Supply chain standards and policies underlining a culture of purpose
Gucci relies on a selected network of trusted suppliers, working closely with them to ensure that environmental and social best practices are embedded throughout its supply chain.
Gucci’s supply chain employs thousands of people who work for the House indirectly and help produce its collections. While they are not directly employed by us, they are definitely part of our culture. Many of these companies have supplied Gucci for over two or three generations. Our manufacturing supply chain includes both internal facilities that are owned and directly managed by Gucci and external facilities managed by trusted suppliers. 95% of our manufacturers are based in Italy.
All of our suppliers and sub-contractors are required to comply with our Gucci Sustainability Principles and Code of Ethics. Additionally, suppliers must act in accordance with our statement on Modern Slavery and our manufacturing operations are also monitored pursuant to the SA8000 certification management system.
In particular, our Sustainability Principles are a set of guidelines that include oversight on sustainable sourcing, legal compliance, collective and supplementary agreements, international conventions and declarations on human rights, environmental preservation and respect for animal welfare. Adhering to Gucci’s overarching Sustainability Principles is also included in the contracts we have with our suppliers. These principles are updated periodically in accordance with the requirements of our parent company’s Kering Standards for Raw Materials and Manufacturing Processes.
To ensure continued compliance with our Sustainability Principles and Code of Ethics, Gucci has a robust monitoring system in place and suppliers and subcontractors (including raw material suppliers) are subject to regular audits by specialists from Kering and third-party teams. If any breaches of compliance are identified, corrective action plans are put together following audits. Follow-up audits are then conducted to ensure any non-conformance has been rectified.
To support suppliers in meeting Gucci’s Sustainability Principles, we hold training seminars for each product category every year. These seminars share best practices and information related to our sustainability strategy and the key impacts generated in our supply chain, with the aim to support supplier improvements overall.
Supporting our suppliers is a big priority for us and women’s empowerment across our supply chain is especially important. With this in mind, Gucci joined the study “Supporting Women in the Luxury Supply Chain: A Focus on Italy” to understand the status of women working in the Italian luxury supply chain and to identify opportunities to support gender equality.
Finally, our suppliers must also align with our Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and Product Restricted Substances List (PRSL) to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in the production of our collections. In association with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI), we have developed the Guidelines on Eco-Toxicological Requirements for apparel, leather goods, footwear and accessories.