"Research and education play a crucial role in changing the practices and models of the fashion industry. At Kering, these are key pillars of our sustainability strategy because we believe that it’s our duty, as a luxury group, to address the generations that will craft tomorrow’s fashion.” Marie-Claire Daveu - Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs
So, we’re focusing on partnering with universities and academia to ensure that the next generation comes well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future.
We’ve had a 5-year partnership with London College of Fashion (LCF). This has been extended until 2023.
Kering and LCF launched the world’s first open-access digital course in Luxury fashion and sustainability. Entitled “Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World”, the MOOC aims to strengthen sustainability education in the Luxury and fashion realms in order to promote the wider adoption of more sustainable practices. So far, more than 33,500 learners from 151 countries have participated.
In October 2019
We also translated our MOOC into Mandarin and launched it at the Shanghai Expo using a leading online platform in collaboration with Tsinghua University and LCF.
As part of the platform’s rollout, Kering and LCF teamed up with the British Fashion Council (BFC) to reinforce the wider adoption of sustainable practices by industry professionals and future talents alike.
We also launched the "IFM - Kering Sustainability Chair" with The Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). The Chair will focus their scientific research on a wide range of topics related to sustainability, from traceability to measurement as well as eco-responsible business models. Aspects of creative ecology will also be studied in order to identify ways in which creative teams can develop ecological fashion and propose new sustainable creative offerings that are highly attractive, while developing tools for measuring and appropriating environmental and social issues.