Sustainability Guidelines and Principles
Gucci prioritizes the well-being of its employees and partners, and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those involved in making its products through the responsible and innovative management of its supply chain.
All of our suppliers and sub-contractors are required to comply with our Gucci Sustainability Principles: a set of guidelines that includes oversight of sustainable sourcing, legal compliance, collective agreements, supplementary agreements, international conventions and declarations in relation to human rights, workers’ rights, preservation of the environment and respect for animal welfare.
Gucci’s suppliers have also to align with the Gucci’s statement on Modern Slavery Act.
We have to work hard to find suppliers who can meet the high standards of craftsmanship that we require.
Beyond demonstrating exceptional skills in craftsmanship, our suppliers and subcontractors (including materials suppliers) must align their operations with Gucci’s Sustainability Principles, covering social aspects (related to human rights, labour rights and health & safety), environmental aspects (related to compliance with legislation, environmental management and hazardous chemical management) and the supply of raw materials and packaging (related to animal welfare and sourcing / traceability requirements).
Adhering to Gucci’s overarching Sustainability Principles is enshrined within the contract we have with our suppliers.
All our manufacturing operations (including those at external sites) are monitored by Gucci pursuant to the SA8000 certification management System, which ensures that business ethics, respect for people, workplace health and safety, workers’ rights and equal opportunity are upheld, in line with the ILO (International Labor Organization) principles.
To ensure continued compliance with these principles, our suppliers and subcontractors (including raw material suppliers) are subject to regular audits by specialist Kering and third-party teams. Robust corrective action plans are put together following audits, wherever breaches of compliance are identified. Follow-up audits are then conducted to ensure any non-conformance has been rectified.
In 2018 alone, 64% of all Gucci suppliers were subject to at least one full audit or a follow-up audit. In total, 1678 audits were carried out across our supply chain. We ended our relationship with 49 suppliers who did not meet our required standards after being issued with and supported through corrective actions.
We have 26 audit pending processes and should the corrective plan we addressed to the suppliers be not successfully met, Gucci will terminate the relationship with such suppliers.
To support suppliers in meeting Gucci’s Sustainability Principles, every year we hold training seminars for each category product in order to share best-practice information relating to our sustainability strategy and key sustainability impacts in our supply chain.