Kering is a luxury group based in France and specializes in clothing and accessories. Its main brands are Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Boucheron, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen.

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Measuring and understanding Kering's ecological footprint (greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, water pollution, waste, air pollution and land use), throughout the supply chain to raw materials, play a fundamental role in the Group's overall strategy. In order to meet these challenges, Kering has developed the Environmental Profit & Loss Account (E P&L), a pioneering tool, the first results were published in 2015.

Climate actions plan

Carbon Footprint
carbon footprint
Carbon footprint reduction
- 50 %
between 2015 and 2030

Sustainable Strategy 2030

3 Good health and well-being
  • Kering's commitments in terms of well-being at work have been included in the charter "Framework of commitments on the quality of professional life and the prevention of work stress for employees within the Group in Europe" since 2010
  • Prevention of psychosocial risks and stress: intervention of health professionals 2 days a month at the Paris headquarters
  • Identification of psychosocial risk factors at work by the Kering head office supported by the IAPR
  • Organization of the balance between professional time and private life time ("smart working", extension of home office, flexible working hours) and implementation of the right to disconnect in France
4 Quality education
  • International partnerships with business and design schools around the world to raise awareness and train designers and fashion industry futures on major social and environmental challenges
  • Kering has a strategic partnership since 2014, with the Center for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) of the London College of Fashion (LCF)
  • This partnership with LCF has enabled the creation of the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the theme of sustainable development and Luxury
  • The first two MOOC sessions brought together over 17,500 students from 144 countries
  • Saint Laurent launched the Institut de Couture Saint Laurent in partnership with two prestigious schools: the French Fashion Institute (IFM) and the School of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (ECSCP) which trained Yves Saint Laurent in 1955
  • In 2019 Kering launched an E-learning platform on Responsible Luxury Standards developed for all its employees worldwide. More than 3,300 group employees were already trained in mid-2019
  • The Group organizes an annual awareness day on the challenges of sustainable development during the World Environment Day. It has already been held in the USA, China, Italy and Paris
5 Gender equality
  • Kering is part of the Business Action for Women initiative, which brings together companies committed to improve gender equality around the world. One of the axes of progress is the positive action of women for climate
  • Several programs in Kering's supply chains give women the means to become independent and to develop more climate-friendly models: organic cotton in India and China, gold mines in Africa
  • Kering offsets all of its direct emissions with credits from REDD + projects, which take particular care to develop and empower women in local communities, and finance their projects
  • Kering leads an innovative reflection on water management throughout its entire production chain allowing to monetize water consumption and pollution, while taking into account local levels of water stress
  • Kering has set a target for 2020 of completely eliminating hazardous chemicals from production, both for production processes and for the products themselves
  • In 2016, Kering officially joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Program (ZDHC) as a signatory member. The Group actively participates in its work and pilot projects
  • The Group promotes the use of tanning methods without chromium and heavy metals. Kering pledges to ban heavy metals and chromium from leather tanning by 2025
  • In Laennec, the parisian headquarter, improving the site's performance in terms of water consumption requires regular monitoring of consumption via the BMS and the implementation of high-performance equipment, known as hydroeconomics
7 Affordable and clean energy
  • Objective to minimize energy consumption by implementing measures to improve energy efficiency for the Kering sites and transports
  • Energy efficiency: the Group is committed to systematically certify new sites that Kering is renovating with LEED, BREEAM or equivalent certification. In Paris, the Kering, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent offices are BREEAM and HQE certified
  • Establishment of a Common Standard for stores: the Kering Standard for Stores defines the expected performance levels on 11 priority themes including energy management, lighting, renewable energy, etc
  • Objective to favor renewable energy on the one hand with the production of renewable energy on its sites, and on the other hand with the purchase of electricity of renewable origin
  • The share of green electricity in the consumption of Parisian boutiques rose from 53% in 2015 to 89% in 2018. It’s set at 67% worldwide for all of the Group's sites
