"Without the efforts and the mobilisation of everyone, this violence will never stop".
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman of the Kering Foundation
Violence against women is a universal curse that affects all cultures and all populations. One out of three women in the world is beaten, coerced into force or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In France, one out of ten women is a victim of domestic violence. I am appalled by the code of silence that affects violence against women: this is often a cause that is ignored. It does not receive the attention and response it deserves. I believe Kering has a key role to play, along with associations and public authorities, in combatting this type of violence. As the CEO of a global Group, with a majority of women among its employees and customers, I want to involve our teams and partners in this issue. Through its support for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social entrepreneurs, and its initiatives to raise awareness, the Foundation has already taken action to reach over 140,000 women.
As it reaches the end of its first five-year mandate, the Foundation strengthens its actions around a renewed programme and a new motto: "Stop Violence. Improve Women’s Lives". Since 2009, Kering has evolved to become a global Group in the luxury and sport & lifestyle apparel and accessories sector. We have decided to align the Foundation's positioning with the Group's new identity, to strengthen its coherence and efficiency. These actions of solidarity towards women are all part of a general Group ambition with regards to human resources policy: we must set the example for diversity and gender equality.
During these past five years, significant progress has been made in fighting violence against women. However, there is still much more to accomplish. Let’s keep up the good work so that tomorrow women all over the globe can live safely and securely – in a world that is more respectful of their rights.
1 in 3 women
is victim to violence in her lifetime
1 out 5 young women
is a victim of sexual assault during her university studies in the US.
25 to 30%
of Chinese women are victims of domestic violence during their lifetime
Launched in 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation combats Violence Against Women.To enhance its social impact, the Foundation focuses on one cause in each of the following three regions:
The Foundation structures its action around 3 key pillars:
The Kering Foundation gives priority to a limited number of long-term partnerships, built jointly with NGOs and social entrepreneurs and sourced proactively. The Foundation ensures fair distribution of its support among geographical areas and causes each year.
To reach a greater impact, the Foundation favors an approach based on consultation or co-construction with its partners. It supports a limited number of programmes mostly with local organizations for a minimum of 3 years, and promotes active collaboration with these organizations as well as with other funders who share the same goals and can magnify its impact to the benefit of women.
In line with Kering’s corporate values of entrepreneurship - boldness and adventure - three social entrepreneurs are selected every two years based on the economic viability and social value of their projects to support women. In addition to a monetary grant of €15,000, winners of the Social Entrepreneurs Awards also receive personal and business mentoring from a Kering employee.
The Kering Foundation has joined forces with local associations to raise awareness of an issue that affects all societal classes, and enable Kering Group employees to become advocates for its prevention. 4 Charters for the prevention and combat against domestic violence were signed with local partner associations: Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes (FNSF) in France in 2010, Donne in Rete contro la violenza (D.i.Re) in Italy in 2013, Women’s Aid in the United-Kingdom in 2015 and NAESV and NNEDV in the US in 2016.
The White Ribbon For Women campaign was created in 2012 for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th of November. Each year, the campaign grew bigger and raised awareness of a larger audience. In 2016, 1.1 billion social networks users were reached and 230,000 around the world and White Ribbon badges and stickers were dispatched in more than 800 of the Group's stores.
The Kering Foundation is structured around three complementary governance bodies: a Board of Directors, a permanent management team and a steering committee for each of its three key regions of operation (Americas, Western Europe and Asia).
This method of operation and governance ensures transparent management of the funds allocated by the Foundation.
Under the chairmanship of François-Henri Pinault, the Kering Foundation board meets at least once a year to assess its strategic direction and ensure proper governance. The board of directors is formed of three colleges: a Founding Members college, a Personnel Representative college and a college of Qualified Personalities.
Biographies of all members appear below.
A graduate of France’s HEC business school, François-Henri Pinault joined the Pinault Group in 1987, where he held positions in several of the Group’s operating businesses before also joining the executive board. In 2000, he became deputy CEO of Kering, responsible for the group’s digital strategy. Mr Pinault became chairman of the Artemis Group in 2003 and chairman and CEO of Kering in 2005. As well as holding several other board positions, he chairs the Kering Corporate Foundation, which combats violence against women. Since taking over as chairman and CEO, Mr Pinault has continued to build and transform Kering into a world leader in luxury and sport & lifestyle apparel and accessories. He takes a personal and professional interest in sustainability and the development of e-business.
