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  • Overall approach
    8/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Overall commitment
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?: wool
      "For all raw materials this means by 2025: • Traceability across the entire value chain • Zero deforestation • Zero supplies from sensitive natural ecosystems" [...] "By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems. This supports the goal set by the Convention on Biological Diversity of “no net loss of nature by 2030”."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify: Member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact; The Capitals Coalition; Other initiative
      Kering S.A. has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2008. "UN Global Compact Natural Capital Coalition Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Taken together, this approach to sourcing protects biologically-rich ecosystems, and allows wild plant and animal species to thrive in large, undisturbed surrounding areas. It also ensures the continued protection of forests, which are critical carbon sinks.
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Type of risk if Other. Also add any relevant details: NA

      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What type of risk is recognised?: Financial; Operational; Reputational

      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: 72% leather
      "Brand damage related to forest risk commodities [...] The risk ‘Brand and Image’ is one of the operational risks identified in Kering’s group-level risk management framework. Unfavourable or erroneous media coverage on the Group’s products or practices, or negative discussions on social networks, could damage its image and reputation and give consumers a misleading perception of the Group’s performance, potentially leading to a slowdown in sales. Examples of risks that may impact Kering’s Brand image include the use of bovine/ovine leather in Kering’s supply chain. At Kering, leather is a key raw material as leather and precious skin-based products represented 72% of Kering's revenue in 2020. "
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Leather; Pulp & paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      "Kering’s Chairman of the Board and CEO is a member of the Sustainability Committee(created in 2012) and oversees forest-related strategy. He is responsible for aligningthe Group’s strategy with the sustainability strategy that includes forest-relatedtargets. The Sustainability Committee comprises four Directors including its Chair andKering’s Managing director. "
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Executive compensation
      Yes, for all commodities
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: Yes
      "The Sustainability Committee comprises four Directors including its Chair andKering’s Managing director. 30% of Kering’s Chairman and CEO's variable remuneration is incentivized over non-financial criteria, of which 10% dedicated to Sustainability. In 2020 the Sustainability target was the operational implementation of the 2025 Sustainability strategy, which includes forest-related goals such as 100% leather, paper and cellulosic fibers traceability by 2025. "
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      1/1
      Land-use change emissions
      Yes
      1/1
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      "Expanding the use of renewable energy across supply chains and innovating around energy and material efficiency are priorities for Kering to reduce its emissions in line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s 1.5°C pathway. Additional emissions reductions also come from a commitment to expanding regenerative approaches to raw material production and exploring new types of ‘low-impact’ materials. Kering’s engagement to scale regenerative agriculture both within and beyond our supply chains is key to our commitment to pair carbon removals with supporting resilience in nature and communities. This focus on regenerative agriculture, along with other best practices in raw material production and extraction, is vital for our Natural Climate Solutions. [...] GHGs represent 35% of Kering’s total environmental impact as measured by the EP&L and is the biggest driver of impact. A close second is ‘Land Use Change’ (LUC). While GHG emissions are spread across all ‘tiers’ in the supply chain, they are most significantsignificant upstream in the supply chain at Tier 4, where raw materials are extracted and produced.[...] 70% We will reduce our Scope 3 GHG emissions by 70% per unit of value added by 2030 from a 2015 baseline"
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Reforestation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 116 hectares
      "In French Guiana, the Group is supporting a reforestation program for gold mining sites that cover 116 hectares of the Amazon rainforest with a goal to plant 214,78 trees over a four-year period."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      "OUR TARGETS: -90% We will reduce our absolute Scopes 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 90% by 2030 from a 2015 baseline [...] -70% We will reduce our Scope 3 GHG emissions by 70% per unit of value added by 2030 from a 2015 baseline [...] NET ZERO by 2050"
  • Commodity score
    51/90
    • Leather
      50/90
      • Commitment Strength
        14/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Savannah

