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Jaeger-LeCoultre - Responsible watchmaker

Jaeger-LeCoultre Responsible watchmaker

As a symbol of excellence, the luxury watch segment must set an example. Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, talks about how the company is promoting inclusion

As well as taking steps to reduce their environmental impact, watchmakers are working to become more socially responsible. Mid-September, watch industry players and specialists gathered at the Watch Forum - organised by Watches and Culture, the cultural arm of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie - to address topics relating to environmental and social responsibility. Speaking at the event, Catherine Rénier explained how Jaeger-LeCoultre is fostering inclusion.

Why promote inclusion at Jaeger-LeCoultre?
We see inclusion as a company-wide opportunity. Watchmaking engages many communities and we have made commitments to this end.

How are you promoting gender equality?
An important means of advancing inclusion and diversity is through targeted programmes, such as our women leadership programme which, each year, mentors 25 young women and future leaders. It’s about creating opportunities, building confidence and bringing the issue to the attention of all managers.

We also support a programme that empowers young women, between the ages of 15 and 17, to achieve their goals through interactions with female professionals. 

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Catherine Rénier © Jaeger-LeCoultre

What else do you do that specifically targets young people?
Jaeger-LeCoultre has offered apprenticeships since the 1990s. We feel connected to young craftsmen and woman, and believe we have a part to play in passing on expertise. We wish to help young apprentices and artists find employment in a craft field. This is the thinking behind our partnership with the Michelangelo Foundation [an international non-profit dedicated to the preservation and development of craft skills]. Working with the foundation, we will finance creative and vocational training for young people so that they can make a career doing the thing they love. 

Are employees involved with the company’s CSR projects?
At Jaeger-LeCoultre, we believe action speaks louder than words. The scheme we set up in 2020 gives every member of staff an annual day off to volunteer for the charity of their choice. They can sign up for a volunteer activity via the Alaya platform and choose how they want to give their time. To date, staff have taken part in more than 1,200 hours of volunteer work. The programme launched in Switzerland and from next year we’ll be extending it internationally. 

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© Jaeger-LeCoultre

You’ve also joined the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030.
A lot of initiatives are in progress. In September 2022 we joined the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 so that we can move forward on all these issues with our peers. [Founded by Kering and Cartier, the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030 is guided by the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals]. 

 

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