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Women in the supply chain

Women not only form an important part of our customer base and teams, but they also play a decisive role along the entire value chain. At Kering, one of our top priorities is to build a supportive and inclusive working environment for our women employees the world over.
Promoting parity, inclusion and diversity

Through its longstanding commitment to gender equality, Kering places diversity, parity and supporting women’s talent at the heart of its corporate culture and its initiatives.

Our Human resources philosophy embraces all aspects of diversity and places particular emphasis on equal opportunity. In 2010, the Group launched an internal program to advance this priority, becoming one of the first signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles charter drawn up by UN Women and the UN Global Compact. These principles offer guidance on how to promote the presence and progression of women in business and, more generally, in society.

With 55% of Top Management, 58% of the Board of Directors and 33% of the Executive Committee being women, the Group is proud to be one of the most feminized companies in the CAC 40. 

Being an employer of choice

As part of its Collaborate sustainability strategy pillar, Kering’s ambition is to become an exemplary Luxury industry employer. In particular, the Group strives for excellence as regards parity, diversity and inclusion. As such, Kering has rolled out an ambitious Parental Policy that provides 14 weeks of paid baby leave to all Group employees with a new child.

Women in our supply chain

In many countries, women face obstacles that are unacceptable from a social and economic standpoint. Against this background and in a drive to promote gender equality, Kering and its Italian Houses conducted a wide-ranging study in 2019 into the role of women in the supply chains of the Italian luxury industry in collaboration with the Camera Nazionale della Moda and three specialist associations (BSR, Wise Growth and Valore D). The study identified four priority focuses: working conditions and economic opportunities, leadership and career advancement, motherhood, and workplace conduct and harassment. The project was continued in 2020 through training sessions carried out with some of the Group’s suppliers.

In 2018, Gucci announced a multi-year partnership with I Was A Sari, a social enterprise focused on helping underprivileged Indian women become world-class artisans and gain financial independence through embroidery training and sari upcycling. 

As a further step to their partnership, in March 2021, Gucci and I Was a Sari unveiled Now I Can, a new professional embroidery training program available for free on Udemy, a digital platform for online courses.