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Behind LVMH’s Future Life, Environmental Goals — Sylvie Bénard



NEW YORK — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton continued its momentum surrounding its Future Life series, with executives from Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Benefit Cosmetics, Fresh, Marc Jacobs and Colgin Cellars, speaking on how each Maison is putting sustainability into action.
While the recent Future Life event in Paris counted Stella McCartney as its “sustainability sherpa” and special guest, the New York event enjoyed sustainability “role model,” Gabriela Hearst, who offered remarks after the introduction.
The Future Life series serves as an educational moment for LVMH’s broader environmental policies including its Life 2020 objectives which focus on four objectives: product, sector, climate change and sites.
Sylvie Bénard, group environment director for LVMH; and Anish Melwani, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH North America; served as masters of ceremony. Julie Gilhart, president, Tomorrow Consulting, LTD.; and Cara Smyth, Glasgow Caledonian University New York vice president and founder, The Fair Fashion Center; also shared their perspectives.
In advance of the event, WWD interviewed Bénard to examine how the Group is measuring and tracking its environmental performance. “Today, we really want to work on CO2 [emissions] and biodiversity, and all these issues to reduce the footprint,” said Bénard. LVMH is anchored in a 27-year-old program to which

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