“Sustainability”, according to Dr. Michael Otto, chairman of the board of the Otto Group, to which Hermes belongs, “holds great relevance for the economic viability and future competitiveness of a company”.
That is why, since Hermes was founded, sustainability has been a permanent, indelible corporate principle for it. Economic growth must conserve natural resources and further social progress. That applies today, as well as for future generations – and for the entire Hermes group.
Since then, Hermes has had professional environmental management. The subsequent projects and their results demostrate that projects than benefit mankind and the environment can also save costs, increase productivity and strengthen the company’s profile.Since 1999, Hermes has had this systematic environmental management approch independently tested according to ISO norm 14001.
In addition, the main Hermes companies, which are active in 22 countries, have also appointed sustainability coordinators. Together, they make up the Corporate Reponsibility Network (CR Network). These coordinators help ensure the internal exchange of ideas and information and, in quarterly meetings, bundle the individual companies’ various activities.
Furthermore,leading managers from Hermes are members of an environmental board, established in 2008, that meets every two months. This body makes common decisions about important environmental and social measures.
Hermes’ environmental management has given rise to three core goals:
So as to continually work towards these goals, to reach them, and to develop them further, mandatory guidelines were established for company’s everyday operations. They read as follows:
In regard to data managment is concerned, all three sustainibility areas are concentrated in the sustainibility coordination unit of Hermes, which in turn is the interface to the corporate responsibility management of the Otto Group.
Hermes also employs nine internal safety inspectors whose job is to check and ensure that quality, security, safety and enviromental protection standards are observed at each facility and worksite. Every year, different Hermes branches and one HUB are selected to have their environmental criteria extensively tested as part of an audit.
Corporate Communications, which is part of Hermes Europe, is responsible for sustainability-related communications for the entire Hermes group.