THE WHAT? Chanel has announced the appointment of Agathe Derain into the newly created position of Head of Human Rights, Corporate Sustainability, effective 1st September.
THE DETAILS Reporting to Global Chief Sustainability Officer Andrea d’Avack, Derain takes on the role from her previous position as Responsible Sourcing Director in the luxury design house’s fragrance and beauty division.
Derain is well versed in social justice and is also a board member of non-governmental organization Human Resources Without Borders, which aims to improve labor rights standards worldwide.
Chanel said, “This task is at the heart of our sustainability program and reflects our convictions on our role as a leader, and as a responsible company, in having a positive impact on society.”
THE WHY? The new position follows the recent goals set by Chanel that aim to tackle climate change and fall in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Looking to bolster the brand’s commitment to human rights, Chanel said of the role, “The key objectives of this new role will be to reinforce the expertise of the house on human rights, provide insight on emerging issues and identify potential risks in our supply chains worldwide. She will also be in charge of structuring Chanel’s human rights due diligence program in our supply chains around the world.”
Chanel plans to invest $25 million over the next five years into projects that help communities affected by climate change.