Emma Watson joins board of fashion giant Kering

The British star, who was born in Paris, is the face of the Good On You app, which rates fashion brands on their ethical and sustainability credentials. Although Kering is seen to have the environmental edge on its rival LVMH, its top labels Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are only rated “Not good enough” or “It’s a start” by Good On You.

Watson “is one of the world’s most popular actors and best-known activists,” Kering said in a statement after on the appointment of the 30-year-old, a high-profile women’s rights advocate as well as a UN goodwill ambassador.

Thiam, 57, resigned from his position at Credit Suisse in February following a scandal involving internal espionage of former executives of the bank, of which he said he had no knowledge.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Thiam has led organisations in both the private and public sectors, and has developed projects and programs that stimulate businesses and economies,” Kering said.

“Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions,” he said.

“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organisation.”