Purpose and Values
Diversity, an essential element of social sustainability, is a fundamental value for the Prada Group. The appreciation of everyone’s unique qualities is our foundation for creating an inclusive work environment that allows people to reach their full potential. Today, in an increasingly integrated and globalised society, one of our primary objectives is to understand and support everyone at Prada Group as they work to achieve their goals and aspirations.
Our global presence is made up of a multitude of cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities, with employees from over 104 different countries.
Our focus on equal opportunities is also reflected in our Compensation & Benefits system.
In October 2020, the Prada Group announced the appointment of Malika Savell as Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Prada North America. Malika is responsible for developing policies, strategies, and programmes to help ensure that diverse perspectives and experiences are represented at all levels of Prada. With her extensive experience leading diversity initiatives at global luxury companies, Malika works closely with the Group’s global leadership to strengthen an inclusive culture and ensure equitable advancement opportunities for our employees. She also works closely with Prada Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and the Group’s creative and design teams to keep everyone informed of global movements and issues around race, culture, and politics.
“For over a century, Prada’s visionary work has shaped the course of the fashion industry and continues to connect individuals and creatives worldwide through a shared appreciation of innovation, style, and quality. I’m honoured to be part of a strong leadership team that is committed to our mission to increase representation and enhance our company’s culture to ensure that the Prada Group continues to champion diversity as a global industry leader”.
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Prada Group, The Americas
In February 2019, the Prada Group established its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, a group of leading minds in art, fashion, cultural institutions, academia, and activism, chaired by artist, social innovator, and Founder of Rebuild Foundation Theaster Gates and award-winning writer, director, and producer Ava DuVernay, who held the role until April 1st, 2022.
Other Council members include Fashion Institute of Technology President Joyce F. Brown, Humanitarian and Chief of Strategic Partnerships at UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, Mariarosa Cutillo, and Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, Sarah Lewis.
Prada’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, as a consultative, fully independent body, cultivates key initiatives and promotes cultural discussions while elevating people of colour within the company, the fashion industry and beyond.
“We are extremely proud of these programmes, which reflect Prada Group’s commitment to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent and to creating an inclusive culture. These initiatives mark real progress, and we look forward to building on this momentum to create more opportunities that increase diversity and representation both within Prada and in the fashion industry today and in the future”.
Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Marketing Director & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility