Our people are one of our greatest assets and we know that their passion and commitment will make the difference in achieving our sustainability goals. We support them throughout their work journeys by providing a safe working environment and ensuring the best opportunities, culture and support. 

Our ambitions 

Providing an inclusive culture with the best opportunities in a supportive environment.

  • Ensure that all employees have access to professional development opportunities by 2025.
  • Use global data to build our understanding and ability to achieve gender balance in key roles by 2030.

“We acted quickly to give our people the training they needed to adapt to these new circumstances.”

Marcie Whitlock Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources

ACHIEVING GENDER BALANCE IN KEY ROLES

In 2020, we began working with an external advisor to build a global strategy to help us achieve our 2030 goal.

CREATION OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES

We have created a set of guiding principles to help our regional leadership teams create bespoke Diversity & Inclusion plans best suited to each market.

Engagement and Development

We want our people to thrive and know that helping them to grow will help drive our future growth. We provide meaningful development opportunities, reward and recognize performance, and ensure a safe working environment, while promoting and supporting employee health and well-being. 

  • In 2019, we began the roll out of a new web based platform, Ask Athena, which automates and standardizes some of our HR functions, enhancing the employee experience.
  • To date, we have shipped over 1M masks from our suppliers in Asia to our people in Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to a culture that is as diverse and vibrant as the world we travel, welcoming people from all walks of life and ensuring everyone can access opportunities in order to reach their potential.

  • A key principle at Samsonite is our Golden Rule: to treat others as you would like to be treated. This influences everything we do – inspiring our relationships across the organization, reminding us that differences should be embraced and respected. This guiding principle, along with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, empowers each of us to bring our authentic selves and unique differences to work every day. Living this vision enables both Samsonite and each of us to achieve great success.
  • Our workforce is over 50% female worldwide and our aim is to achieve gender balance in key roles by 2030. In 2020, we began working with external advisors to build a global strategy to help us achieve this aim.
  • In July 2020, Gregory announced its long-awaited size inclusive backpack collection, available in US stores from Spring 2021.
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LOOKING AFTER THE WIDER COMMUNITY

At Samsonite, we are committed to making a difference on social issues and to giving back to our local communities. Whether it is by supporting charities, or donating our time or products, we know our philanthropic efforts can make a meaningful difference.

Decisions about the most effective ways to contribute to our communities are made and implemented locally. However, wherever in the world we operate, we share a desire to do three things:

PROTECT EARTH’S BEAUTIFUL PLACES; PROMOTE WELLBEING; AND EMPOWER VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.

Protecting Earth’s beautiful places

We strive to protect earth’s beautiful places through reforestation and conservation projects. To date, we estimate that the projects we support globally have planted more than 760,000 trees. These projects have great potential to protect endangered species, prevent the degradation of ecosystems, and increase the ability of forests and planted areas to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. They also enhance quality of life for people living in or near these landscapes, as well as providing valuable habitats for wildlife.

Promoting wellbeing

We choose to support a range of organizations that work to prevent and treat physical and mental health issues. 

Empowering vulnerable communities

We seek to empower vulnerable communities by supporting programs that help individuals, families and communities around the world to thrive.

OUR REPORTS AND POLICIES

We have published an Environmental, Social and Governance Report since 2016 and continue to share the progress against our 2030 goals on an annual basis. 

You will also find our statement on Modern Slavery in this section.

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