A process to manage supply chain sustainability has been rolled out across Kering brands including Gucci ©REUTERS/Adobe Stock
A process to manage supply chain sustainability has been rolled out across Kering brands including Gucci ©REUTERS/Adobe Stock

Tech and sustainability in fashion supply chains

18 January 2019

Procurement pros gathered in Milan for a forum on sustainable fashion, organised by CIPS Italy country manager Paolo Zaza

“Sustainability has a foundation that is not only ethical, but also economic: there is a direct correlation between good corporate governance and long-term results for shareholders,” he said. 

Massimo Bergamin, industrial operations and corporate Italy security director at Kering, which owns brands including Gucci, shared how a process developed to manage sustainability in Bottega Veneta’s supply chain had been extended to the rest of the group. It involves setting objectives around sustainability, defining a standard set of selection criteria and putting in place control and escalation procedures. Taking the information management systems group-wide has led to efficiencies.

David Bagnara, group purchasing director of Loro Piana (part of LVMH Group), is leveraging tech, having launched an online suppliers’ portal. This manages all aspects of a supplier’s qualification and performance, including its adherence to sustainability guidelines. 

Stefano Orsini, director of group risk, compliance and asset protection at Luxottica Group, said technology was improving the traceability of products, helping reduce reputational risks and fight counterfeiting. When tech is combined with a mystery-shopping programme, Luxottica is better able to sniff out counterfeits.

Blockchain can help. Fabio Malosio from IBM Italia, said: “[It] guarantees values for sustainability such as: transparency, immutability, certification of provenance: in a single word ‘Trust’.” 

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