• SUSTAINABILITY
    RAW MATERIALS


    SAINT LAURENT RECOGNIZES THAT INTENSE, CONSISTENT SCRUTINY OF RAW MATERIALS AND THEIR SOURCES IS VITAL TO REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. THE HOUSE IS ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE 100% TRACEABILITY OF KEY RAW MATERIALS AND 100% COMPLIANCE WITH KERING’S STANDARDS FOR RAW MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES BY 2025.

    MONITORING PROGRESS. IN ADDITION TO TRAINING IN-HOUSE TEAMS AND EXTERNAL PARTNERS TO FOLLOW KERING GUIDELINES, SAINT LAURENT APPROACHES EACH COLLECTION WITH THE GOAL OF INCREASING THE SHARE OF PRODUCTS MADE WITH SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIALS. AN ANALYSIS OF EACH COLLECTION IS USED TO TRACK PROGRESS AND TO ENSURE ONGOING IMPROVEMENT, WITH REFERENCE TO LEADING CERTIFICATION SCHEMES FOCUSED ON TOPICS SUCH AS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, RESPONSIBLE SOURCING, AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

    TEXTILES. IN 2020, 60% OF THE COTTON PROCURED BY THE HOUSE WAS GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS) CERTIFIED. BY THE END OF 2021, THE SHARE WILL HAVE REACHED 80%. IN 2020, 40% OF THE SILK AND WOOL SOURCED BY THE HOUSE WAS CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE, EITHER BY GOTS OR BY THE RESPONSIBLE WOOL STANDARD (RWS), AND 50% OF THE VISCOSE USED ORIGINATED IN SUSTAINABLY MANAGED FORESTS, AS CERTIFIED BY THE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC). SYNTHETICS REPRESENT LESS THAN 5% OF ALL TEXTILES USED BY SAINT LAURENT, AND MOST ARE FROM RECYCLED SOURCES, AS CERTIFIED BY THE GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD (GRS).

    HIDES. LEATHER, PRECIOUS SKINS AND FURS ARE SOURCED THROUGH A DEDICATED SYSTEM THAT CAN TRACK HIDES TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, FOLLOWING THEM FROM FARMING TO PROCESSING TO TANNING TO FINISHING. KEY METRICS BASED ON KERING STANDARDS ARE CALCULATED ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND FACTORED INTO SAINT LAURENT VENDOR RATINGS. IN 2020, 32% OF THE HOUSE’S LEATHERGOODS USED HIDES TANNED WITHOUT METALS, WHICH REDUCES WATER AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND AVOIDS WATER POLLUTION AT TANNERY LEVEL.

    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. THE HOUSE IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AND SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. INITIATIVES INCLUDE THE CREATION OF A SUSTAINABILITY IMPACT VALUE PLATFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA THAT INCENTIVIZES PARTNERS THROUGHOUT THE VALUE CHAIN TO IMPLEMENT REGENERATIVE FARMING PRACTICES. THIS PROJECT ALSO USES LASER TECHNOLOGY TO TRACE LAMBSKINS FROM FARMS TO FINISHED GOODS.