sustainability Social sustainability

The future of fashion relies on people. The people who make clothes, the farmers who grow the crops for our materials, our employees, and our customers. We want to have a positive impact for everyone that we depend on and for those who depend on us in return.

We believe everybody in our supply chain should be treated with respect and dignity. We believe everybody should earn a fair wage. We believe in building modern and resilient supply chains that provide desirable jobs, foster people’s skills, strengthen worker’s voices and advocate for vulnerable groups.

While it is the primary duty of governments to protect, respect, fulfil and progressively realise human rights, we know and believe that advocating human rights also starts with us. We can, and should, improve the lives of the people we touch.

“Social sustainability is about identifying and managing business impacts, both positive and negative, on people. The quality of a company’s relationships and engagement with its stakeholders is critical. Directly or indirectly, companies affect what happens to employees, workers in the value chain, customers and local communities, and it is important to manage impacts proactively.“ – UN Global Compact1

Our supply chains

Our materials are sourced and our products manufactured through a carefully selected network of suppliers located around the world, many of which have worked with us since the brand was founded in 2001.

Italy is by far our biggest sourcing country with 76% of all our manufacturing and material suppliers. Although significantly smaller, other key sourcing countries include Hungary, Spain, Portugal, China and India.

In 2016, we worked with 92 manufacturing suppliers and 300 Tier 2 Product Suppliers globally. Many of these are small manufacturers and artisans who specialise in particular techniques and processes. For instance, our bag manufacturers are experts at working with our non-leather bag materials.

Supplier audits, training & improvement projects

While we do not rely on ethical audits alone, we find them to be a useful tool in gaining insight and understanding the first layer of information about our manufacturing suppliers. We use different types of audits (including unannounced audits) depending on the circumstances, which help us to understand how our manufacturing suppliers work and identify potential risk areas. Our audits are conducted either by the Kering audit team or carefully selected specialist third-party auditors.

We provide training to our suppliers on our requirements as well as common social sustainability challenges. In cases where our suppliers find it difficult to complete the remediation work identified through audits, we invite them to participate in supplier improvement projects. These types of projects help suppliers to understand and address the root causes of particular issues and to develop systems that prevent such issues from occurring again. Whenever possible, we collaborate with other brands and local stakeholders to maximise our impact and sustainability of improvements.



¹ Social Sustainability, United Nations Global Compact