Kering said it was dedicated to reducing its environmental impact and advocating social welfare across its supply chain ©IPA MilestoneMedia/PA Images
Kering said it was dedicated to reducing its environmental impact and advocating social welfare across its supply chain ©IPA MilestoneMedia/PA Images

Gucci and YSL group to halve supply chain CO2 emissions

26 January 2017

Luxury goods group Kering will focus on halving greenhouse gas emissions though its supply chain by 2025 as part of the next phase of its sustainability strategy.

The French conglomerate, which owns high-end brands including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, said it was dedicated to reducing its environmental impact and advocating social welfare across its supply chain.

The strategy outlines how the firm plans to help transform the luxury sector and meet the significant social and environmental challenges of this generation, said François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering.

The launch comes days after a CDP report said its members, which do not include Kering, pressured suppliers to cut 434m tonnes of CO2 in 2016

Kering said it would reduce emissions by 50% across three elements of the supply chain: fleet and direct emissions, purchased electricity and in-direct emissions, which include business travel, emissions from purchased goods and services, and logistics.

In a separate target, the firm said it would measure and work to reduce by at least 40% the environmental costs to society from its business activities across its supply chain, taking into account water use, water and air pollution, waste and changes in land use.

It also said it would create a supplier sustainability index to ensure all its suppliers implement Kering’s standards for raw materials and processes by 2025. 

Kering's latest strategy also has social targets within the supply chain, including the support of traditional crafting methods, improving community livelihoods where raw materials are sourced, and the development of a system to measure the progress of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Rethinking luxury is a necessity to adapt to our changing world while responding to the concerns of new generations of luxury clients. We have already made significant improvements over the last years and we will continue to strive for the highest environmental and social standards,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer at Kering.

The group has pledged to report every three years on its sustainability progress. Last year, the group's sustainability report outlined big improvement in the sustainable sourcing of some luxury materials including crocodile skin, but said it missed its targets on other items such as gold and leather. 

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