COP21: Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre on the importance of the environment

PARIS, 2015-12-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the COP21 World Climate Summit, of which LVMH is a partner, we asked five CEOs from our different business sectors to talk about the importance of the environment for their respective Houses. Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy, presents initiatives taken by LVMH Wines & Spirits Houses.

Why is the environment so important for Moët Hennessy?
Wines and spirits are obviously intimately linked to nature. Every day at Moët Hennessy we keep in mind that, without nature, we simply would not exist. Thanks to the work of skilled people, our Houses, founded centuries ago, nurture this unique heritage to craft exceptional wines and spirits.

We are very much aware of the impact of our activities on the environment, and we have a responsibility to of course preserve our heritage, but also enrich it thanks to research and innovation, in order to pass it on to future generations.

Is there one particular initiative by your Houses of which you are especially proud?
All our Houses work each day to improve their environmental performance, and I’m tremendously proud of these efforts. It’s impossible to say that one is more important than the others, and it would take too long to cite all of them. But there are several that are emblematic.

In Champagne, since July 2014 our vineyards have had dual certification for Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne and High Environmental Value. The creation of this nationwide label was initiated by our Houses. After having achieved certification for their own vineyards they seek to inspire the entire industry, especially transport firms, to make respect for the environment a priority.

Hennessy now ships over 95% of its products by ship and rail, giving priority to transportation solutions that generate the lowest carbon emissions. We were a stakeholder in reopening the rail line between Cognac and the port of Le Havre and we’re working to go even further this year by adopting a circular economy approach with one of our suppliers on this itinerary. This environmentally-responsible initiative does not only apply to shipping but also to employee travel. We’ve deployed a fleet of 60 electric vehicles at our different production sites and our drivers receive eco-driving training.

One last example is Veuve Clicquot, which has really innovated with a 100% biodegradable box made from grape skins and recycled paper, and called, quite logically, Naturally Clicquot. This initiative is a first step in our efforts to systematically employ this type of innovative packaging.

How will the creation of the LVMH Carbon Fund help your Houses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?
In 2008 we set a target of reducing our aggregate C02 emissions for all our Houses by 30% by 2020. The carbon fund will allow us to accelerate these efforts and even exceed our target. We’ll be able to push further in deploying new innovative processes to reduce our carbon footprint.

SOURCE: LVMH

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COP21: Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre on the importance of the environment

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COP21: Sephora CEO Chris de Lapuente talks about the importance of the environment

PARIS, 2015-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the COP21 World Climate Summit, of which LVMH is a partner, we asked five CEOs from our different business sectors to talk about the importance of the environment for their respective Houses. Chris de Lapuente, CEO of Sephora, spotlights innovative solutions introduced by the beauty brand.

Why is the environment so important to Sephora?
We aim to be the best loved and most admired beauty community in the world. This means we have a responsibility to help build a better society, which is why I want Sephora to be a benchmark for exemplary environmental performance. New technologies, equipment and eco-friendly materials are being introduced all the time and impact every aspect of our business – architecture, store operations, logistics, products, etc. Environmental responsibility brings us a fantastic opportunity to show our disruptive spirit thanks to creative and innovative initiatives. It’s embedded in our DNA!

Is there one particular initiative Sephora has taken of which you’re especially proud?
There are a lot of things we can be proud of, but the most significant is the energy savings we’ve achieved thanks to LED lighting. Starting three years ago, all our new stores and renovation projects have been fitted with latest-generation LED lights, which are 15% more energy efficient. And this is a worldwide commitment. For example, by the end of 2016, our U.S. retail network will be 100% LED. We’re quite proud of this effort.

How will the creation of the LVMH Carbon Fund help Sephora reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?
The fund will at the same time change and facilitate our strategy of investing in equipment with a lower carbon footprint. We’ve identified three strategic levers to reduce our energy consumption: lighting, air-conditioning and deliveries.
The fund will allow us to test the latest eco-friendly solutions and gradually integrate the most effective ones in our operations.
My vision is for our global store network to be carbon neutral in 2020. It’s an exciting objective that really stimulates our creativity!

SOURCE” LVMH

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