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Gucci
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 36

Sustainability summary

Gucci has achieved the D-label. Brand owner Kering has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Kering SA
Head office: Florence, Italy
Sector: Luxury brands
Categories : Male, Female, Kids, Baby
Free Tags: Kering, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress, Shoes, Boots

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Gucci sustainability score report

Last edited: 11 June 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 11 June 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Gucci implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as energy efficiency measures in its stores. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Kering (brand owner of Gucci) decreased its climate footprint (Scope 1-3) from 159,812 tons of CO2 in 2015 to 142,997 tons of CO2 in 2016. This represents a reduction of around 10,6% (see link, page 97). Source
3. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Kering communicates that 27,7% of electricity purchased / generated in 2015 originated from renewable sources. However, its specific share for Gucci (partly generates renewables onsite) is not specified clear enough, as well as sources, types and additionality of supply (see link, page 99). Source
4. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Kering has set a target to reduce 50% of its greenhouse gas emissions of own operations (Scope 1, 2 & 3) by 2025, but does not specify the base year (see link, page 61, 85 & 95). Source
6. Does the brand (company) have a policy and reports on tangible results to reduce / compensate carbon emissions generated from the production chain (Scope 3)? Kering implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, and reports on greenhouse gas emissions which were caused in its production chain that is beyond own operations (see link, "Climate Change 2016 Response”). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 16
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 5% of its volume? Gucci implements several measures, such as regenerating cashmere, or reusing crocodile skin cuttings as well as plastics. But, neither brand owner Kering nor Gucci communicate concrete results on the overall share of environmentally preferred raw materials processed (see link, pages 19, 42 & 56, as well as link at next question, pages 104-108). Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas? According to Kering's Leather Guidelines cattle may only be sourced directly or indirectly from farms or groups fully committed to an immediate moratorium on deforestation and that have not engaged in deforestation in the Amazon biome since July 2006. But, its current status is not specified (see link, "Forest 2016 Response”). Source
8. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning? Kering communicates that Gucci extended the use of a metal-free tanning process to leather goods in its cruise collection and some of its footwear products. But, Kering is not clear about the overall impact of this policy concerning Gucci products. Also, the share of LWG-certified tanneries is not specified (see link, page 105). Source
9. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the garments? Kering has pledged to ensure that all hazardous chemicals will be phased out and eliminated from the production by 2020 (see link, page 60). Source
10. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least one suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? Kering does not report whether at least 1 out of 11 suspect chemical groups, such as Heavy Metals or Chlorophenols can be considered as fully phased-out in the entire production chain of Gucci products (see link, page 63-66). Source
11. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Per fluorinated chemicals from its entire garment production? See remark for environmental policy question 10. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%? According to the latest consolidated figures as of end of 2015, 99.8% of Kering group's products are PVC-free. Source
13. Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes? Kering does not openly communicate a concrete policy to reduce solvent based chemicals in their shoe production, respectively does not specify results realized for its brand Gucci. Source
14. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? Gucci and Kering implement measures to minimize the environmental impact of its consumer packaging, such as using recycled and / or certified paper materials for its packaging material. Also, Kering reports a packaging materials footprint of 18,214 tonnes in 2016 (+6% compared to 2015 however) (see link, page 110). Source
15. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Kering implements several measures related to its waste production, such as recycling or re-using raw materials. Also, Kering reports a waste materials footprint of 14,680 tonnes in 2016 (see link, pages 111-112). Source
16. Does the brand (company) encourage the return or re-use of garments? Gucci offers its customers the opportunity to make use of its repair service. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? In Kering's Code of Ethics all these standards are mentioned, with reference to the respective ILO Conventions (see link, page 8-9, as well as link at next question, page 5-7). Source
2. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1. to have a formally registered employment relationship 2. to have a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary and paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage? 1. Yes, legally binding employment relationships; 2. Yes, maximum working week is 48 hours and a maximum of 12 overtime, unless clearly defined exceptional circumstances are met; 3. Yes, commitment to implement payment of living wages (see link, page 5-7). Source
3. Does this Code of Conduct include the right for workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, the right to facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining? This right is mentioned, with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions. (see link, page 6). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Kering requires all its suppliers to take appropriate measures for the effective application of the principles of its Code of Ethics (see link, page 3). Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Kering does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source
6. Is the brand (company) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, or does the brand (company) purchase its supplies from accredited factories with improved labor conditions? Gucci is involved in the SAI Consultative Committee since 2009. In 2013 Gucci's own businesses received SA 8000 certification for all their businesses. However, neither Kering nor Gucci communicate membership at MSI's such as ETI or FLA or purchasing from accredited suppliers too (see link, page 119, and at next question, pages 117-119). Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? See remark for labor conditions policy question 6. Source
8. Is there a policy for the brand (company) for capacity building at the apparel manufacturers for improved labour practices? Kering implements measures to improve labour practices at its apparel manufacturers. However, concrete results, such as wages increased or working hours decreased, are not reported (see link, page 120-126). Source
9. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is at least 90% of the brands production volume from apparel manufacturers monitored for labour conditions? Kering communicates that in 2016 1,822 supplier audits were conducted. But, it remains unclear whether at least 90% of Gucci's production volume can be considered monitored. Also, Kering does not comprehensively specify results of its implemented measures to improve labor conditions at Gucci's supplying factories (see link, page 120-126). Source
10. Is at least 25% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
11. Is at least 50% of the production volume from apparel manufacturers approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FWF, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 9. Source
12. Does the brand (company) implement a policy to establish the payment of living wages at its apparel manufacturers? Are at least first living wage payments realised? Kering does not provide concrete information about policy measures to establish the payment of living wages at its direct suppliers. Source
13. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy for the leather, yarn and fabric production phases, including a reasonable overview of the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy in relation to the total production volume? Kering does not report on clear results of its labour conditions policy for the fabric manufacturing phases (see link, page 120-126). Source
14. Are at least 50% of the brand's leather, yarn and fabric production phases approved as socially compliant by independent third parties, such as FLO-Cert, GOTS or SA8000? See remark for labor conditions policy question 13. Source