Head of Kering Americas
Laurent Claquin is the Head of Kering Americas, the parent company of 22 leading global luxury and sport & lifestyle brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Stella McCartney, Puma and Volcom. Claquin has been with Kering, formerly known as PPR, since 2004 when he joined as an advisor to Francois-Henri Pinault at Artemis. Before rising to Head of Kering Americas, Claquin initiated and developed the Corporate Social Responsibility programme at Kering. Prior to that, Claquin was Kering’s Senior Vice President of Communication. Claquin began his career in 1994 as a consultant at Coopers & Lybrand. In 1997, Claquin pursued his passion for the arts by working at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris. Additionally, Claquin was the Deputy Communications Director at the Pompidou Center. Since 2002, Claquin served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the French Minister of Culture and Communication and then Technical Advisor to the Minister since 2004. Claquin is a graduate of the ESC Rennes School of Business and currently resides in New York City.
Chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, Kering
In 2012, Maire-Claire was appointed as Kering’s chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs, as well as member of the company’s executive committee. She is responsible for the continued development of Kering’s sustainability strategy and the implementation of the Group’s institutional affairs on a global scale. She joined the company from the public sector where she served as principal private secretary to French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, within the Ministry of Ecology and other areas from 2007 to 2012. Prior to this post, Marie-Claire was technical adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and principal private secretary to Serge Lepeltier (Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development), before joining Sanofi-Aventis Group in 2005 as head of sustainable development. She is a graduate of the French National Institute of Agronomy Paris-Grignon, the “École Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts” (National School of Rural Water and Forestry Engineering). She also earned a "Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées" (Diploma of Specialised Higher Studies) in public administration from Dauphine University, Paris.
Brand's founder and creative director
Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995. Her signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection and after only two collections, in 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris and enjoyed great success during her tenure. Stella McCartney then launched her own fashion house under her name in a partnership with Kering luxury division, showing her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids and a long-term partnership with adidas was introduced in September 2004. For the Olympic Summer Games in 2012, Stella McCartney was appointed Team GB’s Creative Director by adidas - the first time in the history of the games that a leading fashion designer has designed the apparel for a country’s team across all competitions for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident through-out all her collections and is part of the brand’s ethos to being a responsible, honest, and modern company.
Human Resources Director, Kering, Member of the Kering Executive Committee
Béatrice Lazat has been appointed Kering’s Human Resources Director on March 2016. A French national, Béatrice Lazat started her career in the luxury sector in France at Cartier, and moved to Christofle. She then joined L’Oréal and built an international career for over 20 years, working successively in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and China. More recently, she worked in Shanghai as L’Oréal’s Human Resources Director for the Asia-Pacific region. Aged 54, she is a graduate of the ESCP business school and holds an MBA from Georgia State University.
Valérie Duport Senior vice-president communications and image, Kering
As senior vice-president of communications and image since May 2016, Valerie Duport is responsible for developing and implementing Kering’s communications strategy and promoting its image. She is also responsible for overseeing and assisting Kering’s brands with the design and execution of their own respective communications strategies. Ms Duport began her career in 1988 at Chanel in Paris, in press services for the Fragrance and Cosmetics division. In 1994, she joined the press service for Chanel’s Watches and Jewellery division, which she headed in 1997. In 2008, she was appointed international director of press services and external relations at Chanel. A French national, she earned a Diplôme d'études appliquées (diploma of applied studies) in contemporary history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
After working in the communication field, as part of RSCG Agency, Claude Chirac became the Communications Manager for Jacques Chirac’s Presidential campaign in 1995, and then Communication and Press Opinion adviser to the Presidency of the French Republic from 1995 to 2007. She joined Kering (ex-PPR) in 2008 as Group Senior Vice President Communications.
Writer, human rights activist and founder of the Desert Flower Foundation
Waris Dirie was born in the Somali Desert into a nomad family. She underwent female genital mutilation at the age of five and was 13 when she fled from a forced marriage. After an adventurous escape she managed to reach London. British Photographer Terence Donovan discovered her and she became one of the first “Supermodels”. In 1997 Waris Dirie decided to open to the media about Female Genital Mutilation and spoke about her own fate. She became the leading campaigner against FGM. In 2002 she created the Desert Flower Foundation to campaign worldwide against this brutal practice. Waris Dirie published six Bestsellers, between 1997 and 2014 and received many prestigious prizes and awards. She has become a symbol of hope and justice for millions of women.
American actress, director and producer, member of the V-Day Association's Board of Directors
Actress, director and producer Salma Hayek was born and grew up in Mexico, but has worked in the United States since the 1990s. Her interpretation of the role of Frida Kahlo in the work by Julie Taymor, dealing with the story of the famous Mexican artist, lead to an Oscar Nomination for the Best Actress in 2003. Since 2002 she has been working with the V-day Association. After acting in Monologues du Vagin by Eve Ensler, she joined the Board of Directors. Salma Hayek has since 2004 been the spokesperson for the Avon brand of cosmetics. She is particularly involved in the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence programme.
