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  • Overall approach
    6/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Kering S.A. has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2008.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      [translation] "Kering does everything in its power to support the most ecological farming and breeding practices possible in terms of care, reproduction and breeding in order to limit their environmental impact. Kering is committed to ensuring that its sources of supply do not contribute to the degradation or destruction of forest ecosystems, as well as to developing opportunities for sustainable forest management as much as possible. ”
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational, operational
      "For example, deforestation in critical forests around the world is primarily driven by cattle-ranching, an important source of leather, whereas cotton production accounts for 16 per cent of the world’s insecticide use, an underlining factor in global pollinator decline. Association with these types of negative impacts can generate reputational risk, but may also contribute to operational issues, such as security of supply over the mid and long term."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "Further address all supply chain environmental impacts with a goal to reduce Kering’s Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) [4] account by at least 40%, including the remaining carbon emissions [5] and going beyond to also include water use, water and air pollution, waste production and land use changes."
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 116 hectares
      "We supported reforestation in Guyana in our gold supply chain covering 116 hectares of Amazonian forest and also tree-planting for 214,780 trees (a 4-year project starting in 2018)."
  • Commodity score
    43/84
    • Leather
      47/84
      • Commitment Strength
        24/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            "By 2025, all suppliers will be required to only source leather/ hides for Kering from: Either a preferred country as listed in BOX 2. Among these countries, the operations with certifications listed in BOX 3 are preferred to non-certified sources". In Box 2, preferred countries are low-risk only. High-risk countries are defined as where "there is a risk of conversion of sensitive ecosystems (notably natural forests and grasslands) into grazing lands for farming".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "By 2025, all suppliers will be required to only source leather/ hides for Kering from: Either a preferred country as listed in BOX 2. Among these countries, the operations with certifications listed in BOX 3 are preferred to non-certified sources". In Box 2, preferred countries are low-risk only. High-risk countries are defined as where "there is a risk of conversion of sensitive ecosystems (notably natural forests and grasslands) into grazing lands for farming".
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "By 2025, all suppliers will be required to only source leather/ hides for Kering from: Either a preferred country as listed in BOX 2. Among these countries, the operations with certifications listed in BOX 3 are preferred to non-certified sources". In Box 2, preferred countries are low-risk only. High-risk countries are defined as where "there is a risk of conversion of sensitive ecosystems (notably natural forests and grasslands) into grazing lands for farming".
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "Kering expects to have full traceability of hides up to the farmlevel by 2025, supported by documentation, physical traceability mechanisms and verification. This will require collaborationwithin the entire leather supply chain. Leather suppliers arerequired to support this collaboration and to provide the following information:• Location and name of finishing tannery• Locations and names of all the tanneries upstreamof the finishing• Location (country, region) and, if deemed necessary,name of the slaughterhouse• Location (country, area) of the farms (from finishingfarm to breeding farm)".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "Kering expects to have full traceability of hides up to the farmlevel by 2025, supported by documentation, physical traceability mechanisms and verification. This will require collaborationwithin the entire leather supply chain. Leather suppliers arerequired to support this collaboration and to provide the following information:• Location and name of finishing tannery• Locations and names of all the tanneries upstreamof the finishing• Location (country, region) and, if deemed necessary,name of the slaughterhouse• Location (country, area) of the farms (from finishingfarm to breeding farm)".
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "Kering expects to have full traceability of hides up to the farmlevel by 2025, supported by documentation, physical traceability mechanisms and verification. This will require collaborationwithin the entire leather supply chain. Leather suppliers arerequired to support this collaboration and to provide the following information:• Location and name of finishing tannery• Locations and names of all the tanneries upstreamof the finishing• Location (country, region) and, if deemed necessary,name of the slaughterhouse• Location (country, area) of the farms (from finishingfarm to breeding farm)".
