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A competitive analysis of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, Steve Rendle, CEO of VF Corp, Francois Pinault, CEO of Kering Group, Charles Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi’s, and John Donahoe, CEO of Nike has been provided below.

Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH

Social Media Channels

Business Events Spoken at or Participated In

Clothes Won When In Public or Featured in News

  • He is mostly seen wearing official suits. The link to some of his photos is here.

Contents Published via a Blog or Vlog

  • The research team did not locate any vlog or blog published by CEO Bernard Arnault. However, there are several blogs and vlogs that have featured him.

Philanthropy

Public Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

  • CEO Bernard Arnault gave up his April and May 2020 salaries due to the coronavirus pandemic's economic impact on his company's business.
  • In March 2020, LVMH's perfumes and cosmetics business produced and distributed hydroalcoholic hand sanitizers across France. The sanitizers were distributed to French health authorities for free.
  • LVMH also purchased 261 respirators from China to help address the shortage in hospitals across France. The company also committed to manufacturing and supplying at least 40 million masks, "paying approximately $5.4 million for the first week’s delivery" across France. LVMH's grocery store, La Grande Epicerie de Paris, also donated 4,000 Easter eggs to French hospital workers.

Public Response to Racism

  • Bernard Arnault has not yet personally responded to racial injustice witnessed in the US. However, LVMH has shown support to the Black Lives Matter movement by sharing useful information on racial justice through its Instagram page.


Steve Rendle, CEO of VF Corp

Social Media Channels

Business Events Spoken at or Participated In

Clothes Won When In Public or Featured in News

  • He is mostly seen wearing business casual in public. The links to some of his photos are here and here.

Content Published via a Blog or Vlog

  • Steve Rendle uses LinkedIn to publish most of his blogs. He publishes his blogs yearly.

Philanthropy

  • Steve Rendle is a founding board member of the Outdoor Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Outdoor Industry Association focused on promoting outdoor activities through research, knowledge, and programs. VF has supported the Outdoor Industry Association through financial donations. On April 29, 2020, the company donated about $55,000 to support the association’s small business members during the coronavirus pandemic.

Public Response to COVID-19 pandemic

  • In April 2020, Mr. Rendle announced that VF Corp would donate $2 million to communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in regions where the company operates. The donations were made via VF Foundation to three organizations: the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund, the CDC Foundation Emergency Response Fund, and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  • "Helping others during times of need is a responsibility we all share, and this is especially true right now as our global community comes together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. With the contribution from The VF Foundation and the community matching campaign with our employees and consumers alike, we hope to do our part in addressing this global public health crisis." Steve Rendle said in a news release.

Public Response to Racism in the US

  • Steve Rendle has likened the racial injustices witnessed across the United States to the coronavirus pandemic. He termed George Floyd’s death as “tragic” and “stomach-churning” in a message sent to all employees on May 30, 2020.
  • In the letter, he wrote, " the virus behind our global shutdown has a formal name: COVID-19. The virus that caused the death of George Floyd and many other people of color also has a formal name. It’s called racism. Racism is not welcome at VF Corporation. It never has been and never will be. And while we as a company can’t create a vaccine to eradicate racism from our planet, we can do our part to lead with purpose, inspire others with our actions, break down racial and ethnic barriers and be part of the solution."
  • He further announced that VF Corp's Inclusion and Diversity team would help its employees discuss and express what they feel, and the Executive Inclusion & Diversity Council would help the company take the right actions that would support all workers.


Charles Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi’s

Social Media Channels

Business Events Spoken at or Participated In

Clothes Won When In Public or Featured in News

  • He is mostly seen wearing business casual in public. Links to some of his photos are here and here.

Content Published Via Blog or Vlog

  • Chip Bergh uses LinkedIn to publish most of his blogs. He publishes his blogs yearly.

Philanthropy

  • Chip Bergh supports the Levi Strauss Foundation, a nonprofit organization sponsored by Levi's to reach out to communities every year through various programs in regions where the company operates.

