Diversity and inclusion are at the centre of Gucci’s creative vision
Underlying Gucci’s creative vision is a desire to empower all people to live a life of self-expression and freedom that reinvents the norms, fosters innovation and fuels imagination. Diversity in all its forms drives this vision, beginning with our own corporate culture. We champion inclusivity, diversity and equality, so that everyone in our global community can be their authentic, unique and diverse selves. We believe that our combined differences are at the very core of our value.
To guide us, we have a long-term diversity and inclusion strategy in place that touches every part of our business worldwide. We actively promote a culture of fairness and respect, while working to impact systemic change more broadly in the fashion industry, and beyond. We take our responsibility to uphold these principles very seriously and we encourage our employees to become Changemakers in their own lives too.
Under the guidance and vision of our President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri, and our Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, we mapped a new journey of diversity and inclusion at the beginning of 2019 that genuinely recognises the inherent value of our employees and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those engaged in making our beautiful products, as well as supporting underrepresented communities in our hiring policy, and in our activities overall.
“I really believe, especially in our industry, that creativity is a consequence of diversity. And the more you are exposed to diversity, the more you are creative, because you see things from different angles.”
To lead its global strategy and oversee all the activities related to creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace and increasing the diversity in its workforce, Gucci appointed a Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in July 2019.
A number of progressive programmes have been advancing Gucci’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality, including:
Diversity and Inclusion
United Nations Global LGBTI Standards
Gucci is a signatory of the United Nations Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business initiative the UN’s new standards for companies to protect the rights of LGBTI individuals. These include eliminating workplace discrimination, making sure business operations do not contribute to discrimination against customers, suppliers or members of the public, and working with business partners to address discriminatory practices up and down the supply chain.
Gucci Changemakers is a global programme to support industry change and to foster unity through community action with the support of the Gucci Changemakers Council, including members Antoine Phillips, Bethann Hardison, Brandice Daniel, Brittany Packnett, Cleo Wade, Dapper Dan, Dawinder S. Sidhu, DeRay McKesson, Eric Avila, César E. Chávez, Ivy McGregor, June Ambrose, Kimberly Blackwell, Michaela Angela Davis, Naomi Campbell, Renée E. Tirado, Robert Carter, Sara Kozlowski, Will.i.am, Yaseen Eldik, Yasmeen Hassan, and Yvette Noel-Schure.
A key initiative under Gucci Changemakers is its five-year Gucci North America Changemakers Impact Fund – an annual $1 million USD grant fund to support community organizations creating social impact across diverse communities in 12 cities in North America focused on arts and culture; social justice and equity; and education. The initiative is strengthened by Gucci’s multi-year $1.5 million Scholarship Program that is dedicated to providing opportunities for talented young people of diverse backgrounds to gain access to careers in the fashion industry. As a further example of its mission, through Gucci’s North America Changemakers Impact Fund, Gucci donated to The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Campaign Zero and Know Your Rights Camp to support their critical work to advance justice and eliminate discrimination in the Black community.
The Design Fellowship Program
Gucci’s Design Fellowship Program partners with 10 fashion schools around the world aiming to provide opportunities for underrepresented groups to gain professional experience and exposure to luxury fashion design.
In 2019, 63% of our worldwide employed colleagues, 57% of our managers and 60% of our retail managers were women. We regularly monitor our performance with regard to the goal of gender parity.
Gender Pay Gap
Gucci has also started analysing the issue of a gender pay gap in several countries. We submitted a report including all information related to the UK gender pay gap, as requested by the UK Government. The detailed report is available here. In compliance with French law, we are also communicating that the 2019 Gender Parity Index result for France is 68/100.
CHIME FOR CHANGE
As a long-standing movement dedicated to gender equality launched in 2013, Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founders, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, are joined by Advisory Council members Hasfat Abiola, Muna Abusulayman, Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Sarah Chadwick, Tanya Compas, Scarlett Curtis, Minh Dang, Juliet De Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Sage Dolan Sandrino, Hugh Evans, Emma France, Leymah Gbowee, Yasmeen Hassan, Huang Hung, Arianna Huffington, Katja Iversen, Latanya Mapp Frett, Madonna, Alyse Nelson, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, François-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Caryl Stern and Cleo Wade.
Alongside various initiatives, CHIME FOR CHANGE joined forces with the Kering Foundation to announce the #StandWithWomen campaign to increase funding to NGOs supporting women and girls around the world, with a focus on addressing gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic
Gucci and UNICEF
Gucci is a founding member of UNICEF’s Girls’ Empowerment Initiative, which focuses on innovative solutions to advance measurable progress in girls’ rights and well-being across thematic programme areas, such as health, education, social protection, water and sanitation.