            Do they have a deforestation commitment covering animal feed?: No

            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems." [...] "For all raw materials this means by 2025: • Zero deforestation • Zero supplies from sensitive natural ecosystems" [...] Minimum requirement include ensuring leather does not come from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome. Kering brands will not work with suppliers that source leather from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome since July 2006, or farms included in IBAMA’s embargo list"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems." [...] "For all raw materials this means by 2025: • Zero deforestation • Zero supplies from sensitive natural ecosystems" [...] Minimum requirement include ensuring leather does not come from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome. Kering brands will not work with suppliers that source leather from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome since July 2006, or farms included in IBAMA’s embargo list"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: To eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems
            "By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems." [...] "For all raw materials this means by 2025: • Zero deforestation • Zero supplies from sensitive natural ecosystems" [...] Minimum requirement include ensuring leather does not come from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome. Kering brands will not work with suppliers that source leather from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome since July 2006, or farms included in IBAMA’s embargo list"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Do they have a traceability commitment which goes back to the birth farm?: Yes

            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "Kering expects to have full traceability of hides up to the farm level by 2025, supported by documentation, physical traceability mechanisms and verification. This will require collaboration within the entire leather supply chain. Leather suppliers are required to support this collaboration and to provide the following information: • Location and name of finishing tannery • Locations and names of all the tanneries upstream of the finishing • Location (country, region) and, if deemed necessary, name of the slaughterhouse • Location (country, area) of the farms (from finishing farm to breeding farm)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Kering expects to have full traceability of hides up to the farm level by 2025, supported by documentation, physical traceability mechanisms and verification. This will require collaboration within the entire leather supply chain. Leather suppliers are required to support this collaboration and to provide the following information: • Location and name of finishing tannery • Locations and names of all the tanneries upstream of the finishing • Location (country, region) and, if deemed necessary, name of the slaughterhouse • Location (country, area) of the farms (from finishing farm to breeding farm)"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Traceability of all materials to at least country level and to farm level
            "Kering expects to have full traceability of hides up to the farm level by 2025, supported by documentation, physical traceability mechanisms and verification. This will require collaboration within the entire leather supply chain. Leather suppliers are required to support this collaboration and to provide the following information: • Location and name of finishing tannery • Locations and names of all the tanneries upstream of the finishing • Location (country, region) and, if deemed necessary, name of the slaughterhouse • Location (country, area) of the farms (from finishing farm to breeding farm)"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        10/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Not specified

