Purpose: By responding to scholarly calls, this study examines the environmental reports of LVMH and Kering. The study extends legitimacy theory to ascertain the credibility of the aforementioned luxury conglomerates’ commitment to environmental sustainability.
Approach: A corpus-assisted discourse analysis centred upon the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines is used to examine the environmental disclosures of LVMH and Kering.
Findings: The findings show inconsistencies due to the lack of brand level reporting and reporting quality falls short of comparable sustainability reporting within each conglomerate and with one another. Selective and unbalanced reporting along with symbolic management and undermine the legitimacy of sustainability efforts by LVMH and Kering.
Originality: Despite the increased attention paid to sustainable luxury, few studies critically analyse how luxury brands formally report on sustainability.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management|
|Early online date||23 Feb 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Aug 2021|