French luxury group Kering has published new animal welfare standards to ensure and verify the humane treatment of animals across its supply chains.
Kering said its animal welfare standards form part of the group’s policy to open-source its sustainability practices and aim “to drive positive change” in luxury and fashion industry practices.
They cover all species in the group’s supply chains, including python, ostrich and crocodile, and are based on scientific research, legislation, best management practices and guidelines from other sectors. The fashion house worked with scientists, non-governmental organisations, farmers and welfare experts to develop the standards over the last three years.
Kering’s chief sustainability officer, Marie-Claire Daveu, said: “Improving the welfare of animals must be an imperative for our industry, and Kering wants to amplify the focus of attention from a few species to all animals, including livestock, within fashion’s global supply chains.
“We hope for widespread adoption of the standards through collaborating with our suppliers, our peers in luxury, the fashion industry at large, and with the food sector, in these shared supply chains to shift society treats animals and nature.”
The company is piloting the standards with farms across the world and said it will continue to work with farmers to support further implementation.