Global luxury brand Chanel has hired Emily Rose to drive its sustainability ambitions in Asia Pacific.
Rose joins Chanel from brewing company Budweiser, where she spent more than two years, latterly as associate director, head of ESG [environmental, social and governance] for Asia Pacific.
She takes on the role of senior sustainability manager, indirect procurement, for Chanel Asia Pacific, and will be based in Hong Kong.
Her role will involve integrating sustainability into Chanel’s procurement processes, working with internal teams to implement decarbonisation strategies, developing supplier assessment programmes and creating sustainability policies and standards.
She joins a company that has pledged to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by half by 2030, cut its Scope 3 emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, and use only renewable energy in its operations by 2025 – a target that observers have noted will be hard to meet in fossil fuel-dependent Asia.
The company famous for its Number 5 perfume reportedly missed a target for renewables procurement last year, having raised funds through a sustainability-linked bond that was dependent on meeting a series of climate targets, including clean energy procurement.
Chanel highlighted South Korea as one country where it is difficult to procure enough renewable energy to power its operations, but has said it is confident it will meet its global 2025 renewables-only target, either by direct procurement or buying renewable energy certificates.
Over her career, Rose has worked in sustainability roles for Hong Kong-based conglomerate New World Development, real estate management firm Link REIT and consultancy Environmental Resources Management.
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