Public response to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Although the coronavirus pandemic led to the temporary closure of all Levi's stores and corporate offices, Chip Bergh remained optimistic that the company would emerge stronger as it has endured past economic hurdles like the Great Recession and the Great Depression.
  • In a letter addressed to Levi's employees and customers, Chip Bergh urged them to find a silver lining amid the pandemic.

Public Response to Racism in the US

  • In a letter to all employees at Levi's, Charles Chip Bergh condemned the racial injustices that have been witnessed across the United States.
  • He also assured support to initiatives aimed at supporting racial and economic justice in the United States. For instance, the company gave a $100K grant to Live Free, an organization led by Pastor Mike McBride, which is focused on ending gun violence and promoting racial and economic justice. The company also donated a $100K grant to the American Civil Liberties Union to support its role in racial justice and criminal justice reform.


John Donahoe, CEO of Nike

Social Media Channels

Business Events Spoken at or Participated In

Clothes Won When In Public or Featured in News

  • John Donahoe wears both official suits and business casual wear in public. The link to some of his photos is here.

Content Published Via a Blog or Vlog

  • He uses LinkedIn to publish most of his blogs yearly.

Philanthropy

  • John Donahoe supports Nike Foundation, a foundation that was formed and is funded by Nike, Inc. The foundation supports programs focused on the basic need of girls like education, health, and safety.

Public Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

  • CEO John Donahoe and other Nike's executives pledged support to communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Donahoe, Phil Knight, and Mark Parker, together with their wives, donated $10million COVID-19 support to communities where Nike's employees live and work. The donation included $2 million to the Oregon Community Foundation Recovery Fund formed by the Oregon Community Foundation, $1 million to the Oregon Food Bank, and $7 million to Oregon Health & Science University.
  • He also joined the Fanatics' "All In" challenge, a digital fundraiser whose focus is to support some nonprofits organizations across the US during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the challenge, Donahoe committed to giving one lucky Nike fan the chance to tour the company's headquarters as well as the opportunity to design their own sneakers.
  • Nike also produced PPEs and donated Air Zoom Pulse footwear to frontline healthcare workers across Europe and the US during the pandemic.

Public Response to Racism in the US

  • In an internal memo to Nike's employees, CEO John Donahoe condemned all forms of racial injustices witnessed across the US. He also announced the company's support of $40 million to Black communities.
  • "We know Black Lives Matter. We must educate ourselves more deeply on the issues faced by Black communities and understand the enormous suffering and senseless tragedy racial bigotry creates." Donahoe said in a statement.

Francois Pinault, CEO of Kering Group

Social Media Channels

Business Events Spoken at or Participated In

Clothes Won When In Public or Featured in News

  • Francois Pinault wears official suits in public. Some of his photos can be found here and here.

Content Published Via Blog or Vlog

  • The research team did not locate any vlog or blog published by CEO Francois Pinault. However, there are several blogs and vlogs that have featured him.

Philanthropy

  • Francois Pinault is an active philanthropist who has supported several social and ecological initiatives, including sustainable python farming.
  • He is the chairman of the Kering Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Kering Group. The organization is focused on fighting violence against women. Kering Foundation works with local organizations that support women who are victims of violence. It gives support through funding, partnering with Women's Funds, and backing pilot initiatives that support grassroots initiatives.
  • He is also a supervisory board member of ELA, a nonprofit organization that supports leukodystrophy research.
  • Francois Pinault and his son donated $109 million to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire.

Public Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic's economic impact on Kering Group, Francois Pinault agreed to a 25% salary cut from April to December 2020.
  • Kering Group purchased 3 million surgical masks from China, which were donated to the French health sector. Kering Group's Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent workshops manufactured masks.
  • The company also gave financial support to the Pasteur Institute to support its COVID-19 research. On January 28, Kering Group gave a financial donation to Hubei Red Cross Foundation to help curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Public Response to Racism in the US

  • According to CEO Francois Pinault, fighting racism requires "concrete actions because words are not enough."
  • His company gave two undisclosed financial donations to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to help fight racial injustice in the US and Campaign Zero to help end police brutality in the US.


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