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11/18/2013 | Save the Date

White Ribbon for Women Campaign 2013: the badge will be shared online and in store to raise awareness on violence against women

White Ribbon > White Ribbon Badge VirtuelSince 1991, the White Ribbon is the symbol of a men-led campaign to end Violence Against Women, very active in Canada, Australia, UK etc.

In order to raise awareness of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, Stella McCartney has designed a special White Ribbon for Women badge in partnership with the Kering Foundation. From 22 to 30 November, every customer who purchases a product in one of the 60 flagships of Kering Luxury Brands in Europe, receives this limited edition metal badge. At the same time, from 18 to 30 November, all Internet users can share the badge virtually using Twibbon to spread the word.

Through Twibbon, you can fix the badge on your Twitter or Facebook profile, share a banner and show your support!  Last year,15 million people were reached by the campaign on the web. Since Monday 18, the campaign has been relayed by several celebrities like actress Liv Tyler, Top model Laura Bailey and Chinese top model Liu Wen whose support has led to more than 1,100 likes, 593 shares and 198 comments on chinese social media! 

Go to our Twibbon page and share the White Ribbon For Women badge to help us raise awareness of the International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women!

11/15/2013 | An Eye On…

Kering and the Kering Foundation signed a new charter against domestic violence in Italy

Kering,and the Kering Foundation have signed with the Italian NGO Donne in Rete contro la violenza  (D.i.Re) a Charter to combat domestic violence.

On 14 November 2013, François-Henri Pinault jointly signed a new Charter in Milan with Titti Carrano, Chairwoman of D.i.Re. with the aim of raising the Group’s employees’ knowledge and awareness of domestic violence, the Kering Foundation and D.i.Re will train “ambassador” employees. Ambassadors will be sensitised to the issue of violence against women so they in turn can support potential victims encountered in both their professional and private lives.

The charter is an extension of Kering’s actions to all Italy based brands, following the partnership in France with Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes (FNSF) commenced in 2010. Frida Giannini, creative director at Gucci and member of the Kering Foundation Board of Directors, has played a key role in the lead up to this signature. As part of a pilot project, the Kering Foundation collaborated with Gucci, D.i.Re and FNSF to tailor a training programme.

Several CEO’s from the Group attended the event including Marco Bizzari, CEO Bottega Veneta, Francesco Pesci, CEO Brioni, Andrea Petochi, Managing Director Pomellato and Andrea Rogg Mangaging Director Puma Italy. Also present were over twenty journalists from the Italian press

Speaking at Milan’s Circolo della Stampa, François-Henri Pinault said "My objective is to attack taboos: domestic violence being one of them. One in every seven women in Italy are affected, across all social classes. I am very proud that the Foundation carries the torch for such issues, that are too often overlooked”

To learn more, read the press release (14 november 2013)

11/07/2013 | To Watch, To Read

Activity Report 2009-2013: overview of a 5-year action against violence

CouverturesDocs > activity_report-engOne in three women around the world is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This is the stark fact that adorns the cover of the Kering Foundation Activity Report 2009-2013, which is now available online. It was also the impetus for setting up the Foundation to combat violence against women in 2009.

The report puts into perspective five years of long-term actions with facts and figures related to VAW, and the progress being made on this issue. Across the world, movements are underway to raise awareness, combat violence and change behaviours. Since its inception in 2009 the then-called PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights has been fighting violence against women. Over the years, the Foundation has worked in partnership with 47 NGOs, for the benefit of more than 140,000 women worldwide, 80,000 in the last year alone.

In addition to celebrating some of the Foundation’s long-standing NGO partnerships, the report highlights its support through sustainable projects involving local communities and public authorities. It also includes testimonials from employees, experts, associations and beneficiaries who explain the impact of these projects in their own words.

11/04/2013 | To Watch, To Read

Mapuche Style for the Winter with co-branded beanies by Volcom & Relmu Witral 

As a 2012 winner of the Kering Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurs Awards, Relmu Witral has benefited from a 1-year mentoring from a Volcom employee on marketing and distribution strategies.

The collaboration has led to a co-branded product, a “Give Back Series” of 1,200 Fair Trade certified beanies, produced by the Mapuche weavers. The series will be in store worldwide from 1st November to 1st December (see the list of participating stores).

Learn more about Relmu Witral: Project sheet

Learn more about Volcom: Volcom New Future blog!

10/16/2013 | An Eye On…

Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting: François-Henri Pinault shared Kering and Gucci’s approach in women cause.

On the occasion of the Special Session on Girls and Women at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, introduced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, François-Henri Pinault shared the progressive approach of Kering and Gucci in supporting girls' and women's issues.

Established in 2005 by President Clinton, the CGI is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation which convenes “a community of global leaders to forge solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.” CGI members include some of the world's largest companies, leading NGOs and foundations, government representatives from around the world, and prominent individual philanthropists.

This special session started with two addresses from Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.

Then, Mr. Pinault joined Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund and Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands, for a discussion moderated by Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues.

As the sole representative of the private sector, François-Henri Pinault had the opportunity to talk about the role of Kering in women cause. He shared his conviction that the role of private enterprise is to create wealth and to create a better world socially and ecologically.

And that Kering in particular has a responsibility for women’s equality in the company and in society, to help them achieve this in their professional and personal life. Mr. Pinault explained indeed that women represent almost 60% of Kering employees and a great majority of customers.

Hence, he decided to involve all the Group in supporting women’s issue, starting in 2009 with the Kering Foundation’s creation. The Kering Foundation combats violence against women, an 'unglamorous' issue as Ambassador Verveer said when she praised him for tackling such a difficult issue.

Mr. Pinault related how shocked he was when he heard that one in three women around the world is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. He was proud to say that in five years, 140,000 women benefitted from the Foundation’s support through 47 partnerships with local and international NGOs.

This coherent involvement for the benefit of women is based on two other pillars, which are an ambitious HR policy towards women (from the standpoint of recruitment, including development, family balance, leadership roles, remuneration and gender diversity) and the commitment of the brands along with NGOs and public authorities. Illustrating this point, François-Henri Pinault paid tribute to Gucci, which demonstrated this involvement in a fantastic way with CHIME FOR CHANGE for girls’ and women’s empowerment.

At the end of the session, Gucci and its partner P&G Prestige announced a 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to create an innovative consumer activation that will increase awareness and raise funds for girls’ and women’s empowerment through Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign