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Know-how and transmission of skills

The Foundation’s activities are rooted in our over-arching belief that professional trades based on the mastery of artisan skills are important vectors for self-fulfilment and, in some contexts, improved living conditions. The Foundation is committed to supporting organisations working at the grassroots level, using a variety of approaches adapted to local, social and geographical specificities.

The Foundation gives priority to schemes promoting apprenticeships for artisan trades and the creative industries. It partners organisations working to meet training needs specific to their geographical locations.

Our commitment to promote skills training has also shaped the Foundation’s environmental work.The Foundation focuses on the link between traditional, local knowledge and the preservation of biodiversity.

The Foundation also supports a range of specific projects providing training in artisan or artistic skills, enabling children to achieve enhanced self-esteem and develop their social skills.

Promoting artisanship and training

The Foundation has concentrated support in this area on projects enabling teenagers to discover the world of work and explore new trades for a better future, through training schemes adapted to the needs of participants from often difficult, underprivileged backgrounds. The Supported projects promote access to training and information about artisan trades, helping individuals to make their own choices, both in Franceand around the world.

In this context, the Foundation extends the Hermès group’s existing commitment to professional training through apprenticeships and information, to areas beyond the scope of the house’s commercial activity: training in the performing and visual arts, making musical instruments, loom-setting for the textile industry and joinery are just some of the schemes supported.

At the wider level, the Foundation supports projects promoting rare, often very localised heritage skills threatened with disappearance. Passing these skills on to younger generations is essential for the preservation of traditional communities around the world.

The Foundation has concentrated support in this area on projects enabling teenagers to discover the world of work and explore new trades for a better future, through training schemes adapted to the needs of participants from often difficult, underprivileged backgrounds. The Supported projects promote access to training and information about artisan trades, helping individuals to make their own choices, both in Franceand around the world.

In this context, the Foundation extends the Hermès group’s existing commitment to professional training through apprenticeships and information, to areas beyond the scope of the house’s commercial activity: training in the performing and visual arts, making musical instruments, loom-setting for the textile industry and joinery are just some of the schemes supported.

At the wider level, the Foundation supports projects promoting rare, often very localised heritage skills threatened with disappearance. Passing these skills on to younger generations is essential for the preservation of traditional communities around the world.

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L’Outil en main

Introducing children to artisan skills

How best to foster respect for artisan trades in the next generation? Across France, the not-for-profit federation L’Outil en main introduces young people to manual skills, working with a volunteer network of retired artisans.

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H³ / Heart - Head - Hand

24 projects are supported

In June 2013, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès launched an internal call for projects reflecting the core values of the house of Hermès, and its long tradition of social solidarity. In 2015, the resulting programme H³ (Heart - Head - Hand)  supports 19 international not-for-profit associations steered by 24 volunteer Ambassadors.

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Skills Academy #3

Metal

After wood and clay, metal is the focus of the third Skills Academy from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, under guest programme directors Normal Studio. Artisans, designers and engineers take part in a shared exploration of this core material, its specific spheres of expertise and its role in tomorrow’s world.

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Jeunesse Tizgui (H³ #2)

Yeast for tomorrow’s world

In southern Morocco, a group of women is working to establish a community bakery, with the support of the not-for-profit association Jeunesse Tizgui. Steered by the women themselves, the scheme enables them to establish a business of vital importance for everyday life in their village, while acquiring new skills and autonomy.

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Ibaba Développement (H³ #2)

An artisan embroidery workshop in Rwanda

Ibaba Développement is all about new beginnings. In a country in the throes of reconstruction, a group of women are promoting their fine embroidery expertise worldwide under the Ibaba Rwanda label, acquiring professional autonomy and kickstarting the local economy in Rutongo, north of Kigali.  

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Les Amis du château de Lavauguyon (H³ #2)

A medieval castle finds new life as a focus for education and professional training

In the heart of the French region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the slumbering, overgrown ruins of the château de Lavauguyon are being restored and enhanced by the not-for-profit association Les Amis du château de Lavauguyon, while encouraging young volunteers to learn skilled artisan trades.   

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H³ / Heart – Head – Hand #2

24 solidarity projects supported by house of Hermès staff

Following the success of the first edition of H³ / Heart – Head – Hand, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès invited Hermès staff to take part in a second call for solidarity and public-interest projects, in 2015. Twenty-four projects have been selected for support over a two-year period. 

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Entrepreneurs du Monde in Kolkata (H³ #2)

Professionalising the embroidery skills of women in the slums of Kolkata

In India, a group of women artisans are reviving ancestral embroidery skills, to promote their work more effectively. Entrepreneurs du Monde has launched a specific project with seven women, formed into a collective to develop their business further. 

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Fondation Foujita (H³ #2)

Access to art: a new perspective for professional training

Fondation Foujita accompanies young people who are in professional training but have little or no access to cultural activities. Individual art projects develop participants’ intellectual curiosity, aesthetic sensitivity, respect for fine materials and sense of pride in their finished work, as they prepare to enter working life.   

