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Burberry joins RE100 as part of commitment to 100% renewable energy

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Burberry has joined the Climate Group’s RE100 initiative as it reaches 100 members. Burberry is the only global luxury brand to join the RE100 as part of our commitment to procure 100% of energy from renewable resources by 2022. RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for - and delivery of - renewable energy.

Leanne Wood, Chief People, Strategy & Corporate Affairs Officer, Burberry, said “Procuring 100% of our energy from renewable resources by 2022 is a principal goal of Burberry’s five-year Responsibility agenda. We are proud that over half of our offices, stores, warehouses and internal manufacturing sites globally are powered by either on site renewable resources or through renewable tariffs. However, access to renewable resources is still limited in some places. By joining RE100 we aim to drive wider demand for low carbon power and encourage all providers to introduce renewable energy options.”

RE 100 members include 30 global Fortune 500 companies, the group has a total revenue of US$2.5 trillion and operate across a diverse range of sectors, from technology to fashion to automobile manufacturing.  Together, the members create around 146 terawatt-hours in demand for renewable electricity - about as much as it takes to power Poland.

Sam Kimmins, who heads up The Climate Group’s RE100 campaign said: “I'm delighted to welcome Burberry to the RE100 campaign, bringing the total of member companies committed to 100% renewable electricity to 100.  As a leading global brand, Burberry's commitment sends a powerful message to the fashion world that renewable electricity makes sense for both brand and business.”

The Climate Group works internationally with leading business, states and regions to deliver a world of net zero greenhouse gas emissions through collaborative programs with corporate and government partners.

11 July 2017

New Burberry Material Futures Research Group established at Royal College of Art with £3million grant from Burberry Foundation

The Burberry Foundation has awarded £3 million to the Royal College of Art to establish the Burberry Material Futures Research Group – the first of its kind in the world - and to expand the Burberry Design Scholarship Fund.

The new Burberry Material Futures Research Group will be the first explicit ‘STEAM’ research centre1 at a traditional art and design university. The group will apply radical thinking to invent more sustainable materials, transform consumer experience and advance manufacturing for the benefit of industry and the wider community.

This grant from the Burberry Foundation also includes £750,000 to support the existing Burberry Design Scholarship scheme at the RCA which was created in 2011 to nurture and support creative talent. This additional funding from the Burberry Foundation will expand the scheme which is already supported by funds from Burberry Group plc and will see the scholarship support around 30 additional UK/EU students in total.

The grant is also in line with Burberry’s new five-year responsibility agenda which marks a significant step change in the company’s approach to responsibility issues and will focus on three ambitious goals over the next five years:

  • Support 1 million people in the communities that sustain Burberry’s business and the wider luxury industry
  • Ensure 100% of Burberry’s products have at least one element that drives positive change
  • Invent new approaches to revaluing waste created in the production of luxury goods, whilst becoming carbon neutral in its own operations.

Christopher Bailey, a trustee of the Burberry Foundation and Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, Burberry commented: ‘I am thrilled that the Burberry Foundation can support the establishment of the Burberry Material Futures Research Group at the Royal College of Art. This new partnership also reflects Burberry’s heritage as our founder, Thomas Burberry, was himself a material innovator. He invented the breathable, water resistant and hardwearing gabardine fabric in 1879 that is still the cornerstone of our brand today.’

The Burberry Material Futures Research Group will act as a virtual centre until it moves to a permanent home in the RCA’s new building in Battersea, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, scheduled to open in 2020.

1 STEAM denotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

23 June 2017