×
39 544
Fashion Jobs
CENTRIC BRANDS
District Manager - Orange County, California
Permanent · San Diego
ESTÉE LAUDER
Retail Beauty Sales Manager - Estee Lauder - Indianapolis, in
Permanent · Indianapolis
ESTÉE LAUDER
Retail Beauty Sales Manager Estee Lauder And Clinique - Fort Wayne, in
Permanent · Indianapolis
ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES
Manager, Indirect Procurement - HR Services
Permanent · New York
ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES
Corporate Account Executive
Permanent · Miami
JO MALONE LONDON
Retail Fragrance Sales Manager - jo Malone London - (The Grove) - Los Angeles, ca
Permanent · Los Angeles
CLINIQUE
Retail Beauty Sales Manager - Clinique - Birmingham, al
Permanent · Birmingham
LA MER
Retail Beauty Sales Manager - la Mer - (Polaris) - Columbus, oh
Permanent · Columbus
GAP
Senior Manager, CRM
Permanent · New York
GAP
Marketing Manager, Promotions - Gap Factory Online
Permanent · San Francisco
GAP
General Manager - Livingston
Permanent · Livingston
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Divisional Vice President, Omni Inventory & Shortage Control
Permanent · New York
HUDSONS BAY
Gift Registry Consultant
Permanent · Edmonton
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Cosmetic Business Manager - Armani
Permanent · Toronto
NEW BALANCE
Entertainment Marketing Manager
Permanent · Boston
NEW BALANCE
Vice President Global Lifestyle
Permanent · Boston
DVF STUDIO, LLC
Production Manager
Permanent · New York
MACY'S
Macy’s Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream, ny: Sales Supervisor
Permanent · Valley Stream
MACY'S
Marketing Manager - Wedding Registry
Permanent · New York
MACY'S
Macy’s Cross County Mall, Yonkers, ny: Sales Supervisor
Permanent · Yonkers
MACY'S
Supply Chain - Secaucus, nj - Operations Manager
Permanent · Secaucus
MACY'S
Macy’s Manhasset, Long Island, ny: Sales Supervisor
Permanent · Manhasset

Gucci invests over $10 million in diversity

Translated by
Robin Driver
Published
today Mar 21, 2019
Reading time
access_time 3 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

As issues of diversity and representation continue to make headlines in the world of fashion, Gucci has made a statement on the matter by reinforcing its commitment to corporate social responsibility through the creation of the "Gucci Changemakers" programme. The ambitious objective of this initiative is to create "lasting social impact in our communities and within the fashion industry," the Italian luxury label explained through its social media channels, announcing an investment of $10 million in the project. 


A Gucci campaign image for Spring/Summer 2018 - Ignasi Monreal pour Gucci


Kering's flagship brand was at the centre of a social media maelstrom last month, as it received accusations of racism for selling a black jumper, the collar of which could be turned up to cover the bottom half of the wearer's face, revealing a mouth slit which was bordered with a thick red line evoking the exaggerated lips of blackface performers. 

Gucci immediately apologised and announced that it had pulled the sweater from stores. "We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond," said the house in an official statement published at the time.

This episode seems to have pushed the label to accelerate its activities focused on social development and diversity. Its newly announced strategy is structured around four initiatives: the recruitment of a global director for diversity and inclusion; an international programme of multicultural scholarships in the design sector, which will culminate with the hiring of five promising talents from diverse backgrounds at the brand's creative studio in Rome; a training programme designed to heighten the cultural awareness of the company's 18,000 employees; and an internal exchange programme, resulting in the transfer of three regional directors to Gucci's main HQ. 

The company has also decided to expand and make public its "Gucci Changemakers" project, which began as an internal initiative last year and was presented to the employee's of the brand's Milanese headquarters in January. The project aims to "encourage diversity and inclusion" with lasting effect. 

"I believe in dialogue, building bridges and taking quick action. This is why we started working immediately on the long-term infrastructure at Gucci to address our shortcomings," said Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri in a press release. "And now through our Changemakers program, we will invest important resources to unify and strengthen our communities across North America, with a focus on programs that will impact youth and the African-American community."

One of the Changemakers initiatives is a volunteering programme which allows Gucci employees around the world to use four paid days to volunteer, with activities ranging from helping refugees or the homeless to environmental protection, as well as teaching and promoting equality. 

The house also set up a $5 million Changemakers Fund, which will finance initiatives benefiting local communities in a number of cities throughout North America. Another $5 million will be allocated to a parallel fund dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region next year. 

A further $1.5 million will also go towards financing scholarships for 70 fashion students in North America, who will be selected by a specially created committee, the Changemakers Council, made up of some fifteen American personalities. 

The programme will be supported by designer Alessandro Michele, who has worked ceaselessly to promote diversity since he took on the role of creative director at Gucci, a mission attested to by his often gender-neutral style and his choice of muses – from transgender actress and model Hari Nef, to 82-year-old British actress Vanessa Redgrave. 

Copyright © 2019 FashionNetwork.com All rights reserved.