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We look at the world around us in a holistic way and believe that it is our duty to be sustainable, responsible and accountable in everything we do. What we stand for and how we act towards one another and our planet is at the very core of who we are.

Our second annual Gucci Equilibrium Impact Report highlights the initiatives we’ve created and the progress we’ve made to generate positive change for people and our planet in 2021. All of us at Gucci have been playing an integral role each and every day, demonstrating the principles we uphold and the actions we pursue to treat our world and each other better, for our collective future.

ABOUT US

Innovative, progressive, and influential, at Gucci we are creating a wholly modern approach to fashion.

Under the leadership of President and CEO, Marco Bizzarri, and the vision of Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, we have redefined luxury for the 21st century, further reinforcing our position as one of the world’s most desirable fashion houses. Eclectic, contemporary, romantic–Gucci collections represent the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and are unsurpassed for their quality and attention to detail.

We are part of the Kering Group. Gucci is part of the global luxury group Kering, which manages the development of a series of renowned Maisons in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches.

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Key Numbers in 2021

  • €9,731M in revenue

  • 501 directly operated stores

  • 20,911 employees

  • Over 20,000 people work for Gucci, indirectly throughout our supply chain

OUR JOURNEY

  • We were the first luxury brand to obtain SA 8000 (Social Accountability) certification combining criteria such as business ethics, respect for people, workplace health and safety, and equal opportunity. We’re also a member of SAI’s Advisory Committee.

  • We’ve been measuring and monitoring the global environmental impacts associated with our direct operations every year, focusing on energy, water, paper consumption and waste production. In the last three years, we’ve decreased the average consumption of energy per employee by 10%.

  • We were awarded our first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate for sustainable buildings in 2009. Today we have over 60 certified retail and corporate buildings around the world.

  • We launched our sustainable mobility initiatives. As of 2021, around 50% of our company cars were electric or hybrid vehicles. Additionally, all delivery from online purchases is carbon neutral.

  • We received the ISO14001 (Environmental Management System) certification, and we started using our Environmental Profit & Loss accounting to measure our impact on the environment. We extended the annual measurement of our footprint to incorporate the entire supply chain, analysing greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, water and air pollution, waste production and land use.

  • We began experimenting with innovative materials, such as using a compostable bio-plastic in our footwear. Since then, we became the first luxury brand, in 2016, to use ECONYL© recycled nylon in ready-to-wear, and, in 2021, we presented our new animal-free and eco-friendly material DEMETRA.

  • Together with co-founders Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, we launched CHIME FOR CHANGE to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality. As of 2021, we’ve raised more than $19 million USD for 457 non-profit projects worldwide, directly serving more than 630,000 girls and women and reaching more than 3 million family and community members.

  • We began developing our first metal and chrome-free leather products, which we launched in 2015. Using this alternative metal and chrome-free tanning process reduces the environmental footprint when compared to traditional methods. We’ve scaled up metal-free leather from 0.2% to 40% of our total leather production as of 2021, with a goal to achieve 100% metal or chrome-free tanning by 2025.

  • We launched our 10-year sustainability strategy, Culture of Purpose. We committed to ambitious targets, including reducing our total footprint by -40% and greenhouse gas emissions by -50% while also achieving gender parity by 2025. In 2020, we surpassed our overall target four years ahead of time reaching a -44% reduction and, in 2021, we reduced it by -49%.

  • We’ve been working towards ensuring 100% of our raw materials can be traced through our entire supply chain by 2025. We achieved 95% overall traceability in 2021 with 99% traceability for plant-based and animal-based materials.

  • We stopped using fur starting from our 2018 Spring/Summer collection. At the same time, we decided to stop using angora. Since early 2018 we have not used any fur from animals whatsoever.

  • We’ve been carbon neutral across our supply chain since 2018, translating all our remaining greenhouse gas emissions every year into nature conservation. We protect craftsmanship skills for the next generation and launched Gucci École de l’Amour to pass on the skills that are critical for our artisanal craft and production methods.

  • To empower our employees to make a difference in their local communities, we launched our Gucci Changemakers volunteering programme. It allows every Gucci employee to dedicate up to four paid days of leave a year to volunteer with NGOs. In the same year, we also launched the Gucci Changemakers North American Impact Fund and Scholarship Programme in the United States. Furthermore, with the ambition of defining the overall vision and priorities for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we established a Global Equity Board, responsible for informing our company culture and employee experience. We also held the first-ever ISO 20121 certified fashion show in 2019, extending and achieving certification for all events and advertising campaigns from 2020.

  • We launched the Gucci Off The Grid collection: our vision of circularity, promoting the regeneration of materials and textiles. Our Gucci Off The Grid product range now includes more than 70 products from shoes to accessories and luggage. We also debuted our new packaging in 2020, created with strategic design choices to have a reduced impact on nature.