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "As a global luxury industry leader, we expect and require our business partners – including our suppliers and subcontractors – to do the same. Kering is committed to: [...] • prohibiting the use of slavery, human trafficking, debt bondage, compulsory labor and/or forced labour; • eliminating child labor; • preventing violence, discriminatory practices and harassment [...] The SUPPLIER and its sub-suppliers shall guarantee the employees’ rights to establish, participate in and organise trade unions according to their own will and their right to bargain collectively through the trade unions"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          1/2
          "Part of our 2025 sustainability strategy is to achieve gender equality and equal pay among women and men at every level of the organization and to introduce a mentoring program for women at the international level. [...] Women are an important part of the workforce in our supply chain and may face multiple economic and social barriers to achieving gender equality. We support women’s empowerment across our global supply chain and engage with our business partners to address any barriers. In particular, our business partners are expected to develop women’s skills and opportunities, ensure that women and men are given equal pay for equal work, and provide a workplace free from violence and harassment. For pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breast feeding , appropriate measures must be put into place to ensure the maintenance of good health and well-being at work."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
          Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, and commits to not proceeding with these operations unless consent has been given by Indigenous peoples and local communities
          3/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, and commits to not proceeding with these operations unless consent has been given by Indigenous peoples and local communities
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: plantations
          "Kering requests that its suppliers acknowledge the right of Indigenous People and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new logging rights are allocated or plantations are developed."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          Yes
          3/3
          Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          Yes
          3/3
          "We restate our commitment to human rights and intend to conduct ourselves as a socially responsible corporation wherever we operate. We will not tolerate threats, intimidation or attacks, whether physical or legal, against defenders of human rights."
      • Implementation and Reporting
        27/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          "Across all raw materials, suppliers must meet “minimum” requirements immediately. For example, in the case of leather, this means only purchasing skins from suppliers who are willing to disclose the source. Suppliers must also meet additional conditions by 2025. For example, in the case of leather, this will mean having full traceability back to the farm, with high standards of ecological and animal welfare being applied. Kering’s recent Sustainability Progress Report showed that the Group has so far achieved 68% alignment with the Kering Standards, and is well on track to meet its goal of 100% by 2025."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: July 2006
          "Kering forbids the use of leather from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome since July 2006, or farms included in IBAMA’s embargo list. Suppliers are required to ensure, and provide documentation of, traceability so as to;- guarantee that leather supplies do not come from farms which directly or indirectly (through the production oflivestock fodder) use lands recently (since 2009) converted to pasture from sensitive natural eco-systems (especially forests and grasslands) with a high conservation value;"
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Savory’s Land to Market program
          "Through its different programs on the field, Kering engages with a significant numbers of small holders: - Through its partnership with the Savory Institute, Kering contributes to the support of small holder farmers in 16 countries worldwide to transition towards regenerative farming practices. In 2021, the collaboration with the Savory Institute focused on establishing and supporting wool and leather supply chains around the world (New Zealand, United Kingdom, Turkey, etc.). - Through its multi-stakeholder project in the South Gobi area, Kering supports around 200 herder families through bonus/incentive payments and better pricing in order for them to switch to more sustainable herding practices (holistic grazing, improved land management, etc.) - Through its project in South Africa, aiming at building up a sustainable sheep leather supply chain from farm to finished leather, Kering collaborates with the Karoo Meat of Origin certification programme. This programme, which looks at environmental, social and animal welfare practices at farm level, is engaging 236 farmers to improve their practices"
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "Risk related to cattle commodity are assessed across 4 approaches (1,2,3: internal company methods ; 3: national specific tools and 4:databases). Internal methods have been chosen because together with national specific tools and databases, they form a robust methodology to assess cattle-related risks for both direct operations and supply chain"[...]"Internal sourcing risk assessment framework (environmental, social and animal welfare risks on all the supply chain - including cattle-related forests risks) performed every year by our team of specialists with 3 levels of risks (low, medium, high) for each sourcing country."[...]"The internal assessments guide Houses in their supply decision and an action plan is built yearly for each House. 3. EP&L assesses impacts and reliance on natural resources (including forest resources) and attributes monetary value to the Group’s environmental impacts throughout its supply chain. Through scenario simulation, EP&L understands key risks drivers behind the use of raw materials with respect to their geographical origin and process type. Specifically regarding forests, EP&L measures and compares the impact of land use (including deforestation) of sourcing countries"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Kering works with suppliers to audit all facilities to assess adherence to the Kering Standards.[...]Compliance with all national and international laws, conventions and regulations"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "If you are working for a company supplying Kering or one of its Houses and you think you witness or suffer practices contradictory to these principles, or if you have a question about them, you can confidentially contact Kering Alert System" The document linked specifies the Kering Alert Sysrtem and how to get in touch.
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          2/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          1.5/3
          Total volume: 37,996 tons

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: Not specified

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Leather goods: leather, shoes

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA
          "Leather is mainly used within the leather goods and shoes business units. In 2021, with more than 37,996 tons sourced, leather represents 44% of the total quantity of raw materials that are used within the Group. In overall, the top countries from which the animals producing the leather used by the group are grazed are: 1. France 2. Italy 3. Netherlands 4. Spain 5. United States 6. United Kingdom. In terms of quantity, these countries represent 60% of the total leather used by the Group (all type of leather together: bovine/ovine/pig/exotic skins...). Considering that Kering Brand's are buying high quality leather, especially due to its Luxury activities, leather is representing 56% of the total Group procurement spend."
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Training and ethics awareness programs are available to all employees of the Group worldwide....Similarly, every year each employee in the Group must take the compulsory training course or courses on ethics developed for all employees of the Group worldwide... Kering and its Houses provide support and advice to them (training program, development of skills, sharing good practice and so on) to ensure that they comply with its Code of ethics and Suppliers’ Charter...The Group carries out checking procedures and does not knowingly work with partners who do not share these essential principles at the heart of their businesses and in the choice of their own service providers."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 64%

