Assessing our Environmental Impact
Behind the scenes an incredible amount of work has taken place to make the EP&L a reality. Fashion involves an epic story from the harvesting of raw materials, to the processing of products and shipping them to store. Every stage has a footprint attached to it.
To enable the EP&L every part of this process has been mapped and accounted for. This includes carbon emissions, water use, water pollution, land usage, air pollution and waste production.
To get a complete picture of this work, visit the EP&L site
This might raise the question: why on earth would we do this? Well firstly it gives us huge insight and allows us to make really good decisions in the future, based on evidence.
We can make sure that everyone along the chain that contributes to making a Gucci product is also contributing to our ambitious group goals. We have established an ambitious target to reduce our EP&L footprint by 40% relative to business growth by 2025.
Secondly, EP&L has changed the conversation. The EP&L shows that becoming a more sustainable business creates positive value for our people and our planet.
It shows that pursuing values actually creates financial value. This is great, not just for the planet but for society and business itself.
A decade ago, we began to measure and monitor the environmental performance of our offices, stores and warehouses across the world, on an annual basis.
Over ten years we have increased the scope of our monitoring and improved performance.
The Built Environment
Gucci Equilibrium brings us together online, but we hope you’ll visit us in person too at one of our 500 plus stores across the world.
Our values and commitments can also be found in the very bricks and mortar of our stores. As well as the great outdoors, we are passionate about the built environment too.
When it comes to the art and science of building and maintain low-impact spaces, The Green Book, another Gucci introduction, is our building bible.
It sets out our rules to create and maintain efficient, low-impact spaces. We focus on energy and water use, how to minimise waste, air quality management and carbon footprinting.
Naturally, we’re ambitious here too. We now have recycling programmes in place at 200 stores and are busy retroffing LED lighting.
A number of our buildings are currently going through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
LEED certification provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings, and it is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
Gucci was the first luxury brand to have achieved LEED certification in 2009. Today, two of our corporate sites (Milan and Shanghai) and seven stores (among China, Hong Kong and USA) are LEED certified.
In the next years we have planned to extend the certification to 10 more stores in the USA and to corporate sites.
At Gucci we pay particular attention to emissions. Co2 emissions are obviously of concern and we monitor these diligently so that we can set real targets for reduction. But we’re also concerned with the ultrafine particulates that cause local air pollution and impact our health.
We are steadily increasing the number of hybrid vehicles in our fleet – up from 19 in 2015 to 52 in 2017, and don’t worry, we will carry on switching!