LVMH executives celebrate gender diversity

PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has signed the United Nations standards of conduct for business to tackle discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersexed people.

Established in 2017 by the U.N.’s human rights body, the standards have been adopted by companies including Ikea, Coca-Cola, Gap, Inditex, Best Buy, Google, Unilever, Microsoft and Accenture.

LVMH, which has a stable of high-end labels that includes Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Bulgari and Ruinart, said its executive committee members and chief executive officers were committed to respecting the human rights of LGBTI workers, eliminating discrimination against them and supporting them at work, as well as not discriminating against LGBTI customers, suppliers and distributors, while standing up for their human rights in the communities where they do business.

The group has set a goal of gender parity by 2020 for key positions.

The foundations of LVMH’s anti-discrimination policy date back to 2009, when it established a code of conduct, which was followed by antidiscrimination training for recruiters starting in 2011. The luxury group is preparing a worldwide training program on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership for employees in key positions, to be implemented by the end of the year.

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