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 68%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "For cattle products, we control, monitor and verify compliance with no conversion and no deforestation commitments through our new Biodiversity Policy published in 2020, which is focused on three goals: • stemming biodiversity loss; • restoring ecosystems and species; • sparking systemic change that goes above and beyond our supply chains. In addition, thanks to the Savory Institute’s Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) program, Kering will have access to data and verifications carried out by the Institute to demonstrate the positive impact of its sourcing choices on soil, water management, animal welfare and biodiversity. 3,420 supplier audits were performed in 2021, representing 64% of our suppliers. After qualification, suppliers’ continued compliance with Kering requirements is verified by follow-up audits. In 2021, 93% of leather is traceable and 68% is aligned with Kering Standards."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          Yes, for partial sourcing
          3/4
          Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          Yes, for partial sourcing
          3/4
          If a reference date was used by the company, what was the reference date?: 2021

          How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: Unclear

          How many hectares/km/m?: 56,673 HA

          What are the method(s) and data source(s) used for calculating attributed deforestation/conversion?: Unclear, internal process

          What are the method(s) and data source(s) used to monitor and assess deforestation/conversion?: EP&L landuse impact assessments

          Does the dowsntream company report the attributed deforestation or ecosystem conversion by sourcing area?: No

          Over what timeframe was this information reported? e.g. one year, five years, since the cut-off date, other: 1 year
          "Known or estimated deforestation/ conversion footprint (hectares) 56,673 [...] Focusing specifically on EP&L landuse impact related to leather, we can see that the total Ha impacted through leather sourcing went from 111,929 Ha in 2015 to 168 602 Ha in 2021 which represents an increase of 56,673 Ha."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non Compliance with Kering Standards

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective Action Plans

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance...In 2021, 68% of leather is aligned with Kering Standards. % of total suppliers in compliance: - 64% of suppliers were audited in 2021. After qualification, suppliers’ continued compliance with Kering requirements is verified by follow-up audits. Response to non-compliance: The Group and its Houses implement corrective actions when non-compliance is identified. A single central body allows Kering to control the compliance of Group suppliers. The Hercules system is build on 6 pillars: 1) The Sustainability Principles 2) Central management team 3) Clear and uniform procedures for all the Houses, corresponding to the different stages of the supplier relationship, including the activation procedure, monitoring procedure, and termination of contract procedure 4) Risk assessments and audit plans are constructed on the basis of a set of predefined criteria. 5) A single and comprehensive audit methodology, with a comprehensive audit questionnaire (Containing 97 questions). Follow-up audits with a smaller scope focus on the area(s) in which breaches of compliance were identified. 6) Anomalies classified into four categories and standard responses to each case: - zero tolerance: immediate establishment of a committee - serious compliance breach: one month to resolve and follow-up audit - moderate compliance breach: three months to resolve and follow-up audit - observations: six months to resolve and corrective action plan"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      51/90
      • Commitment Strength
        14/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Savannah

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content; Reduction of material inputs