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kering S.A. committed their suppliers to protect their workers rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour, and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Kering S.A. require their suppliers to "To prohibit all forms of psychological harassment, notably sexual harassment, in particular any form of intimidation, threat or coercion of a sexual nature or any promise of recompense in return for sexual favors [...and] To treat all men and women equally, fairly and respectfully at work, paying particular attention to the eradication of all forms of intimidation, harassment, violence or unequal treatment, especially with regard to women’s pay".
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          “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.”
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Overall for the Group’s leather we are 73% aligned with the Kering Standards and on track to reach 100% by 2025. When we dive deeper we can see we are 79% aligned for bovine leather and this accounts for 75% of all the Group’s leather."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Kering S.A. state that 92% of their bovine leather, which accounts for 75% of all of the Kering Group's leather.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2006
          "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. Leather suppliers must: (1) investigate with their sub-suppliers as to where the hides come from, (2) actively check in detail for the sources of leather coming from South America and (3) terminate relations with any sub-supplier that is not compliant on these points.”
        • 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?: Frontier Founder under Savory’s Land to Market program
          "As such, Kering has become a Frontier Founder under Savory’s Land to Market program to promote and support the regenerative production of raw materials and utilize Savory’s pioneering methodology, Ecological Outcome VerificationTM (EOVTM), in its leather and fiber supply chains that come from grazing systems, such as wool and cashmere."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "It is legally mandated that Kering’s suppliers strictly comply with national and local legislation, in particular regarding the environment, as well as health, safety and welfare of permanent and occasional workers at the facility." "Kering requires brands’ suppliers to be audited for compliance with the Kering Supplier Charter which covers key ethical, social, environmental and security aspects in line with International Standards. The audits are conducted by the Kering Supply Chain Audit Team (KSCA) at Kering brands’ suppliers. This ensures screening of major social aspects and provides a certain level of insurance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 45,600 tons
          Kering S.A. reported their total usage of leather as 45,600 metric tons in the 2019 Forests CDP report.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed
          "Kering requires brands’ suppliers to be audited for compliance with the Kering Supplier Charter which covers key ethical, social, environmental and security aspects in line with International Standards. The audits are conducted by the Kering Supply Chain Audit Team (KSCA) at Kering brands’ suppliers. This ensures screening of major social aspects and provides a certain level of insurance. The auditees are required to pass the audit or address non-compliances in a reasonable timeframe. More information is available in Appendix: Social Compliance and Enforcement of Kering Code of Ethics in Supply Chain."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Leather suppliers must: (1) investigate with their sub-suppliers as to where the hides come from, (2) actively check in detail for the sources of leather coming from South America and (3) terminate relations with any sub-supplier that is not compliant on these points."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            “With this in mind, we set our paper & packaging Target based on several objectives: protecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity and ensuring that there is zero deforestation in our supply chains; supporting the expansion of sustainable forestry and the benefits derived by local communities; and promoting recycling and minimising the amount of virgin wood used in our paper and packaging.” "Choose paper and wood-based products that are certified from sustainably-managed sources. The certification that Kering recommends is from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            “With this in mind, we set our paper & packaging Target based on several objectives: protecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity and ensuring that there is zero deforestation in our supply chains; supporting the expansion of sustainable forestry and the benefits derived by local communities; and promoting recycling and minimising the amount of virgin wood used in our paper and packaging.” "Choose paper and wood-based products that are certified from sustainably-managed sources. The certification that Kering recommends is from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)".
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            “With this in mind, we set our paper & packaging Target based on several objectives: protecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity and ensuring that there is zero deforestation in our supply chains; supporting the expansion of sustainable forestry and the benefits derived by local communities; and promoting recycling and minimising the amount of virgin wood used in our paper and packaging.” "Choose paper and wood-based products that are certified from sustainably-managed sources. The certification that Kering recommends is from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)".
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            “With this in mind, we set our paper & packaging Target based on several objectives: protecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity and ensuring that there is zero deforestation in our supply chains; supporting the expansion of sustainable forestry and the benefits derived by local communities; and promoting recycling and minimising the amount of virgin wood used in our paper and packaging.” "Choose paper and wood-based products that are certified from sustainably-managed sources. The certification that Kering recommends is from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)".
