Following the recent unintentional balaclava jumper incident, Gucci announces the first four initiatives in a long-term plan of actions designed to further embed cultural diversity and awareness in the company.
GLOBAL AND REGIONAL DIRECTORS FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Gucci is working to not only hire talented and diverse candidates but also create positions within the company whose sole responsibility will be to ensure the company reaches these standards. Gucci is now initiating a search for the newly created role of Global Director for Diversity and Inclusion, based at Gucci America in New York. He or she will be responsible for developing and executing Gucci’s diversity and inclusion strategy to ensure the vision is effectively deployed globally. This role will also focus on recruitment practices, ongoing development of Gucci Education Programs, and aligning the Gucci Changemakers worldwide volunteering initiative supporting local communities in which the brand operates. Directors for Diversity and Inclusion will also be appointed in each region of the world reporting to the Global Director.
MULTI-CULTURAL DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Gucci is launching a Multi-Cultural Design Scholarship Program cultivating new talent. In partnership with fashion schools around the world, this 12-month fast track program will aim to amplify opportunities for underrepresented groups of talents leading to full time employment to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace on an ongoing basis. The schools of focus will be in the following cities: New York (Harlem), Nairobi, New Delhi, Beijing, Hangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Beirut, London and Dubai.
Meanwhile, Gucci will immediately hire five new designers from around the world to fill positions within the Rome design office in order to increase the diversity of perspective with immediate effect. Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele will be personally involved in the selection process.
“My entire life has been dedicated to fight to grant myself and any other the possibility to be different and to freely express themselves. I look forward to welcoming new perspectives to my team and together working even harder for Gucci to represent a voice for inclusivity.”
Alessandro Michele, Gucci Creative Director
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY AWARENESS PROGRAM
Gucci is creating a new global learning program with the objective to increase awareness of unconscious cultural bias and create a more inclusive workplace. This program will be launched by the beginning of May for all 18,000 global employees and complete by the end of June, with an initial focus on Italy and the United States and will be taught in one full day session with required follow-up by all participants on an annual basis. The company will also be introducing a specific diversity and inclusivity module within its new employee induction program developed in conjunction with regional experts.
GLOBAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Gucci will launch an internal Global Exchange Program to promote a multicultural and diverse workplace by providing internal mobility for talents to come from the regions to work at the headquarter offices in Italy. Selected participants in the program will have the opportunity to grow their skills and experience, always paired with a mentor to ensure seamless integration.