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products; Pulp; Packaging

            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "The Group’s objective of 100% alignment with the Kering Standards by 2025 is reflected by concrete targets for each of its key raw materials, in particular for all materials: • Traceability across the entire value chain • Zero deforestation"[...]"By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems. This supports the goal set by the Convention on Biological Diversity of “no net loss of nature by 2030”. "Reduce the Group’s reliance on sourcing virgin raw material, so that 50% of the materials used in its Houses’ collections by 2025 are aligned with Circular Economy principles (e.g. recycled materials). Reduce the Group’s reliance on virgin raw materials by supporting material and process innovations, and also by investing in start-up companies creating alternative materials."[...]"The SUPPLIER and its sub-suppliers shall: • ensure that all wood, paper and derived products sourced are FSC certified; the use of recycled cellulose is preferred. Where FSC certification is not available, PEFC certification may be used"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The Group’s objective of 100% alignment with the Kering Standards by 2025 is reflected by concrete targets for each of its key raw materials, in particular for all materials: • Traceability across the entire value chain • Zero deforestation"[...]"By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems. This supports the goal set by the Convention on Biological Diversity of “no net loss of nature by 2030”. "Reduce the Group’s reliance on sourcing virgin raw material, so that 50% of the materials used in its Houses’ collections by 2025 are aligned with Circular Economy principles (e.g. recycled materials). Reduce the Group’s reliance on virgin raw materials by supporting material and process innovations, and also by investing in start-up companies creating alternative materials."[...]"The SUPPLIER and its sub-suppliers shall: • ensure that all wood, paper and derived products sourced are FSC certified; the use of recycled cellulose is preferred. Where FSC certification is not available, PEFC certification may be used"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value, Reduce the Group’s reliance on sourcing virgin raw material
            "The Group’s objective of 100% alignment with the Kering Standards by 2025 is reflected by concrete targets for each of its key raw materials, in particular for all materials: • Traceability across the entire value chain • Zero deforestation"[...]"By 2025, eliminate the sourcing of all materials that lead to the conversion of ecosystems with high conservation value (using scientifically-recognized reference systems), with particular attention to forested areas, grasslands, wetlands and freshwater/marine ecosystems. This supports the goal set by the Convention on Biological Diversity of “no net loss of nature by 2030”. "Reduce the Group’s reliance on sourcing virgin raw material, so that 50% of the materials used in its Houses’ collections by 2025 are aligned with Circular Economy principles (e.g. recycled materials). Reduce the Group’s reliance on virgin raw materials by supporting material and process innovations, and also by investing in start-up companies creating alternative materials."[...]"The SUPPLIER and its sub-suppliers shall: • ensure that all wood, paper and derived products sourced are FSC certified; the use of recycled cellulose is preferred. Where FSC certification is not available, PEFC certification may be used"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "Kering is committed to ensure traceability of key raw materials reaches 100% by 2025."[...]"In 2021, 85% of timber products (paper and cardboard, cellulosics, wood) used by weight were traceable to State or equivalent"[...]"A sense check is also done based on the specific type of material and the trade information related to these specific raw materials to see if the country of origin specified by the supplier is compatible with worldwide trade data. For instance, the EP&L allows for extracting the level of paper FSC/PEFC certification, at group-level and per brand, which can then be communicated to the sustainability leads of each brand so that they can put in place the needed actions on paper sourcing so as to ensure to reach the target of 100% certification by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Kering is committed to ensure traceability of key raw materials reaches 100% by 2025."[...]"In 2021, 85% of timber products (paper and cardboard, cellulosics, wood) used by weight were traceable to State or equivalent"[...]"A sense check is also done based on the specific type of material and the trade information related to these specific raw materials to see if the country of origin specified by the supplier is compatible with worldwide trade data. For instance, the EP&L allows for extracting the level of paper FSC/PEFC certification, at group-level and per brand, which can then be communicated to the sustainability leads of each brand so that they can put in place the needed actions on paper sourcing so as to ensure to reach the target of 100% certification by 2025."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Identify whether country of origin compatible with trade data to assure traceability
            "Kering is committed to ensure traceability of key raw materials reaches 100% by 2025."[...]"In 2021, 85% of timber products (paper and cardboard, cellulosics, wood) used by weight were traceable to State or equivalent"[...]"A sense check is also done based on the specific type of material and the trade information related to these specific raw materials to see if the country of origin specified by the supplier is compatible with worldwide trade data. For instance, the EP&L allows for extracting the level of paper FSC/PEFC certification, at group-level and per brand, which can then be communicated to the sustainability leads of each brand so that they can put in place the needed actions on paper sourcing so as to ensure to reach the target of 100% certification by 2025."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        9/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Not specified
          "As a global luxury industry leader, we expect and require our business partners – including our suppliers and subcontractors – to do the same. Kering is committed to: [...] • prohibiting the use of slavery, human trafficking, debt bondage, compulsory labor and/or forced labour; • eliminating child labor; • preventing violence, discriminatory practices and harassment [...] The SUPPLIER and its sub-suppliers shall guarantee the employees’ rights to establish, participate in and organise trade unions according to their own will and their right to bargain collectively through the trade unions"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains
          1/2
          "Part of our 2025 sustainability strategy is to achieve gender equality and equal pay among women and men at every level of the organization and to introduce a mentoring program for women at the international level. [...] Women are an important part of the workforce in our supply chain and may face multiple economic and social barriers to achieving gender equality. We support women’s empowerment across our global supply chain and engage with our business partners to address any barriers. In particular, our business partners are expected to develop women’s skills and opportunities, ensure that women and men are given equal pay for equal work, and provide a workplace free from violence and harassment. For pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are b re a s t f e e d i n g , a p p ro p r i a t e measures must be put into place to ensure the maintenance of good health and well-being at work."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Plantations
          "Kering requests that its suppliers acknowledge the right of Indigenous People and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new logging rights are allocated or plantations are developed."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          Yes
          3/3
          Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          Yes
          3/3
          "We restate our commitment to human rights and intend to conduct ourselves as a socially responsible corporation wherever we operate. We will not tolerate threats, intimidation or attacks, whether physical or legal, against defenders of human rights."
      • Implementation and Reporting
        29/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: NA

