Structured in three tiers (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and focussing primarily on the welfare of animals, the Kering Animal Welfare Standards are applied alongside the French luxury conglomerate’s Standards for Raw Materials and Manufacturing Processes, which mainly concern leather. Kering is committed to embedding sustainability across business activities and have undertaken a leadership role to encourage innovative and sustainable supply chains in the luxury and fashion industry. A fundamental aspect in doing so is the promotion of responsible, sustainable and regenerative production systems for all of the Group’s raw materials”, said Kering, adding that it is developing an extensive audit and verification programme which will include third party auditors to review the standards and its requirements.
For cattle and calves, Kering said that there are existing programmes and certifications that meet its requirements, such as RSPCA Assured and Certified Humaine, however, additional information on environmental management, biodiversity, conservation and social welfare and human health and safety aspects would be required to meet the Kering Standards for Raw Materials and Manufacturing Processes. For the latter, the minimum requirements for leather include ensuring that the raw material does not come from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome, provides information on origin of the hides and full traceability, and use best efforts to source from a “Kering preferred country”. Among its Recommended Certifications for Traceability, Kering cites the Leather Working Group (LWG), the Brazilian Leather Certificate of Sustainability (CSCB) and the Italian Institute of Quality Certification for the leather sector (ICEC).
Earlier this year, the French luxury conglomerate was ranked as the second most sustainable company in the world by the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index.