Sustainability – at the heart of what we do
Kering empowers an ensemble of brands to reach their full growth potential in the most imaginative and sustainable manner. The same vision that drives the Group’s business strategy drives our commitment to environmental and social sustainability. We are propelling our brands to lead with new business models that contribute to a better world economically, socially and environmentally.
"Kering sustainability department is supporting the brands to achieve the highest standards of sustainable business practices. While we focus on attaining our 2016 Group targets, we are leveraging the inherent creativity that is synonymous with our Group."
Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of international institutional affairs
For us at Kering, sustainabiltiy equates quality. It creates value and represents:
- Long-term differentiation
- New business development
- A spur for innovation
- Efficiency opportunities
- A factor in attracting and retaining the best employees
Sustainable business is everyone's business
Our sustainability engagement is intrinsic to our organisation and has clear goals. We encourage every employee to play a part in making sustainability a reality, from the sustainable development committee of the Kering board of directors, to the CEOs of each brand and their teams around the world.
The Kering team
The Kering sustainability department acts as a platform of resources to complement the brands’ own activities:
- over 15 in-house experts who provide knowledge and guidance, operational synergies and economies of scale that help the brands develop more sustainable practices.
- A network of Sustainability Leads at each brand.
Freedom within a Framework
We give our brands a common base of targets and guidelines for their actions in sustainability to ensure the highest level of best practice is reached across the Group, while letting each brand create the specific solutions most relevant to its business.
In terms of sustainability, this means spurring the brands to innovate with processes and products that have more positive social and environmental impact, while ensuring they stay true to their own identity and values.
Beyond social compliance
Social sustainability encompasses attention to working conditions and the need to preserve artisanal businesses. We audit our suppliers and support them so that they meet the standards laid out in our code of conduct. In parallel, our Group is engaged in combatting violence against women, empowering them to support their families and communities. To do so, the brands are engaged in their own social programmes alongside Group-level engagements run by the Kering Foundation.