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: NA

          What methods are used for verification?: FSC
          "In 2021, 85% of the paper consumed was certified (PEFC or FSC) i.e. 1,049 metric tons out of a total of 1,234 metric tons. Most of the maisons prefer FSC certification for their paper and cardboard packaging, as well as recycled paper: Gucci has been a member of FSC since 2017. All of the packaging and printed materials used by the House, for BtoB and BtoC, have been FSC-certified since 2010"
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2015
          In their 2022 CDP Forests Report, they specify that in their timber products, there has been 5902 hectares of deforestation/conversion since 2015. In this report, they say that the cutoff date for their 2.1 deforestation commitment is 2013.
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Canopy NGO collaboration

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise
          "Kering sourcing does not support degradation or destruction of forest ecosystems, recommending use of FSC certification, and reducing pressure on forest ecosystems by using recycled paper where possible, - and for cellulosic fabrics, aligning its standards with the work from Canopy NGO. Regarding innovation, Kering’s policy includes the development of alternate raw materials through its partnership with the Plug & Play-Fashion for Good accelerator, supporting startups like Amadou Leather, a leather alternative made from mushroom material, both aiming at reducing pressure on forest ecosystems. [...] Existing efforts in this area include alternative materials usage, new supply chain methods, and public-private conservation partnerships. For example, Kering is working in French Guiana with conservation partners Solicaz and Forest Finance to reforest a former alluvial gold mining site. With goals of 100% restoration (beyond the regulatory minimum of 30%), it is the first full reforestation programme of a mining site in the Amazon."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "Risk related to timber commodity are assessed across 4 approaches (1,2,3: internal company methods ; 2: national specific tools and databases; 4: external consultant or certifications), together forming a strong, efficient, and varied methodology to assess risks related to timber for both direct operations and supply chain. 1. Kering Risk management framework, setting roles, responsibilities and procedures through a shared risk management policy and IT system. Forests risks are covered under ‘Raw materials scarcity, quality and biodiversity"[...]"The environmental footprint is measured across 6 indicators among which land use & forest aspects. 3. Kering Standards: They allow Kering’s sustainability experts to define and implement the relevant sustainable standards and support brands in the identification of and shift towards more sustainable alternate materials, including forest-sourced. For cellulose-based fabrics, the supplier has to evaluate its supply chain vis-à-vis the Canopy Style methodology. 4. An external Global risk analytics provider, Verisk Maple croft, covering over 200 issues for 198 countries including deforestation risks. It provided risk-based hotspot maps for strategic raw materials on the current and future (2036-2060) climate and forest risks. 5. Canopy Style methodology and/or FSC certification are used to ensure our viscose & other wood-pulp based materials come from supply chains that avoid sourcing from ancient and endangered forests."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Kering works with suppliers to audit all facilities to assess adherence to the Kering Standards.[...]Compliance with all national and international laws, conventions and regulations"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "If you are working for a company supplying Kering or one of its Houses and you think you witness or suffer practices contradictory to these principles, or if you have a question about them, you can confidentially contact Kering Alert System" The document linked specifies the Kering Alert Sysrtem and how to get in touch.
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: Not specified