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Kering is committed to reducing its dependency on primary (“virgin”) raw materials. Recycled content greater than 50% and up to 100% is recommended especially for products such as office paper, B2B packaging and hangtags and labels. For recycled paper and wood-based products, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recycled and Blue Angel are the preferred certifications. See BOX 1: Explanation of FSC Labels."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "Kering is committed to reducing its dependency on primary (“virgin”) raw materials. Recycled content greater than 50% and up to 100% is recommended especially for products such as office paper, B2B packaging and hangtags and labels. For recycled paper and wood-based products, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recycled and Blue Angel are the preferred certifications. See BOX 1: Explanation of FSC Labels."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Kering is committed to reducing its dependency on primary (“virgin”) raw materials. Recycled content greater than 50% and up to 100% is recommended especially for products such as office paper, B2B packaging and hangtags and labels. For recycled paper and wood-based products, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recycled and Blue Angel are the preferred certifications. See BOX 1: Explanation of FSC Labels."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Not specified
            "Kering is committed to reducing its dependency on primary (“virgin”) raw materials. Recycled content greater than 50% and up to 100% is recommended especially for products such as office paper, B2B packaging and hangtags and labels. For recycled paper and wood-based products, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recycled and Blue Angel are the preferred certifications. See BOX 1: Explanation of FSC Labels."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kering S.A. committed their suppliers to protect their workers rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour, and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Other
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Kering S.A. require their suppliers to "To prohibit all forms of psychological harassment, notably sexual harassment, in particular any form of intimidation, threat or coercion of a sexual nature or any promise of recompense in return for sexual favors [...and] To treat all men and women equally, fairly and respectfully at work, paying particular attention to the eradication of all forms of intimidation, harassment, violence or unequal treatment, especially with regard to women’s pay".
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          “Paperless office policy through a 75% reduction and offsetting initiatives for the remaining paper usage such as tree planting initiatives.”
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          “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.”
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2018, the proportion of certified (PEFC or FSC) or recycled paper was 86% across the Group, breaking down as 82% certified paper and 4% recycled paper."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "In 2018, the proportion of certified or recycled packaging was 98% for paper packaging and 96% for cardboard used across the Group."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Certification - FSC, PEFC

            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification - FSC, PEFC
            "In 2018, the proportion of certified (PEFC or FSC) or recycled paper was 86% across the Group, breaking down as 82% certified paper and 4% recycled paper."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 1994
          "In accordance with Kering’s commitment to ensure that it does not source from endangered forests, suppliers of viscose or rayon and other cellulosics will use best efforts to eliminate sourcing fiber made with dissolving pulp from: • Companies that are logging forests illegally, from tree plantations established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests, from areas being logged in contravention of indigenous peoples’ rights, or from other controversial suppliers."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "It is legally mandated that Kering’s suppliers strictly comply with national and local legislation, in particular regarding the environment, as well as health, safety and welfare of permanent and occasional workers at the facility." "Kering requires brands’ suppliers to be audited for compliance with the Kering Supplier Charter which covers key ethical, social, environmental and security aspects in line with International Standards. The audits are conducted by the Kering Supply Chain Audit Team (KSCA) at Kering brands’ suppliers. This ensures screening of major social aspects and provides a certain level of insurance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
          What is the certified volume?: 21,332 tons

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 24,600 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed
          "The certification that Kering recommends is from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). An important feature of certification is that it can provide traceability of the raw material. Having confidence in the traceability of Kering’s raw materials and therefore the ability to verify sustainability of the material is critical for Kering. FSC certification is in line with Kering’s commitment to sustainable management and also avoids the most destructive forestry practices: illegal logging, natural forest conversion to other land uses, liquidation of high conservation value forests, civil rights violations, and genetic modification of forest species."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    21/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    13/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/18
    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 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
France
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
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, Stella McCartney, Alaia, Courreges, mont Blanc

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