Transmission is the very essence of what we believe in.
Crafting unparalleled cognacs is what we do. Who we are is altogether more detailed and diverse. Our commitments – to the land, to the people who make Hennessy exceptional, to you – are deep-rooted and engrained in our mission as a company. We craft the future.
Maison Hennessy’s first Sustainability Report
The first Sustainability Report presents Maison Hennessy’s ambition to foster sustainable growth stemming from its commitment to the environment and society.
For more than 20 years, Hennessy has pioneered on-the-ground initiatives with the help of its employees and other stakeholders.
Today it is stepping up its efforts relating to living soils and biodiversity and to combating global warming throughout its products’ lifecycle.
In 2020-21, Hennessy undertook several major new initiatives. These included introducing agroforestry in its vineyards and the regeneration of forests to promote biodiversity (it is aiming to regenerate 50,000 hectares of forests over 10 years). The company successfully switched to biogas in its distilleries, and chose a sailing cargo ship to transport its spirits between France and the United States. As part of its program to support neighboring communities, Hennessy is fostering social integration among vulnerable groups in Charente, France and in African-American, Hispanic and Asian communities in the United States.
We are our people
At Hennessy, people are the heart and soul of the Maison.
No achievement would be possible without the more than 1,000 people who contribute their talent at every level of Hennessy.
Longstanding relationships attest to our sense of social responsibility, and a culture of openness and exchange that is nurtured constantly. We support and honor gender equality and diversity in the workplace, and we make every effort to encourage growth and advancement. As everyone at Hennessy knows, we are the guardians of a savoir-faire without which the Maison could not achieve excellence year after year for more than two and a half centuries.
A pioneering commitment to sustainable viticulture
Leading every step of the way.
The exceptional character of our heritage gives us an important responsibility. The land has given us much. Giving back is vital. We practice and preach sustainable viticulture at every step of our product lifecycle. A pioneer in environmental management and protection, we are proud to uphold our official certification.
Blending of techniques
Our terroir is precious and on our 180 hectares of vines, we cultivate and trial practices to protect and transmit a wine-growing heritage rooted in “living” soils.
Our research takes us onto paths that combine technological innovation – confined-spray tractors, an experimental robot for mechanical weeding in the rows – and a return to traditional practices: pruning, floral fallow plants and eco-grazing using sheep.
Biodiversity through agroforestry
Today, Hennessy is going further and accelerating its practices to promote biodiversity in vineyards through an agroforestry program. On 40 hectares of our vineyards, we are planting shrub hedges and trees to create ecological corridors between biodiversity reserves. With over 5,000 trees representing 30 different species and more than 4 km of hedges, we are restoring a more sustainable ecosystem that benefits our planet.
It's bigger than we are
What goes around comes around.
We have intentionally created a ‘virtuous circle’ around Charentais know-how. We proudly lead a sector that benefits more than 50,000 people in the region and makes this area so dynamic. We are the direct employers of nearly 1,000 people, and we maintain exclusive collaborations with 1,600 winegrowers and 20 distillers in the region.
KEEPING OUR FOOTPRINT LOCAL AND LIGHT
Consciously staying within the community.
In terms of purchasing, we source close to half of our needs from local suppliers. 85% is made in France. This is by design. We make use of local talent in industries like cooperage, glass works, packaging and logistics. The value of French excellence secures these jobs over the long term, another aspect of our commitment to sustainability.
WHY CIRCULARITY IS MORE SUSTAINABLE
The big (simple) idea: recycle resources.
Putting circular sustainability at the heart of Hennessy has led to initiatives on all production sites. These initiatives, like transforming our distilleries’ cooling system into a closed circuit, have allowed us to reduce water consumption by 90%. Recovery tanks collect and store rainwater to meet the vineyard’s needs. New packaging projects are subject to an environmental assessment. We recover byproducts and repurpose or recycle wherever possible.
ANOTHER WAY TO RECYCLE: TRANSFORM
We give byproducts a new purpose.
Hennessy waste is recycled on average at more than 96% * by material or energy recovery. We don’t just talk about limiting our environmental impact. For instance, distillation residues have been treated in Cognac since the 1970s, producing biogas. The green energy generated heats greenhouses in the region, and produces green electricity through cogeneration.
We wholeheartedly support moderation
Hennessy is accutely aware of the individual and societal consequences of alcohol abuse. To that end, we have drawn up and signed a responsible consumption charter that all employees must be familiar with and follow scrupulously. We consider the consumption of our products responsible when intended for pleasure and in moderation, with constant care neither to lose self-control nor endanger the health or safety of oneself or others. In addition, we always promote moderate enjoyment of our cognacs, knowing it enables all to better appreciate their rarity and the know-how behind them.
Every employee is an ambassador
As employees of the Maison, we are all ambassadors of the brand and of the responsible consumption we encourage Hennessy connoisseurs to adopt. This is a cornerstone of all our communications. We have established clear guidelines for all messaging so that we always promote our philosophy that fine cognac is to be savored and sipped. We want all who enjoy Hennessy to learn more about what they are drinking. To experience the story, not just the spirit and, ultimately, to fill conversations and moments, not just glasses.
We take part
Contributing time, expertise and unwavering support.
The Maison supports various causes and organizations through social inclusion, training, sponsoring and partnership programs. Regular contributions to local communities include, for example, mentoring and outreach programs for disadvantaged situation (100 opportunities, 100 jobs); contracts for partnerships and special needs sponsorships (L'Arche en Charente), as well as a cultural program that is open to the general public. Free programming at Les Quais Ici ou Ailleurs in Cognac, for example, offers access to exhibitions and other cultural events.
We are committed to excellence without compromise
Leading the way in product safety.
Hennessy adheres to strict French food safety regulations. However, we choose to go further with certification, extending our rigor to the 130 countries in which we are present. There are many provisions to this exacting protocol, including an exhaustive analysis of every one of our 147 steps of production. We have made a solemn commitment to product traceability and excellence, and we take it seriously.
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