          Total volume: 31,659 Metric tons

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Paper

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA
          "In 2021, 85% of the paper consumed was certified (PEFC or FSC) i.e. 1,049 metric tons out of a total of 1,234 metric tons. Most of the maisons prefer FSC certification for their paper and cardboard packaging, as well as recycled paper: Gucci has been a member of FSC since 2017. All of the packaging and printed materials used by the House, for BtoB and BtoC, have been FSC-certified since 2010" 31,659 Metric tons
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits
          "Training and ethics awareness programs are available to all employees of the Group worldwide....Similarly, every year each employee in the Group must take the compulsory training course or courses on ethics developed for all employees of the Group worldwide... Kering and its Houses provide support and advice to them (training program, development of skills, sharing good practice and so on) to ensure that they comply with its Code of ethics and Suppliers’ Charter...The Group carries out checking procedures and does not knowingly work with partners who do not share these essential principles at the heart of their businesses and in the choice of their own service providers."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 64%

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0%

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Unclear
          "For timber products, we control, monitor and verify compliance with no conversion and no deforestation commitments...- In 2021, 91% of timber products used by the Group were aligned with Kering Standards % of total suppliers in compliance: - 64% of suppliers were audited in 2021. After qualification, suppliers’ continued compliance with Kering requirements is verified by follow-up audits."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          Yes, for partial sourcing
          3/4
          Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          Yes, for partial sourcing
          3/4
          If a reference date was used by the company, what was the reference date?: 2015

          What are the method(s) and data source(s) used to monitor and assess deforestation/conversion?: Not specified

          Does the dowsntream company report the attributed deforestation or ecosystem conversion by sourcing area?: No

          What are the method(s) and data source(s) used for calculating attributed deforestation/conversion?: Not specified

          Over what timeframe was this information reported? e.g. one year, five years, since the cut-off date, other: 7 years

          How many hectares/km/m?: 5902 hectares

          How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: Not specified
          In their 2022 CDP Forests Report, they specify that in their timber products, there has been 5902 hectares of deforestation/conversion since 2015. In this report, they say that the cutoff date for their 2.1 deforestation commitment is 2013.
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective Action Plans

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non Compliance with Kering Standards

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Procedures to address and resolve non-compliance with suppliers Developing time-bound targets and milestones to bring suppliers back into compliance...Response to non-compliance: The Group and its Houses implement corrective actions when non-compliance is identified. A single central body allows Kering to control the compliance of Group suppliers. The Hercules system is build on 6 pillars: 1) The Sustainability Principles 2) Central management team 3) Clear and uniform procedures for all the Houses including monitoring and termination of contract procedure 4) Risk assessments and audit plans constructed on the basis of a set of predefined criteria 5) Single and comprehensive audit methodology, with comprehensive audit questionnaire. Follow-up audits with a smaller scope focus on the area(s) in which breaches of compliance were identified. 6) Anomalies classified into four categories and standard responses to each case: - zero tolerance: immediate establishment of a committee - serious compliance breach: one month to resolve and follow-up audit - moderate compliance breach: three months to resolve and follow-up audit - observations: six months to resolve and corrective action plan"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    14/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    28/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    10/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Kering SA is a luxury goods group comprising fashion houses, leather goods companies and jewellery makers. The group’s brands include Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, amongst many others. As a leading producer of apparel, luggage and footwear products, Kering SA plays a prominent role in the global trade of leather and animal skins. Kering S.A. is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Apparel Accessories & Luxury Goods, Apparel Retail, Paper Packaging
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
France
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Brioni, Pomellato, Dodo, oeelin, UlyseeNardin, Girard-Perregaux, Boucheron, Alaia, Courreges, Mont Blanc

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