Accessibility and inclusion remain Gucci's top priorities

Accessibility and inclusion remain Gucci’s top priorities

In spite of Gucci’s recent media coverage, notable strides are being made toward accessibility and inclusivity.

Gucci gained a steadfast commitment to accessibility and disability inclusion under previous creative director Alessandro Michele and chief Marco Bizzari, which resulted in remarkable advancements across all organisational levels – from corporate headquarters to store interactions.

Awarded by the Disability Equality Index as “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion in the US,” its commitments were underscored.

In a time when new technologies are revolutionizing retail, Gucci announced it would expand its partnership with Aira, a smartphone-based visual interpreting service for blind and low-vision patrons. Through this initiative, the brand affirms its commitment to fostering inclusivity and accessibility for employees and customers alike. Aira will now be offered in 22 additional locations across North American cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Houston, Toronto, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Atlanta, following a successful launch in Miami Bal Harbour and Beverly Hills stores.

Fostering disability inclusion

In order to improve prospects for people with disabilities in the workplace, Gucci has implemented a systematic transformation. With a perfect score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index, a benchmark tool developed by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the company demonstrates its preeminence in accessibility and disability inclusion.

Gucci’s Global Equity Board, whose members include notable figures like Sinéad Burke and Bethann Hardison, sets ambitious goals aligned with Kering’s broader commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order to make these goals actionable, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee translates them into policies.

The foundation the company has built is at risk as it undergoes a radical transition under new management.

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