Ethical Trading Code of Conduct
We require all our supply chain partners, whether they are providing products or services, to agree with our Responsible Business Principles. These include the Burberry Ethical Trading Code of Conduct, Migrant Worker and Homeworker Policy. The Ethical Trading Code of Conduct is underpinned by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organization and the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.
Our Ethical Trading Code of Conduct sets out the standards for Burberry to uphold in relation to our own employees and for our supply chain partners to uphold in relation to their employees. Targets to promote fair and responsible employment practices have been set and integrated into the performance objectives of our sourcing teams as well as at an individual level. Existing as well as potential new suppliers are audited against international labour standards, which is particularly important in places where local labour laws are weak, absent or poorly enforced.
To ensure compliance with our Responsible Business Principles, our ethical trading programme comprises announced and unannounced audits, monitoring and improvement programmes, and covers all finished goods vendors, sub-contractors and key raw material suppliers. Audits consist of a site tour focussing on health and safety, documentation review and worker interviews. A representative sample of workers are selected for interview, including, where relevant, union representatives, first aiders and migrant workers. Audits are repeated periodically to monitor ongoing compliance and continuous improvement. The frequency of audits depends on a factory’s performance, with high performing factories audited less frequently.