Kering Partners With Savory Institute For Regenerative Sourcing Plan

PARIS — Kering and the Savory Institute have joined forces to apply the nonprofit’s “Land to Market” system for sourcing to the fashion industry.
Noting the industry’s part in damaging ecosystems, the luxury giant said the idea is to promote agriculture practices meant to reverse environmental damage. So-called regenerative raw materials are key to building a circular economy for the industry, and their use could be a potential game changer, the company said in a joint statement with the organization.
“Regenerative agriculture is a multibenefit solution which supports Kering’s sustainability ambitions to mitigate our environmental impacts and deliver positive outcomes along our supply chain,” said the group’s chief sustainability officer, Marie-Claire Daveu, who also heads the group’s international institutional affairs.
The company will become a “frontier founder” or partner to the Boulder-based group, and the two will work together to draw up a network of farms to supply raw materials to Kering.
Fashion companies are under increasing pressure to improve their records amidst growing consumer concern about environmental issues. Kering has positioned itself as a trailblazer on such matters in the corporate world, publishing an environmental profit and loss account for the sneaker business Puma as early as 2011, for example.
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Kering Foundation Unveils Campaign Against Cyberbullying

SAFE SPACE: The Kering Foundation is taking a stand against cyberbullying, which affects 73 percent of women worldwide, according to a 2015 UN report named “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls.”
The digital campaign, dubbed #IDontSpeakHater, aims to educate social media users from Generation Z on the psychological harms of online harassment.
It will run from Nov. 16 to 30 on Kering’s official social media channels as well as on the #IDontSpeakHater web site in China, France, Italy, Japan, the U.K., the U.S. and Mexico. The Kering Foundation has also called on a squad of influencers to help relay the message.
Name-calling, harassment, identity theft, hacking, non-consensual pornography a.k.a. revenge porn, stalking, “slut-shaming” and threats are all considered to be acts of cyberbullying, which is seen as an example of gender-based violence.
The U.N. report reveals that women are disproportionately targets of certain forms of cyber violence, such as cyberstalking.
This has a direct impact on their mental health: an Amnesty International poll states that 55 percent of women said they had experienced stress, anxiety or panic attacks after experiencing online abuse or harassment.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe online,” François-Henri Pinault, ceo of Kering and chairman of the Kering Foundation, said in a statement. “We must

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Kering Leads Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for Third Year

PARIS — Kering is maintaining its leadership in the drive to make fashion less harmful for the environment.
The French group, which comprises brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney, has been recognized for the third time by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the industry leader for the textiles, apparel and luxury goods sectors, the company said on Tuesday.
The DJSI are a family of best-in-class benchmarks launched in 1999 and track the stock performance of the world’s leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria.
“To be included again as the ‘industry leader’ in the DJSI annual ranking is an honor and a testament to our long-time commitment and continued efforts to set the highest standards of best practices in luxury,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs at Kering.
“I am particularly proud that this year we received the top score overall in product stewardship, which reflects the strides we have been making on eco-design, material recycling and regeneration, and innovation,” she added.
Kering earlier this year revealed the second phase of its sustainability strategy, to run through 2025. The program includes a plan to reduce the firm’s environmental footprint by 40

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Kering Foundation Taps Zoe Saldana, Jessica Szohr and Other VIPs for PSA About Mutual Consent

KERING TALKS CONSENT: The Kering Foundation has lined up such notables as Zoe Saldana, Jessica Szohr, Josh Hutcherson, Jesse Metcalfe and the Haim sisters (Este, Danielle and Alana) to headline its new PSA that emphasizes the importance of mutual consent. The PSA, which wraps up with the tagline, “If you don’t get it [consent], you don’t get it.” will be released by It’s On Us, a White House-led initiative that the Kering Foundation has partnered with.
Launched last year by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, It’s On Us is an awareness campaign that asks men and women across the country to help end campus sexual assault. As a cosponsor of the PSA and strategic partner of It’s On Us, the Kering Foundation is joining the organization’s grassroots efforts to try to shift the way people think about sexual assault on campuses. Kering, a family-owned, French publicly traded company with a 22-label portfolio including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Puma is committed to preventing violence against women by supporting NGOs and social entrepreneurs who help raise awareness about the problem.

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