Kering Report Charts Sustainability Progress

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keringParis—Kering is “making progress” towards reaching sustainability targets, two years after announcing a four-year program on tackling environment and social issues.

‘Clean by Design’

The owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta said its Progress Report recorded the important milestones already attained in a number of areas, as well as the challenges yet to be overcome by 2016.

The company’s targets aim to cut across the entire supply chain and company operations, covering raw material sourcing, packaging, water, waste and carbon emissions, hazardous chemicals and PVC, and supplier standards.

Achievements include the creation of the Kering Materials Innovation Lab, with a “comprehensive” library of sustainable materials; the launch of Kering’s “Clean by Design” program for best practices in textile mills; and the development of heavy metal-free tanning processing solutions.

“As a business we need to be smart, adaptive, innovative, and sustainable to understand our risks and continue to seek out opportunities to succeed in the future,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering chairman/ceo. “I am pleased with the progress we have made in implementing internal actions and in establishing industry collaborations to help address our main challenges.”

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