French luxury goods group Kering has outlined a new partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at the London College of Fashion (LCF) to support sustainable practices and innovation in the fashion industry.

The company, whose brands include Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Puma, said the five year partnership will "play a key role as an incubator for new ways of thinking about sustainable fashion".

It will be made up of three main projects: The Kering talks, where sustainable fashion experts will share new thinking and breakthroughs in best practice, as well as the Kering contest for sustainable fashion, where two third-year BA and MA students will be awarded a monetary grant and an internship placement within Kering brands.  

The third will be the co-development of academic modules for the sustainable design course at the LCF. 

"Our shared vision on the importance of empowering young talent, combined with our industry knowledge, will encourage the next generation of fashion professionals to place sustainability at the heart of their future careers," said Kering chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault. 

"Our collaboration will help make sustainable fashion a business reality."

Professor Frances Corner OBE, head of London College of Fashion, added: "Sustainability in business is no longer an adjunct; it has to be integral to a new way of working. By collaborating with Kering in three key areas, placing people and our environment at the heart of what would do, we can make real progress."