Finally, when it comes to this specific perfume Hortus Sanitatis that goes for $370, I found nothing except the packaging to be for sure sustainable. Everything else I have read so far has been so vaguely worded that I wouldn’t feel comfortable condemning it sustainable for you guys. On the other hand, I can recognise Gucci’s effort to bring awareness to the issue of sustainability within the fashion industry by funding documentaries like “Home”, starting the “Gucci Changemakers” program, and employing 55% women managers.
Again, I have no idea. The website doesn’t show a list, their sustainability reports don’t even mention in depth processes for perfume making. Kering Corp.’s 484 page long sustainability report mentions ‘perfumes’ once. In my opinion this causes not only a transparency issue, but also a potential health hazard. HOWEVER, there is a section in Kering’s Standards for Raw Materials and Manufacturing Processes that addresses the control of chemicals used. They list different organisations for different regions of production (Europe, China, California, Korea) to control the chemicals used to be in accordance with the Kering Product Restricted Substances List. Kering’s PRSL is not available to the public but at least there is one. Furthermore, all of their paper used for packaging has been certified by the FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council), meaning that all of their paper and cardboard packaging has been sourced from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
I have searched high and low to find out a little bit on the production processes behind Gucci perfumes and have found absolutely nothing. There is no information on where are their factories or how they transport their products. The only thing that is made known is that they are carbon neutral since 2018. Whenever they talk about their supply chain they utilise a kind of political language; that sounds promising but really says nothing. Every document that I’ve read so far I felt was written for investors and stakeholders specifically.
Gucci promises in their “Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Policy” available through their Equilibrium website that they reject all forms of child labour, forced labour and discrimination. Okay. Sounds good. Or does it really? Going through their website and their sustainability reports I have not found one location of their perfume factories or their packaging factories. The only thing I kept reading was; “Gucci is committed to…” a dozen of things but yet can’t seem to present any of them to the consumer. I really felt like in this case their PR team took ownership of their Sustainability Mission because the presentation looked splendid but there was no substance to their words.