Special Adviser to the President of Artemis
After a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Masters in Economics at Université Paris II Assas, Nazanine Ravaï joined the Figaro staff as a journalist in 1987 before being appointed to major reporting duties in 1997. In 2000, she went to Financière Pinault as a special adviser to the President. Nazanine Ravaï has written two books: Bernard Arnault or the taste for Luxury with Nadège Forestier published by Plon in 1991, and The Republic of Vanities published by Grasset in 1997.
Advocate for women's rights and gender equality in China
Ms. Yuan Feng has been an advocator for women’s rights and gender equality in China since the mid-1980s. After studying at Fudan University (Shanghai) and Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), she became a journalist with the People’s Daily and China Women’s News from 1986 to 2006. Ms. Feng is co-founder, founding coordinator, or a board member of organisations such as Gender and Development Network in China, Anti Domestic Violence Network/Beijing Fanbao, Women’s Network Against Aids/China, Centre for Women’s Studies at Shantou University (Guangdong province). She is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for BRIDGE in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK.
Director of Wing’s Share Company Limited
Mimi Tang has more than 40 years of experience in retail industry, of which over 35 years in luxury retail. Mimi started her career at age 17, working as a buying assistant and merchandiser for DFS Galleria in Hong Kong. In 1985 she joined luxury retailer Joyce and oversaw the retailer’s Asia-Pacific merchandising and operations for more than a decade. In 1996, Mimi was named Executive Vice President of HPL-21 Limited, a licensing and franchising company that oversaw the retail infrastructure for Donna Karan, DKNY and Armani Exchange in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. She joined Kering in 1998 as the company’s Managing Director for China and Hong Kong. Through the years, Mimi has expanded her responsibility from managing a single brand in one country, to managing multiple brands in 14 countries. As the President of Kering Asia Pacific, she supported the strategic development of the luxury brands and has played an integral role in guiding Kering’s development and expansion in the profitable Asian markets. In 2014, she launched her own company Wing’s Share Company Limited
Assistant financial controlling, Kering
Nacéra Bouvier holds a BTS degree as Executive Secretary. She joined Kering (formerly PPR) in 2001 at the real estate department. She has served as personal assistant to the Group’s Financial Controller since 2007 and has been a member of the Kering Works Council for the past 5 years.
Claire Lacaze joined Kering in 2000, as the executive assistant to the Director of Financial Communications. Today, Claire is the Event Production Manager in the Communications Department. She is responsible for organizing internal, as well as corporate events for Kering.
The management team run the Foundation's day-to-day activities, working closely with non-profit organisations and with Kering brands and companies. Each year the management team presents to the board of directors: the Foundation project, a proposed implementation strategy, communication policy and budget. The management team identifies potential partners and works with them to develop projects aimed at combatting violence against women. It assesses and monitors the projects and engages employees on solidarity initiatives to benefit its partners.
The management team includes four permanent staff members:
For each of the three geographic regions covered, a Steering Committee will be established. The purpose of this committee is to support the operational implementation of projects of initial duration equal to or greater than three years promoted by NGO and Social Entrepreneur partners.
The Steering Committee meets at least three times during the lifetime of the project.
For each geographic region, the Steering Committee includes the following profiles:
Since 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation is dedicated to combatting violence against women.
The Kering Foundation worked alongside Women's Aid in the UK by signing a charter to fight against and prevent domestic violence in order to raise awareness among the Group employees.
At its meeting on 17 June, the Board appointed Yuan Feng as Foundation director and expert for the Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation structured employees' commitment through a partnership with Kering's Human Resources Department and the creation of an International Volunteering Programme for employees.
The Board also appointed Nacéra Bouvier as staff representative Kering S.A.
PPR changed its name and became Kering. The PPR Foundation became the Kering Corporate Foundation.
The Foundation also reinforced its mission with a renewed programme and a new signature “Stop violence. Improve Women’s lives”. Action refocused on three geographic areas and one cause was prioritised in each: sexual violence in the Americas, harmful traditional practices in Western Europe and domestic violence in Asia.
This same year, Kering, the Kering Foundation and its partner Donne in Rete contro la violenza (D.i.Re) signed a charter to fight against and prevent domestic violence in Italy.
First mandate of the PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights.
PPR, the Foundation and its partner Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes signed a charter to fight against and prevent domestic violence in France.
47 NGO partnerships have been signed and 147,000 women benefited from this 5 years action plan combatting violence against women and supporting the empowerment of women and their community around the world.
The Sustainability department defined seven strategic priorities for the Group. Priority No.7 specifies “implementing solidarity programmes related to the companies’ business activity."
The Kering Group (formerly known as PPR) created the association SolidarCité, mobilising employees to volunteer for solidarity projects.
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