9 Industry, innovation ans infrastructure
  • The Create pillar of Kering's 2025 strategy makes innovation one of the levers of the Group's Sustainable Development strategy
  • Kering is a founding member of the Plug and Play - Fashion for Good accelerator: the Houses can maintain a constant dialogue with the world of start-ups in the context of developing innovative and responsible products
  • The Kering Materials Innovation Lab, launched in 2013, is an operational tool for integrating sustainable innovation for textiles and accessories and helping the Houses in their supply of responsible materials
  • Innovation pilots have been initiated through the Kering Materials Innovation Lab, for example a pilot launched in 2018 aimed to ensure the traceability of cotton from the farm to consumers
11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • Environmental criteria in the selection of company vehicles: in Paris, Kering Corporate updated in 2018 its catalog of company car fleets, removing diesel cars
  • Spaces for electric vehicles in the underground car park
  • The Group provides bicycle parking at the entrance of the Kering Corporate site, as well as changing rooms and showers
  • In Paris, daily shuttles between various stores are provided by electric vehicles
12 Responsable consumption and production
  • Kering made public in early 2018 its “Kering Standards”, a series of environmental and social requirements at the forefront of its sector, which cover key luxury raw materials (leather, cotton ...) and its manufacturing processes
  • These standards have since been taken up by many fashion players as a reference
  • Kering published its Animal Welfare Standards in 2019, with the aim of ensuring the best conditions for the treatment of animals throughout the Group's supply chain
  • Kering is committed to 100% alignment with these standards by 2025 and regularly publishes its progress
  • Kering is committed to key players in the circular economy such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or the Global Fashion Agenda
  • Kering and its Maisons are developing numerous circular economy initiatives, in particular in terms of recycling, up-cycling and reuse of materials, and through partnerships with various reintegration associations
  • Kering has established a partnership with the Réserve des Arts, a Parisian integration association that collects scrap materials from companies in the Paris region, recycles them and sells them to creative professionals
  • The Group has established a framework contract with Tissons la Solidarité, an association whose mission is to bring together all the economic players in favor of employment, in particular for womens, first victims of the crisis
  • In Paris, Kering operates waste separation of 14 types of waste, which are collected by service providers
13 Climate Action
  • Kering was the first French company and the first in the Luxury sector to receive a Science Based Target
  • Kering has a target to reduce by - 50% its emissions on scope 1, 2 and 3 (transport)
  • Kering has a target of reducing the Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) by 40% by 2025, which covers its entire supply chain
  • Integration of the Carbon Disclosure Project A-List for the second consecutive year
  • Emissions from stores in Paris decreased between 2015 and 2018, both in absolute terms (-46%) and in intensity (-48%), reflecting the significant efforts undertaken for the renovation and certification of new stores
15 Life on land
  • Thanks to its EP&L methodology, the Group is able to monitor and quantify its impact on natural capital annually, in particular on biodiversity and land use
  • Support for conservation initiatives: in 2018 Kering joined the Frontier Founder initiative of the Savory Institute in order to encourage regenerative pastoral practices worldwide
  • Kering continues to offset its residual greenhouse gas emissions from Scopes 1 and 2 through reduction projects labeled REDD +. In 2018, 132,957 tonnes of CO2 were thus compensated for 2017
  • Kering participates in numerous multi-sector working groups to promote the measurement and mitigation of the impacts of companies on biodiversity such as Business4Biodiversity, or One Planet Business for Biodiversity with the WBSCD
  • Kering joined the Act4Nature movement launched by Entreprises pour l'Environnement (EpE) since 2018
  • On its parisian headquarter, Kering monitors the Pépipiaf system and hives (installation of an urban apiary with 5 hives since 2017). Kering created an urban vegetable garden, and applies ecological management of green spaces
17 Partnerships for the goals
  • Partnership with UN Climate Change through the signing of the Fashion Industry Charter for climate action since 2018 which aims to reduce the sector's carbon footprint in alignment with the objectives of the Paris Agreement
  • Partnership with changeNOW Summit. In Paris, Kering has chosen to support the second edition of the changeNOW Summit, the global summit for positive innovation, which took place in September 2018 at Station F
  • Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Man: partnership since 2017 on responsible sourcing and animal welfare
  • Kering supports the Parisian festival We Love Green