June 6, 2016
The Kering Corporate Foundation, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) partner to develop an employee training program that seeks to combat sexual and domestic violence
Following the successful rollout of similar training partnerships in France, Italy and the UK, the Kering Foundation now extends its program to the US
Employees as advocates
The Kering Foundation, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) have joined forces to raise awareness about violence against women, an issue that touches all societal classes, and enable Kering Group employees to become advocates for its prevention. The partnership was officially launched by Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs; Monika Johnson Hostler, President of NAESV; and Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President of NNEDV in New York on June 6.
Under the partnership, the three organizations have developed a training program for all 1,200 US-based employees of Kering Corporate and the Group’s luxury Maisons. The program provides teams with correct know-how to intervene should they encounter these situations, in either their personal or professional lives. A particular focus is placed on understanding violence against women; recognizing and breaking down stereotypes; creating a supportive work environment for survivors; and discussing available support services. Critical to the program is the local expertise provided by NAESV and NNEDV who, during their combined forty-five years of experience, have primarily worked on advising policymakers and educating the general public.
Regional partners combat global issue
This new partnership marks the continued rollout of the Kering Foundation’s training program across Kering’s key operating regions, with the first US-based training sessions having already taken place. Worldwide, a total of over 500 employees have received training thanks to similar partnerships already established under the Kering Foundation’s “Charter to Combat and Prevent Domestic Violence” training program. The first of such Charters was signed in France in 2010 with the NGO Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes (FNSF), the second in Italy in 2013 with Donne in Rete contro la violenza (D.i.Re); and most recently in the UK in 2015 with Women’s Aid.
Whilst this is the Kering Foundation’s first anti-domestic violence focused partnership in the US, two anti-sexual violence partnerships have been in place since 2015; with We End Violence to run online prevention training programs, and with It’s on Us to address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.
“When one considers that up to 60% of victims in the US lose their job due to reasons stemming from domestic violence each year, we cannot but take action. The workplace can provide an escape and a means of financial independence for those experiencing violence; a support system we hope to further reinforce through the Kering Foundation’s new partnership with NAESV and NNEDV. In providing our Group’s employees with the support they require to support others, I hope we can build on the momentum of positive change taking place worldwide.” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering and President of the Kering Corporate Foundation.
Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President of NNEDV said “Domestic violence is an epidemic that must end. This program is an innovative, effective way to ensure that employees have the tools they need to combat domestic violence. NNEDV applauds the Kering Foundation for taking a stand to end abuse and help us create a world in which violence against women no longer exists.”
Monika Johnson Hostler, President of NAESV said “More companies should follow the bold lead of the Kering Corporation in helping end sexual violence. It is crucial that survivors have all the resources they need to live lives free from violence, and creating a safe work environment is a huge component of this. We look forward to this continued partnership with NNEDV and the Kering Foundation.”
Violence against women in the US
- Every 9 seconds, a woman is sexually assaulted or beaten in the US
- 1 in 3 women in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner
- 24% of cases of sexual violence in the workplace are reported to the police
- 1 in 3 women killed in the workplace are killed by a former or current intimate partner
- US women lose approximately $727 million of their wages each year due to domestic violence reasons, due to the 80 million days of unpaid leave they are forced to take
Press Contacts & More Information
- Marie-Laure Vaganay (NY) marie-laure.vaganay [at] kering [dot] com
- Emer Hallahan (Paris) emer.hallahan [at] kering [at] com
- About Kering: A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’ in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner. Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously PPR) share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).
- About the Kering Foundation: Launched in 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation combats Violence Against Women. To enhance its global impact, the Foundation focuses on one cause in each of the following three regions:⁻ Sexual Violence in the Americas ⁻ Harmful Traditional Practices in Western Europe (France, Italy, United-Kingdom) ⁻ Domestic Violence in Asia The Kering Foundation supports NGOs’ projects, social entrepreneurs and awareness campaigns while involving the Group’s 38,000 employees.
- Monika Johnson Hostler (NC) monika [at] endsexualviolence [dot] org
- About NAESV: The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) is the voice in Washington, DC for state coalitions and local programs working to end sexual violence and support survivors. NAESV was founded when 56 statewide organizations joined with approximately 1,000 local rape crisis centers and prominent national advocates to create NAESV.
- Cindy Southworth (DC) communications [at] nnedv [dot] org
- About NNEDV: The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking no longer exist. As the leading voice for domestic violence victims and their allies, NNEDV members include all 56 of the state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been a premiere national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for over 25 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
June 3, 2016
On June 1st devastation, again, struck this country when Mainak Sarkar murdered a UCLA professor, and police later found that Sarkar had also murdered his partner, Ashley Hasti, in her Minnesota home. Earlier this week, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) President and CEO, Kim Gandy shared, “gun violence and domestic violence are co-conspirators,” and this latest tragedy is no exception.
Tragically, it is not a surprise that this act of violence was linked to domestic violence, yet it’s devastating that these crimes have become so commonplace. Domestic violence is often a precursor to other acts of violence. Thirty-one percent of all mass shooting deaths in 2015 were related to domestic violence incidents.  Oftentimes when you see tragic or deadly violence, the offender is a perpetrator of domestic violence.
“It’s devastating that domestic violence murders are so commonplace that the public hardly blinks; they’ve become white noise,” said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President & CEO. “We know that many of the mass murders are connected to domestic violence, and yet some people still think it’s a ‘private family matter.’ We should all be outraged and demanding change.”
Understanding the role that guns play in domestic violence cases is central to offering protections for victims. More than half of all women killed with guns in America are murdered by their partners . Through our partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, we actively work to put an end to gun violence and came together to turn the country orange with the #WearOrange campaign on June 2nd.
“Three women are murdered every day by their partners, so the fact that these murders occurred the day before National Gun Violence Awareness Day, while certainly tragic, is no surprise,” says Ron LeGrand, NNEDV Vice President of Public Policy. “Our members of Congress must act now to strengthen firearms legislation that protects victims and ensures dangerous people cannot access firearms. Every day delayed results in the loss of more lives and countless injuries!”
NNEDV has a history of staunch advocacy for common sense gun legislation. We have been key advocates for legislation that would reduce perpetrators’ access to firearms including requiring firearm removal at the time temporary orders of protection are granted; expanding the law to prohibit abusive dating partners and non-intimate partner stalkers from possessing firearms; improvements to the criminal background check system, and other legislation that centralizes survivor safety. Additionally, NNEDV urges lawmakers to increase funding for domestic violence programs to ensure that survivors have the resources they need to live lives free from abuse.
It is time to recognize and take action against the violence happening every day in this country. We stand with victims and their families as we strive to create a world free from domestic violence.
June 1, 2016
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is proud to partner with the Wear Orange campaign for the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, 2016. NNEDV joins the more than 300 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations, and a series of iconic landmarks across the country to Wear Orange on June 2.
May 19, 2016
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes today, May 19, as Asian Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Within the API population, the rate of new HIV cases increased 15 percent in three years between 2002 and 2005.  In many Asian communities, discussion of disease and sexuality are considered unacceptable, making safe space to talk about HIV and other STIs few and far between. Societal barriers, such as the interpretation of using condoms as a marker of infidelity, can create obstacles for those trying to build an environment of open communication about safe HIV practices. 
May 17, 2016
May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia day and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins other anti-violence groups in supporting the safety of the LGBTQ community and opposing initiatives and policies that place members of the LGBTQ community in danger.
May 11, 2016
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recently joined crucial conversations about how women and girls of color in the United States are disproportionately impacted by institutional racism. Two events were held on Thursday, April 29 to address the extent of these issues and how to empower women and girls of color.