“Beauty, creativity and superior quality have always been the guiding principals of the Prada Group. We promote activities connected with arts & culture, and invest in a unique working environment, combining respect for individuals while caring for the places, preserving artisanal skills and supporting our brands’ heritage, so that people can enhance their distinctiveness.”

Carlo Mazzi - Chairman, Prada SpA

Sustainability, a natural inclination


The Prada Group believes that it is part of its corporate social responsibility to be involved in issues such as respect for people, environment, communities and artistic heritage.

These principles, which have always been part of the Group’s activities, find expression in corporate culture, relations with institutions and industry associations, with supply chain partners and in cultural projects supporting the communities in the areas where it is present.

Corporate Social Responsability Report 2016
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Corporate Social Responsability Report 2015
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The Prada Group is a diversified universe of cultures, skills and nationalities that places the human factor at the heart of its activity.

This wide array translates into intellectual dynamism, which is one of the essential elements that contribute to the effectiveness of the understanding of changes in society and in the market.

In all areas, the Group pays close attention to the professional and job satisfaction of its collaborators, giving them the opportunity to express their potential and improve their competences.


The environment is one of the interests of the Prada Group which feels responsible for engaging in and cultivating virtuous behaviours that contributes to the development of the company, respecting the communities and the places it operates in.

The Group is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities, therefore, considerable multiannual investments dedicated to the reduction of land consumption, energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, reduction of waste and responsible use of paper and packaging are made within the development plans of its branches.


Culture represents one of the Prada Group’s mainstays, a genuine vehicle for understanding changes in the society and promoting new growth opportunities.

The most heterogeneous cultural spheres offer incessant sharing and dialogue insights, suggesting activities that return value to the community.

Active promoter of arts that embrace beauty, the Group dedicates special attention and care to the preservation of the areas that host its activities, through art and architecture restoration and enhancements projects.

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One of key success factors of the Prada Group is the integrated management of the whole production, the direct control of the strategic phases - from the creation and development of the product, to orders, supply, main processes and distribution – and the ability to innovate in all stages. 

This approach has allowed the Group to translate avant-garde concepts into innovative exclusive products, to rapidly initiate large industrial productions, distribute products in exclusive locations through a top-level service in order to effectively satisfy customers’ requests and maintaining strict control over quality standards.

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Value Chain

The teams of designers of each brand of the Group are composed of talents boasting qualified professional and training background. Driven by their intellectual curiosity and creative sensitivity, they constantly seek new solutions to be translated into products able to define - and often anticipate – new trends. Experience and dialectics are the essential components of the design content that distinguishes every product which is developed experimenting the use of new materials and manufacturing techniques.

The Groups’ brands operating in the fashion industry present their new collections through fashion shows and events held at show rooms in order to allow merchandisers and buyers from all over the world to know their new products. Sharing the processes that led to the creation of the collections and their interpretation, filtered through the demands of each market, enable costumers to access exclusive and quality content that characterize every product of the Group.

Selecting the right suppliers is fundamental for achieving the highest quality standards. The Group has always relied on the best suppliers of raw materials, , in their own right leaders and reference in their sectors.  In most cases, these are long-term relationships, initiated following a rigorous selection process, whose strict parameters are intended to ensure the highest standards of technical, economic and ethical reliability. 

During the financial year ended January 31, 2017, the Prada Group purchased raw materials from about 500 suppliers, of which 81% were Italian and 10% from the European Union. The Group has been collaborating with 57% of them for over 10 years and with 19% of them for a period between 5 and 10 years.

Raw materials – leather, fabrics and yarns - are an essential component of the quality of the product, thus representing a vital interest for the Group. 100% of hides come with a certificate of origin a data sheet guaranteeing quality and compliance with standards, and certification regarding the parameters stated on the Group's Restricted Substances List (RSL). Furthermore, the Group strictly complies with local and international regulations on on the procurement, importation, use and exportation of raw materials, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The Prada Group wants to set an example and serve as a catalyst for qualitative excellence as well as the promotion of a culture and modus operandi that tend to higher ethical models. In its relationship with suppliers, the Prada Group promotes and supports the respect for human rights and existing international laws concerning child and forced labour, regulations on workers’ health, safety and well being. 

Besides encouraging social sensibility, it promotes knowledge of existing legislation and the adoption of the main environmental, social and quality certification, overseeing their application.

