Sustainability progress report 2017 - 2020

Sourcing Sustainably

Tracing Materials Through Technology

Here are two examples :

  • We partnered with Albini Group, Supima and Oritain as a first for Luxury and fashion to create a more sustainable business model through 100% traceable organic cotton. Using forensic science and statistical analysis, the naturally-occurring chemical properties of the actual fiber is analyzed, creating a unique chemical fingerprint that links cotton back to the field in which it was grown. Because of this, during every stage of the supply chain, the organic cotton can be verified to ensure the raw material, fabric and final product is consistent with the original fingerprint and has not been substituted, blended or tampered with. That’s not all. We also leveraged this technology for leather. Using calf leather as a pilot, we are verifying that the technology lasts accurately through all the phases of tanning.
  • Some of the Group’ s Houses have also started to incorporate blockchain into their pursuit of 100% traceability. Blockchain is a cutting edge technology that can be used to store and transmit information or transactions. It is a global digital database shared among multiple users that can, at any time, using a cryptographic system, verify the validity of information, add data and record a transaction. This can play a significant role in guaranteeing transparency at every step of the supply chain all the way upstream to where raw materials are sourced and essentially create a “digital fingerprint” for a product.