Sustainability progress report 2017 - 2020

Key Initiatives

Up-Skilling & Empowering Women For Opportunities


Implement a sponsorship program for training and coaching women managers and roll out mentoring programs in all countries.

Empowering women is a priority at Kering and aligned with our 2025 sustainability strategy we have set up a number of initiatives to do so.

Here are some of the programs we’ve created:

  • We’ve been encouraging female talent for many years now. For some background: in 2013, we launched a pilot session of inter-brand and inter-business mentoring in France for talented women. Its based on a yearly mentor-mentee program to build on interpersonal relationships so that experienced female managers would share her expertise with more junior female managers in order to foster professional and personal development. This program is now part of the Group’s catalogue of talent development offerings and has been rolled out internationally. Its also supported by the Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong, Kering Asia-Pacific launched in 2016. Then in 2018, 21 talented women from the Group’s various Houses in Hong Kong, China and South Korea enjoyed a year’s individual support from the Group leaders. For the third year, Kering also partnered with the EVE program, sending 15 employees from various Group Houses and countries to two seminars in Europe and Asia. Founded in 2010 by Danone, this management program focuses on targeting individuals who “enlighten” leadership and its goal is to nurture strong and inspired individuals to enable them to bring about corporate change.
  • We have also been busy developing women’s skills through specific programs, such as mentoring sessions, to help talented women gain access to senior management positions.