Corporate Social Responsibility
For Montblanc, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) encompasses all aspects of a sustainable business with regard to social, economic and environmental responsibility and contribution.
For more than 100 years, Montblanc has stood for excellent artisanal craftsmanship.
The commitment to highest quality and traditional values manifests itself in the Maison’s timeless creations, which become fine lifetime companions for their owners. In equal measure, this philosophy implies the continuation of the CSR tradition of employee development and community investment – a commitment to its employees and civil society as a whole.
Given its origins in the culture of writing, Montblanc has set an international standard of cultural commitment, with wide-ranging international initiatives to promote arts and culture in many forms, from contemporary arts and young theater to classical music. Projects initiated by the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, founded in 1992, include the Montblanc Cutting-Edge Art Collection, a private collection of over 200 works exhibited at Montblanc’s head office in Hamburg, and the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Project, the only international award recognizing the work and commitment of modern-day patrons of the arts.
For more than ten years, Montblanc has been working with UNICEF. In 2004, a first joint project involved the launch of the "Sign Up for the Right to Write" campaign to promote quality education for the world's children. Then, in 2009, Montblanc and UNICEF unveiled the Meisterstück "Signature for Good" initiative, working together to fight illiteracy around the world. The project raised USD 4.3 million. Most recently, in 2013, Montblanc continued its support for UNICEF’s education programs, focusing on the most vulnerable children through the Schools for Africa and Schools for Asia initiatives and programs in Latin America. Montblanc built on the success of the first “Signature for Good” initiative and, with all projects taken together, raised more than USD 10 million.
The Power of Words project was launched by Montblanc, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute in April 2013. A partnership with the Times Square Alliance resulted in a short film featuring Mandela’s words and directed by Nabil Elderkin being projected in New York’s iconic Times Square every night, shortly before midnight. In 2014, Montblanc extended the Power of Words project, a collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, bringing together a new generation of filmmakers to use the legendary and most powerful words of Nelson Mandela to create short films that interpreted his legacy and vision and gave them new meaning.
As a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), Montblanc embraces the principles of the RJC Code of Practices regulating responsible business practices when trading in diamonds, gold and platinum-group metals.
The Maison is engaged in a transparent and responsible sourcing system, as well as long-term supplier relationships.
The Montblanc CSR Policy is derived from the principles adopted by the Responsible Jewellery Council. For more information, please see www.responsiblejewellery.com .
In order to consolidate current CSR activity, a group-wide CSR Strategy has been defined by the Richemont Group, providing structure and setting goals for all Maisons, as well as facilitating communications and sharing best practices.
For further information, please refer to www.richemont.com/corporate-social-responsibility/csr-report.html.