Hermès // 2021 Universal Registration Document




In this delicate year, 42 scholarships were awarded to students in dance, theatre and, for the first time, circus. The other supports of this program were maintained, supplemented by a new partnership with the National Centre for Dance (CND) for the Elan programme, a school for equal opportunities in dance. As in the previous year, the Fondation was committed to working alongside artists who have had to adapt to the consequences of the pandemic. As part of the “Create” pillar, the New Settings programme dedicated to the production and distribution of new stage works enabled the support of 16 new shows presented to the public on several occasions between autumn and spring, in the Paris region, as well as in Lyon. In the field of visual arts, the Foundation has scheduled 11 exhibitions in 2021 in its dedicated spaces in Brussels, Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, Tokyo and Seoul, allowing a wide audience to discover high quality exhibitions of contemporary works. The Artists Residencies celebrated a decade of activities through a triptych of exhibitions entitled “Formes du transfert” simultaneously held in Tokyo, Seoul and Pantin, in parallel with the launch of a new two-year cycle. Finally, the Immersion program, a Franco-American photographic commission, announced the name of its sixth laureate, the American photographer Raymond Meeks, who will undertake his residency in France in 2022. This programme is supported by a new partner alongside the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris: the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, which will present the winners’ exhibitions on American soil. The H 3 – Heart, Head, Hand programme, which structures the “Encourage” pillar saw the continuation and expansion of general interest projects led by employees, while numerous solidarity actions were carried out by the Fondation to address needs identified during this particular year. In 2021, the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès remained active, assuming its responsibilities in its areas of intervention to provide appropriate support to those whose projects were shaken by the health crisis. Acting together, therefore, again and again since 2008, with fairness and pragmatism to help bring about a better world. The full report on the activities of the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès is available at: www.fondationdentreprisehermes.org, in the section entitled “The Fondation”.

In 2021, the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès wanted to make its mission in favour of the general interest part of a collective drive. A desire to act together, therefore, whether it involves creating works, passing on savoir-faire , protecting the environment or encouraging solidarity, the four pillars that structure the Fondation’s action. Throughout a new year marked by the pandemic, the Fondation continued its commitments through its programs while remaining mobilized alongside its beneficiaries and project leaders faced with the uncertainties of the context. The need to act together to combat climate change with its ever-increasing consequences is obvious. This is why the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès launched Manuterra, an environmental education program for primary to high school students. Since the start of the school year in 2021, students have been invited to create, develop and transmit an edible garden over 12 two-hour sessions during school hours. Under the guidance of a professional gardener, they cultivate a plot using the permaculture technique while addressing multiple environmental themes. Six classes, i.e. 150 students, are involved in this pilot year set up in partnership with the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the Academy of Besançon and the Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France. In addition to Manuterra, the “Protect” pillar of the Fondation also added new support for the Massane nature reserve (Pyrénées-Orientales), a beech forest that has been growing unfettered for more than 150 years and has been classified as a Unesco World Heritage site since last summer. This choice reinforces the Fondation’s action in favour of the preservation of our ecosystems. The “Transmit” pillar was a second major focus of commitments. The Manufacto programme, for the creation of savoir-faire , continued to be rolled out in two new academies: since the start of the school year in 2021, 61 establishments, spread across 11 academies, have participated in this programme. Around 1,600 students from primary to high school are introduced to craftsmanship savoir-faire by making a beautiful contemporary object under the guidance of leatherworkers, carpenters, upholsterers or plasterers. Dedicated this year to “Glass”, the Skills Academy was able to take place despite health constraints. Increasingly popular, the seven mornings, initially broadcast by video, finally gave way to public conferences to the satisfaction of all, speakers, academics and growing numbers of listeners. Lastly, the Artists in the City programme continued its actions to support the training of young artists.


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