendly materials. Furthermore, because preservation constitutes one of the House's strong commitment, the processes of cutting these raw materials are continually optimized to limit waste in design and production.

Products

Louis Vuitton products are designed to be sustainable and able to be repaired thanks to the House’s Client Service (advising clients how to properly care for their items so they last longer) and its Care and Repair Service (dedicated to increasing their capacity to restore products when they suffer wear and tear in a manner that respects its know-how and the use of the raw materials).

Through a combination of digital models and 3D printing, the product prototyping process has been streamlined. By adopting an agility manufacturing model, adjustments can be made in real-time and inefficiencies in the supply chain are greatly reduced.

The House’s creative team is trained on eco-design in order to take into consideration the environmental implications of their creations - from the extraction of raw materials to the product’s end of life.

Packaging

Louis Vuitton continues to search for innovative solutions such as the sourcing of responsible raw materials, the removal of excess packaging, collapsible gift boxes, and the ergonomic use of space in transport in order to reduce the House’s overall carbon footprint.

As for the final product packaging, Louis Vuitton gift boxes are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Mix fibers, which means that the paper comes from FSC-certified virgin and recycled fibers from well- managed forests. The felt dust bags that protect Louis Vuitton products are made with cotton sourced from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a program that aims to transform the cotton industry worldwide both environmentally and socially.

In line with Louis Vuitton’s core value of making products that last after even generations of use, the House’s perfumes come in a bottle that can be refilled at select boutiques featuring fragrance fountains. Exclusively designed for Louis Vuitton, these fountains are able to fill up an empty bottle without ever having been opened - not a drop of fragrance is lost nor does it even encounter the surrounding air, meaning there is no need to create a new bottle. Finally, in order to optimize the use of the planet’s natural resources and to limit waste, Louis Vuitton invites everyone to reuse or sort packaging that is able to be recycled via a proper channel, thus creating a sustainable and circular use of raw materials.

Circular creativity

Louis Vuitton is committed to both minimizing wasteful by-products and, in parallel, finding optimal end-of-life solutions for all materials. Louis Vuitton has adopted a specific reuse-processing technique, to give a second life to very precious materials such as gold, leather, wood, textiles and more.

In this way, donations to associations from the circular economy such as ‘La Réserve des Arts’ in France or ’MFTA’ in New York, fashion and design schools and even the implementation of material exchange between workshops encourage responsible management of materials – in particular, the rarest ones. Their latest successful achievement, named “Cuirs Patrimoine”, consolidates obsolete stocks of leather hides for the design of their new products. Overall, the House’s leather goods workshops recover 60% of their leather scraps for re-use or recycling.

This spirit of upcycling extends beyond production: uniforms are donated, events display units are reworked by artists or associations, posters are transformed into notebooks, architectural components renovated etc.

Climate resilience contribution

LVMH’s Carbon Fund, created during 2015 at the COP21 Conference, enables Louis Vuitton to invest the global part of its carbon tax to reduce the energy consumption of their operations. For example, the House has been investing heavily in technology such as LED lighting and highly efficient air-conditioning and heating systems for new and renovated stores.

As part of this Carbon efficiency program, Louis Vuitton has established an ambitious eco-building strategy roadmap in order to reduce the environmental footprint of all sites, both corporate and in the store network. All architects receive LVMH Store environmental guidelines training to encourage consideration of sustainability at the design stage. Guidelines include best practice principals such as LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and HEQ® (High Environmental Quality). As a result, Louis Vuitton targets the BREEAM Gold certification for its future workshops.

Louis Vuitton’s CEO Michael Burke believes that “the most eco-efficient way to reduce [our] global carbon footprint is to ship the right product to the right store at the right time“. In order to address this, Louis Vuitton has become the first Global Green certified supply chain (ISO14001), which involves a range of ambitious initiatives and strict measures. Not only has the House reduced the volumes transported and the distances covered, but the implementation of real-time retail analysis allows Louis Vuitton to better anticipate product needs in stores and prevent unnecessary transport. The selection of transportation and logistical partners was initially based exclusively on the environmental commitment of the providers and their capacity for innovation and progress.