Rethinking how we produce products and the materials we use, requires confidence. It also needs a step-change in both mindset and approach. We do everything we can to build the framework that will make such step-changes possible.
We constantly imagine and re-imagine what it means to make a meaningful impact.
For our employees we create maximum opportunities in volunteering for NGOs that share Gucci’s values. We believe that volunteering offers experiences that are uniquely fulfilling.
We have challenged ourselves to look ahead and ask how we can ensure that sustainability becomes more efficient and more effective.
To do this, we collaborate with incubator funds and accelerator programmes to support innovation in sustainable materials and processes.
Our partners include H-Farm, Singularity University, Fashion for Good and Plug and Play.
Together we work to stimulate disruptive innovation, identifying innovative start-ups and supporting them in scaling-up their technologies and new business models.
We also work with MIL (Material Innovation Lab), founded by Kering in 2013.
We create the right climate to give our people the chance to think innovatively, gathering their ideas through internal initiatives such as the Leadership & Innovation Program.
During 2017 Gucci supported a number of new developments, including:
– A solvent-free coating process with bio-based plastic for textile fabrics.
– An innovative leather preservation process.
– An innovative process to enhance the recycling of leather scraps.
– A blockchain system for enhancing the traceability of information.
Gucci is a pioneer and an innovator, and we love to transfer this positive disruption across everything we do. Since April 2018 when we opened the Gucci ArtLab, in Casellina on the outskirts of Florence our spirit has been evident in bricks-and-mortar! You cannot miss it, the exterior walls feature young art talents who have worked with us, including Unskilled Worker, Ignasi Monreal, Angelica Hicks and Coco Capitan.
Inside, is testament to our relentless push towards a better, smarter future. Standing at over 37.000 square meters with over 800 employees, Gucci ArtLab is the tangible expression of our vital and forward looking culture. This is a futuristic centre of both industrial craftsmanship and experimentation. Gucci ArtLab is the centre of product development and laboratory testing where will prototype and sample for leather goods and shoe production.
Led by a Culture of Purpose, we are thoughtful about where we should and can use our time to great effect. The benefits of volunteering to charities and NGOs and to us as individuals are well known.
Our Gucci mission is one of delivering meaningful change so we are looking at long-term ways of creating deep, meaningful authentic partnerships with a variety of charities and NGOs across the world.
We are working on an innovative programme that will allow every Gucci employee to dedicate one per cent of their working time to volunteering in order that they can have a positive impact on local communities.
We will provide updates here as this programme evolves.