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Lower Eastside Girls Club (H³ #2)

Crafts and Design Experiences

In downtown Manhattan, the Lower Eastside Girls Club gives underserved girls from low-income families the opportunity to discover a range of artistic practices and artisan trades. The project gives participants the tools and techniques to learn crafts and meet artisans who practise the craft as their business. 

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Goldfinger Factory (H³ #2)

Apprentice Programme

Empowering communities to turn waste into gold: the Goldfinger Factory performs a special kind of alchemy, training young people from underprivileged backgrounds in the art of upcycling. The social enterprise helps young participants acquire multiple artisan skills as a springboard into work. 

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Arca do Saber (H³ #2)

Arca do Crescer

In Brazil, a new professional training centre enables teenagers and young adults from the country’s favelas to take charge of their own futures. Arca do Crescer offers short-term training schemes leading to acknowledged diplomas aimed at young people from difficult backgrounds, helping them to find sustainable employment.  

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Mini Racing Chambérien (H³ #2)

Learning the skills and discipline of Formula 1 racing

Building or restoring replica racing cars is an activity for all ages! In the Savoie region of south-eastern France, 15 young people work with established experts to learn new skills in mechanics and bodywork. The teenage participants make and service racing cars, before learning to drive them. 

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Cerebral Palsy Greece (H³ #2)

Open Door Centre for Education and Rehabilitation

In Athens, Cerebral Palsy Greece offers professional immersion courses for its members, all of whom have cerebral palsy. A range of workshops allow participants to acquire new social and work skills, developing their confidence and autonomy through daily group activities.

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French Chamber Foundation (H³ #2)

The Lunch Clubs

Hong-Kong’s Lunch Clubs are drop-in centres for the city’s lowest-paid workers, serving affordable, balanced meals and offering professional support from social workers, together with access to training as a pathway to more fulfilling and better-paid work.

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Manufacto

The Skills Factory

Manufacto is a new programme from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: a skills factory aimed at raising young people’s awareness of opportunities in artisan trades. Beginning in late 2016, pilot classes will introduce participants to the world of artisanship, its raw materials, expertise, and the culture of the fine, hand-crafted object.

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Sokoage (H³ #2)

Supporting youth initiatives for community renewal in post-tsunami Japan

In Japan, Sokoage is a not-for profit association established by four community leaders in the wake of the 2011 tsunami, to support local youth projects bringing renewal and fresh hope to the devastated city of Kesennuma.  

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New facilities at MFR Le Village (H³ #2)

Building a new showcase for artisan trades

In Saint-André-le-Gaz, in the French department of Isère, MFR Le Village is extending its activities with a new space dedicated to discovering artisan trades. Young people disengaged from mainstream education can work with a range of tools, to find new skills as pathways to alternative careers. 

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Skills Academy #3: Morning Session 2

Metal: a creative material

Saturday 25 February 2017, 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
37bis, boulevard de la Chapelle, Paris 10e 
Open to the public (prior bookings only): academie@hermes.com

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Biodiversity and local knowledge

Reflecting its core commitment to the transmission of traditional skills, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès provides focused support for projects highlighting local skills and knowledge in agriculture, and their impact on the preservation of biodiversity. Much more work is needed to raise public awareness of the importance of local skills for the preservation of fragile ecosystems.

With this in mind, the Foundation believes that the traditional skills and knowledge underpinning agriculture around the world are central to our efforts to preserve the environment and local ecosystems alike.
The Foundation offers committed support to traditional communities worldwide, through local programmes at the grassroots level.

At the research and policy level, the Foundation is an active partner of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Iddri), financing the Institute’s work in specific areas, and drawing on its expertise to organize academic conferences and identify new targets for support, including the launch and follow-up of an international call for projects.

Reflecting its core commitment to the transmission of traditional skills, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès provides focused support for projects highlighting local skills and knowledge in agriculture, and their impact on the preservation of biodiversity. Much more work is needed to raise public awareness of the importance of local skills for the preservation of fragile ecosystems.

With this in mind, the Foundation believes that the traditional skills and knowledge underpinning agriculture around the world are central to our efforts to preserve the environment and local ecosystems alike.
The Foundation offers committed support to traditional communities worldwide, through local programmes at the grassroots level.

At the research and policy level, the Foundation is an active partner of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Iddri), financing the Institute’s work in specific areas, and drawing on its expertise to organize academic conferences and identify new targets for support, including the launch and follow-up of an international call for projects.

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H³ / Heart - Head - Hand

24 projects are supported

In June 2013, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès launched an internal call for projects reflecting the core values of the house of Hermès, and its long tradition of social solidarity. In 2015, the resulting programme H³ (Heart - Head - Hand)  supports 19 international not-for-profit associations steered by 24 volunteer Ambassadors.

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Chaînes de valeurs et biodiversité

New research project in partnership with IDDRI

As part of our commitment to preserve biodiversity, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is supporting a new research project steered by IDDRI, focusing on the role of value chains. A dedicated conference series will present the project and its progress to the public at large. 

