Dignity, freedom, equality. Right to work and to education. Protection of vulnerable groups such as women, children, indigenous peoples, refugees and migrants, and LGTBQI+ people. Benetton Group has always believed in a society based on respect for human rights, without any exception.
The Company states this firmly in its social campaigns and does it every day at the workplace – from the initiatives implemented in its offices around the world to supplier selection – for the purpose of ensuring equal treatment and respect for diversity: from skin color to gender, from sexual orientation to political and religious opinions.
Benetton Group and the Covid-19 emergency
Benetton Group has launched a series of initiatives to help its community and adapt its business to the new, unpredictable international context due to the Covid-19 emergency.
Supply chain support measures
We have decided to partially rethink our next Autumn/Winter collection. Consequently, we have cancelled 7 percent of our future orders, first ensuring that the garments had not yet been produced. This reduction is equivalent to 8 percent, in value, of total production in the Far East, Egypt and some EMEA countries (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). All orders – even only partially completed ones – have been paid for and we have not asked our suppliers for discounts, although we have in some cases negotiated postponing payment. To our knowledge, none of the factories in our supply chain have closed due to Covid-19. The relationship between our suppliers and their employees is governed by the Benetton Group Code of Conduct: this is attached to the commercial contract that is approved and signed by suppliers, and is based on respect for human rights and environmental protection.
Attention to worker safety
We have implemented safety measures in favour of workers in the workplace, both abroad and in Italy, in accordance with national and local laws. On the company intranet we immediately created a dedicated page offering suggestions and useful information to our employees for dealing with Covid-19.
Benetton Group benefits from public aid made available to companies in Italy and in the countries where it operates. To mitigate the reduction in wages, managers donated part of their holiday allowance days to workers. As already decided in past years, no dividends will be paid to shareholders.
Collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
We are in contact with the other members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the alliance between the leading brands of the clothing, footwear and textile industries, to share and compare responses to the crisis.
Donation to the Veneto Region
Kết quả xổ số Cà Mau Benetton Group has donated 100,000 disposable medical gowns to the Veneto Region for the protection of health workers employed in the fight against Covid-19. The gowns are made of a material that protects against infectious pathogens. The gown materials were produced in Italy, while the gowns themselves were made in Veneto.