  • We joined UN Women’s Generation Equality Action Coalitions as the private sector lead of the Feminist Movements & Leadership Action Coalition, a 5-year commitment designed to accelerate actions and global commitments toward gender equality by 2026. As a lead partner of the Women’s Forum Italy, we signed “The Women’s Forum CEO Champions Commitments” consisting of ten workable recommendations that empower our pledge of achieving gender equality towards a Zero Gender Gap. We also launched Gucci’s Natural Climate Solutions Portfolio to protect and restore critical forests and mangroves, while also investing in regenerative agriculture. Furthermore, we received the “Welcome. Working for Refugee Integration” award by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for the 3rd year in a row.

PEOPLE & HEAD


2021 HIGHLIGHTS

Together, we’re focused on the critical aspects that affect our employees, our industry and our communities.

Promoting Inclusivity, Equity and Gender Parity

  • Increased employee diversity in corporate and retail, with 58% female members in management roles and 42% female members in senior management roles

  • Promoted an inclusive workplace by providing unconscious bias trainings to over 6,000 employees and an additional 6,000 employees completing the digital training path on DE&I

  • Created greater opportunities for Disabled people in our workplace and established partnerships with organizations specialized in cultivating underrepresented talent

Achieving Gender Pay Equity for Equivalent Positions by 2025

  • Began analysing global gender pay parity in over 45 countries

  • Signed the “Women’s Forum CEO Champions Commitments”at the Women’s Forum G20 in Milan

  • Started developing our first Gender Gap report with an initial focus on our workforce in Italy to better enable us to identify opportunities and implement actions to promote an inclusive culture

Driving Positive Change in Our Communities and Supply Chain

  • Under Gucci Changemakers Global Volunteering, 1,700 employees volunteered over 9,800 hours, supporting more than 140 NGOs in 88 cities around the world

  • Supported over 25 organizations globally directly impacting 62,526 women and girls through our global campaign for gender equality CHIME FOR CHANGE

  • Contributed to UNICEF’s equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccines with over 200,000 vaccines kits in some of the most vulnerable global communities on behalf of the Gucci Community

  • Joined the UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum as the private sector lead on the Feminist Movements & Leadership Action Coalition to accelerate equality, leadership and opportunities for women and girls worldwide

  • Set up the first-ever green financing programme in Italy with Intesa Sanpaolo bank as an expansion of our ‘Sviluppo Filiere’ programme to support our suppliers in their transition to sustainable and inclusive practices

Protecting Our Heritage and Supporting theContinuation of Craftsmanship Traditions

  • Gucci École de l’Amour, our centre of industrial craftsmanship and innovation, provided technical training to 461 employees in 2021 via the ArtLab and Factories Academy totalling 650 since its establishment in 2018

We protect biodiversity and embrace nature-positive strategies for the future while seriously reducing our footprint across our direct operations and our supply chain.

Developing Eco-Friendly Sourcing Solutions, Innovating Materials and Processes with a Circular Approach

  • Pioneered DEMETRA, an innovative animal-free material that combines quality, softness and durability with an eco-friendly ethos, and incorporating it across our collections including Gucci Off The Grid which now includes more than 70 products from shoes to accessories and luggage

  • Increased traceability for our raw materials reaching 95% traceability overall, with 99% traceability for our plant-based and animal-based materials

  • Recovered 193 tons of leftover scraps and textiles, 64 tons of metal scraps and donated 9,000 meters of fabric to NGOs in Italy through Gucci-Up

  • Reduced our leather manufacturing footprint with Gucci Scrap-less, with 13 tanneries participating in the programme and reducing 253 tons of leather scraps, saving 9,500 litres of water, avoiding 15,730 kg of waste production, and avoiding 1,085 tons of CO2

Tackling Climate Change by Reducing Our Overall Footprint

  • Reduced our total footprint by -49% and our greenhouse gas emissions by -46% since 2015 relative to growth

  • Attained 100% green energy in 44 of the 49 countries we are located in for our stores, corporate locations and factories, equalling 93% renewable energy word-wide towards our 100% target by the end of 2022

  • Maintained carbon neutrality across Scopes 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol since 2018

Moving to a Nature-Positive Approach

  • Evolved our strategy with Gucci’s Natural Climate Solutions Portfolio to go beyond carbon neutrality towards a nature-positive approach

  • Helped protect and restore XX hectares of critical forests and biodiversity in Zimbabwe

  • Supported a tree-planting programme covering just over 6,000 hectares in Kenya that helps encourage local farmers to improve their farms by planting and maintaining trees on degraded and/or unused land

Championing Regenerative Agriculture

  • Committed to sourcing materials from regenerative agriculture and put in place mechanisms to set up projects across wool, leather, cotton, silk and linen

  • Helped farmers transition to regenerative farming by funding regenerative projects for wool and leather covering 3,075 hectares, allowing for the capture of approximately 25,000 tons of CO2 over five years

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Looking Ahead to the Future

We don’t just take a stand on the critical issues facing our world today, we take action with a view to the future. We’re committed to moving away from the old, traditional systems in fashion and working across our entire ecosystem; drawing on our diverse strengths and talents to drive change for the better. And, while we focus on minimizing our negative impacts, we are also maximizing positive impacts on people and the planet. Our distinctive way of creating positive change is rooted in our values, our culture and our creativity. We’re constantly exploring and innovating for the future.

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