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SEL (H³ #2)

Creating wooded boundaries in Konkoos-Raogo

In the heart of Burkina Faso, families are taking action to halt the deterioration of the rural Sahel. Wooded boundary areas help reconfigure the poorly-managed landscape, challenging extensive farming techniques and reinstating more efficient methods in harmony with the local environment.

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H³/ Heart – Head – Hand #2

24 solidarity projects supported by house of Hermès staff

Following the success of the first edition of H³ / Heart – Head – Hand, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès invited Hermès staff to take part in a second call for solidarity and public-interest projects, in 2015. Twenty-four projects have been selected for support over a two-year period. 

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Lycée international de Londres Winston Churchill (H3 #2)

Memory Garden

The Memory Garden at the new Lycée international de Londres Winston Churchill promotes biodiversity in one of Europe’s great capital cities. The garden is an educational, ecological project encouraging pupils to take ownership of their campus. 

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Coral Okinawa (H³ #2)

Save the coral !

Global warming is contributing to the destruction of corals in the remarkable ecosystem surrounding the Japanese island of Okinawa. Coral Okinawa is a not-for-profit organisation working to preserve this natural site, through coral-planting initiatives.

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Association Partage (H³ #2)

Active environmental education in south Madagascar

In a natural site of exceptional biodiversity, underprivileged school children learn about issues central to the preservation of fragile ecosystems. The not-for-profit association Partage supports this educational project and its concomitant role in the campaign to lower school drop-out rates.

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Association « J’art d’ain partagé » (H³ #2)

Living gardens for young and old

In Belley, in the French department of Ain, a carefully-planned community garden combines leafy open spaces, a composting corner, square plots and a wild zone. Managed by the not-for-profit association J’art d’ain partagé, the park is open to all, with a mission to promote the importance of eco-citizenship.

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Cashmere goat breeders (H³ #2)

Purchase and use of a pulling machine

In the Rhône valley, cashmere goat breeders are coming together to purchase a pulling machine. The acquisition is part of a scheme to mutualise the breeders’ tools and skills, in order to preserve the region’s luxury textile expertise and develop their agricultural businesses. 

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Mercy Relief (H³ #2)

A Resilient Baseco

In Manila, Mercy Relief supports the city’s most vulnerable population – the urban poor – with a project to restore a mangrove and develop eco-friendly artisan skills. The scheme shows how environmental action can also protect human populations from natural disasters and develop the local economy.

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Association arcenciel (H³ #2)

Training young people to save the forests of Lebanon

The Shouf Biosphere Reserve is the largest in Lebanon, covering some five per cent of the country. This precious ecological heritage is the focus of a new initiative from the not-for-profit association arcenciel (‘rainbow’), training young people in forestry conservation and providing the teaching skills they need to pass on their expertise. 

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Inclusion through access to culture

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports training and personal development, encouraging children to flourish and acquire valuable skills in preparation for adult life. Art has a vital role to play in this process, sharpening children’s natural curiosity and creativity.

The Foundation’s partner organisations steer a wide range of programmes for young people affected by economic, social and often cultural exclusion, enabling them to acquire new skills, join or return to mainstream education, and enjoy access to culture. All of our projects encourage young people to develop their interpersonal skills, or discover new channels of self-expression: art, design, sport, and more. Specific projects help the most vulnerable children to develop their se lf-confidence, attain new goals, and rise to new challenges.

The Foundation’s commitment to promote access to culture enables children to grow, thrive, and learn about themselves and the world around them, through the acquisition and practice of artistic skills.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports training and personal development, encouraging children to flourish and acquire valuable skills in preparation for adult life. Art has a vital role to play in this process, sharpening children’s natural curiosity and creativity.

The Foundation’s partner organisations steer a wide range of programmes for young people affected by economic, social and often cultural exclusion, enabling them to acquire new skills, join or return to mainstream education, and enjoy access to culture. All of our projects encourage young people to develop their interpersonal skills, or discover new channels of self-expression: art, design, sport, and more. Specific projects help the most vulnerable children to develop their se lf-confidence, attain new goals, and rise to new challenges.

The Foundation’s commitment to promote access to culture enables children to grow, thrive, and learn about themselves and the world around them, through the acquisition and practice of artistic skills.

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Munich Kammerspiele (H³ #2)

Kammerklicke

Over two seasons, the Munich Kammerspiele become a platform for experiencing theatre and art ‘without frontiers’, addressing a group of young people from difficult backgrounds, including refugees. Participants discover new skills and opportunities in the performing arts through this constructive, cultural programme devised by theatre professionals in response to the current refugee crisis.  

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Sydney Dance Company (H³ #2)

Sydney Dance Company Education Ensemble

Sydney Dance Company inspires young people with limited access to the city’s cultural life to discover contemporary dance through practice and theatre visits. By taking dance to the classroom, the Company encourages pupils to discover a new world of artistic expression and individual creativity. 

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MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bobigny)

Delivering access to theatre in the city

Currently undergoing extensive refurbishment, the MC93 (in Bobigny, north of Paris) is committed to making culture accessible to the greatest possible number. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports the centre’s foundation course for applicants to France’s national theatre schools, and the refurbishment of its main hall as a forum for lively exchange.

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