Luxury and Sustainability
New purpose for beloved brands
The concept of luxury has evolved, as customer demands have noticeably changed over time. In this context, the concepts of luxury and sustainability are becoming more intertwined than ever before, sharing common dimensions such as an explicit focus on quality, craftsmanship, innovation, and strong brand values.
This Strategy Paper outlines the increasing importance of incorporating sustainability aspects in a brand’s strategy, particularly for luxury brands. The sustainability orientation is thereby measured across four stages, indicating the level of commitment and engagement in sustainable practices. Overall, implementing sustainability in a brand’s strategy requires careful planning for optimal positioning, authenticity, transparency, and independent monitoring.
- In order to respond to growing consumer demand, luxury brands are increasingly incorporating authentic sustainability initiatives into their core values and business practices.
- Despite their apparent contradictions, luxury and sustainability share common dimensions, such as an explicit focus on quality, craftsmanship, innovation, and strong brand values.
- Implementing sustainability in a brand’s strategy requires careful planning for optimal positioning, authenticity, transparency, and independent monitoring.
- Greenwashing poses serious risks to a company’s reputation, customer trust, and legal standing, necessitating proactive sustainability efforts and genuine approaches to sustain the changing demands of the respective industry.
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