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Kering and L’Oréal Sign Charter Against Gender-Based Violence

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Seven chief executive officers, including Kering’s François-Henri Pinault and L’Oréal’s Jean-Paul Agon, joined together on November 9 to sign a commitment charter against gender-based violence.

Entitled One in Three Women, the name refers to the number of women who are victims of physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime. It is also the umbrella term used by a list of companies, helmed by the FACE Foundation and Kering Foundation, whose aim is to fight gender-based violence, to support victims with tools such as training, contacts, and events, and to create a network of stakeholders.

“Ten years ago, we put sustainability with a capital S at the heart of the transformation and at the heart of our mission as a luxury group,” Pinault commented. “In addition to our commitment to the environment, our commitment to the cause of women is the other facet of our corporate responsibility. This global commitment to the environment and social responsibility is not a field for competition. It’s not a field of what I call corporate individualism or even selfishness. It’s a field of collective efforts. It’s about sharing. It’s about corporate generosity.”

L’Oréal, meanwhile, pledged to increase its efforts by undertaking a study on gender-based violence and to encourage others to commit to One in Three Women. “We [have] made a lot of progress in terms of ethics, in terms of human rights, but this is a very fundamental element of ethics and human rights. We have to do it,” Agon said.

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