The Group, thus, requires its suppliers to adopt responsible behaviour by undersigning its Code of Ethics, which establishes the mandatory principles on employees’ rights, working conditions, equal opportunities, freedom of association, health insurance and protection of the environment in the procurement of materials and the production activities.

A system of procedures defines the ethical, technical and economic requirements that all the suppliers of the Group shall meet for the beginning and the continuation of a partnership with the Group. Specifically for ethical issues, documentation and certification provided by partners shall guarantee compliance with the law on remuneration, social security, taxation, health and safety, environment, privacy and governance model.

This information is subject to periodic updates and systematic checks by the Prada Group in order to ensure veracity and consistency.

Qualitative excellence, health and safety of customers are the focus of Prada Group’s manufacturing processes. Raw materials and finished products undergo the most stringent quality control conducted by a department comprising 290 technicians with at least 10 years of experience, who regularly visit production sites of suppliers of raw material and independent contractors to evaluate the processes, the manufacturing quality and the general working conditions.

In order to achieve products that meet homogenous qualitative excellence standards, compliant with the various applicable laws in the over 70 countries in which they are distributed and sold, the Group has put in place specific measures, such as the introduction of an Industrial Compliance Committee (since 2010). Its aim is to ensure the operational application of national and international regulations on the nature and proof of origin of raw materials, creation of the finished product, and consumer health and safety.

The Group has also introduced a Restricted Substances List (RSL) aimed to set the limits for chemical substances present in its products, which has been harmonised in 2016 according to the most stringent parameters set out in the “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for articles of clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories” of National Chamber for Italian Fashion (i.e. proactive approach).

The products of the Prada Group are manufactured in the 18 directly owned production sites, and through a wide network of independent contractors which are craft artisan workshops with extensive experience and a strong sense of tradition. Here, accompanied by qualified Group’s technicians, they produce samples and are involved in the production, starting from previously selected raw materials supplied by the Group together with all the technical specifications. 

During the financial year ended January 31, 2017, the Prada Group has collaborated with about 400 manufacturing suppliers, 79% of which are Italian and 10% from the European Union. 38% of the suppliers have been collaborating with the Group for more than 10 years and 25% for 5 to 10 years.

The Group-owned production sites embody the highest expression of the manufacturing tradition of the Prada Group, as they harmonise the ability of preserving artisanal knowhow with cutting-edge industrial processes, geared to achieve and respect the quality and excellence of the production.

The online and offline retail network undergoes incessant research aimed at increasing usability for customers, effectiveness of product display and conveyance of the identity of every collection of the brands.

Furthermore, stores transcend their primary selling function, serving also as an important means of communication and customer assistance. They consistently communicate the image of each brand and allow a continuous dialogue as well as providing services that safeguard the products’ quality and durability over time.

In order to achieve an effective control over a product and a direct relationship with customers, the Prada Group invests in the retail channel and conducts a strict selection of independent retailers based on stringent quality criteria that ensure the compliance with the Group’s reference standards. 

During the fiscal year 2016, the Prada Group has completed 84% of its sales in the 620 directly-operated stores.

Our commitment

    Prada Group’s Code of Ethics, adopted since 2007 and shared with all employees and external partners, establishes the guiding principles of the organisation and is supported by procedures aimed to the transformation of the values of the Group into daily actions.

    Compliance with laws and regulations, privacy protection, the respect for people and human resources, safeguarding the competitiveness and the environment, are the guiding principles included in the document which guarantees market competition and the creation of shared value in the long-term.

    The Group’s role within The National Chamber for Italian Fashion

    The Prada Group actively participates in the initiatives promoted by the National Chamber for Italian fashion, the institution promoting the development the industry in Italy and abroad.

    The Group is a member of the ‘Sustainability, Ecology and Environment Commission’, an ambitious project conceived to create platform of environmental, ethical and qualitative tools and standards shared among the main players of the Italian fashion industry, to be promoted and applied throughout the production process, to the advantage of competitiveness of the entire country system.

    The Group is also a member of the commission that elaborated the “Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for articles of clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories” aimed at introduce new and more stringent parameters for the regulation of chemicals present in the products to improve their safety as well as reducing environmental pollution.

    The Prada Group supports the “Manifesto of sustainability for Italian Fashion.”

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