Committed leadership, rigorous tools and the right partnerships are combining to transform an industry
Marie-Claire Daveu loves her job. The enthusiasm of Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs is palpable. And she has every reason to be happy: this year Kering made it onto the A-List of the Carbon Disclosure Project Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 and was named industry leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World and Europe, topping the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods category. They must be doing something right.
The company’s rise to sustainability stardom has been rapid. While many sector leaders have consolidated their position over decades, Kering is a relative newcomer in the sustainability space. But it is fast emerging as a credible trendsetter others would do well to follow.
Headquartered in France, the Kering group holds a string of 22 well-known luxury and sports lifestyle brands—from Gucci and Saint-Laurent to Puma, Qeelin and Bottega Veneta. As parent company, Kering sets group guidelines and provides a platform of support services like IT, finance and logistics to capture operational efficiencies and nurture brand synergies. Through ambitious group targets, teams are encouraged to stretch their thinking and move beyond their comfort zone—part of the dynamic Kering calls ‘empowering imagination.’ The CEOs and creative directors...