This International Women’s Day, we continue our legacy of championing women who have shaped our past, supporting women today to push the boundaries of possibility and helping the next generation create a more equitable and inclusive world.
We are proud to provide ongoing support to both the National Literacy Trust and The Prince’s Trust Women Supporting Women initiatives. Building on our work to help youth gain literacy skills in November 2021, our donation to NLT will provide a bespoke pack of 12 books from their International Women’s Day booklist and other resources to students within the same 10 schools participating in that initiative. Through this donation, we want to encourage young students to expand their literary horizons in their formative years and be inspired by diverse women’s stories. Additionally, our funding to The Prince’s Trust will continue to provide vital tools and support to help young women gain access to opportunities across employment, entrepreneurship, education and training.
While we have taken strides towards gender equality across our business, we know there is more to do within our organisation and across the industry.
Alongside our global Diversity and Inclusion strategy, we are committing to a new ambition: becoming the best place to work for women in our industry.
Some of our latest actions underpinning our goals include:
- From this month, launching specialist advice, counselling and other resources for all colleagues experiencing menopause and their partners and family members.
- Broadening our talent pipeline through leadership development programmes, funding creative arts scholarships and investing in our mentorship offering, particularly to elevate diverse women leaders.
- Launching a summit featuring prominent women leaders and active allies. Taking place later this year, it will bring together Burberry colleagues and beneficiaries of our programmes to discuss the most immediate challenges to achieving gender equality and inspire everyone to be changemakers.
- Actively engaging with our growing employee networks, Internal D&I Council and Cultural Advisory Council to challenge us and ensure our programmes are driving positive impact.
Erica Bourne, Chief People Officer, Burberry: “Women make up the majority of our workforce and contribute substantially to the luxury fashion industry as a whole. To become the best place to work for women, we must continue pushing for gender equality. While we have made significant progress with initiatives we’ve supported within Burberry and beyond, there’s still much more to accomplish to eradicate the barriers and biases preventing women from realising their potential. Through our ambition and steps we are taking to achieve our goals, we hope to drive greater progress, active allyship and real change throughout our industry.”
Fay Lant, Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust: “We are delighted to be working with Burberry to further our aim of inspiring girls through literacy and learning. Thanks to Burberry’s support, we are proud to be providing a bespoke pack of 12 books from our International Women’s Day booklist to all schools participating in the Marcus Rashford Book Club school library project, including the titles Girls Can Do Anything by Caryl Hart and Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison. We are confident these books and the additional resources will help young girls feel supported and enthusiastic about their futures.”
Frances Milner, Director of Fundraising, The Prince’s Trust: “The Prince’s Trust is committed to supporting more young women to develop the confidence and skills they need to build a brighter future and we’re incredibly grateful to Burberry for joining us in support of this cause. Sadly, we know that many young women in the UK are more likely to feel as though they are going to fail or that the pandemic has caused a lasting impact on their self-worth. If we don’t act now, there is a risk that they will lose hope for the future and never fully realise their potential. Through our #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign for International Women’s Day, Burberry is joining more than 80 brands to raise vital funds for the Trust that will help young women to transform their lives through education, training and employment, or through starting their own businesses. Together, we can continue to make a tangible difference to the lives of those young women who need us most.”
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST
- National Literacy Trust’s mission is to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of those who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life. NLT runs Literacy Hubs and campaigns in communities where low levels of literacy and social mobility are seriously impacting people’s lives. They support schools and early years settings to deliver outstanding literacy provision, and campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians, businesses and parents.
- In research published in October 2021, the organisation found one in four schools in England’s most disadvantaged communities do not have a library or designated reading space, compared to a national average of one in eight schools. 40% of primary school respondents say they have no dedicated school library budget, from data provided to the National Literacy Trust by the School Libraries Association and Softlink.
- NLT’s research and analysis make the organisation the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Literacy is a vital element of action against poverty and our work changes children and young people’s life stories.
- Visit literacytrust.org.uk to find out more, donate or sign up for the free email newsletter.
ABOUT THE PRINCE’S TRUST
- The Prince’s Trust helps young people all over the UK to build their confidence and skills and supports them into jobs, education and training. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11- to 30-year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust’s youth support workers and mentors are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The courses offered by The Trust give young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over a million young people to date.
- Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk.
BURBERRY’S LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO GENDER EQUALITY
- We are committed to becoming the best place to work for women in the industry. Burberry maintained a leading position in the FTSE 100 for women in leadership for a fourth consecutive year, being named a top performer in the inaugural FTSE Women Leaders report and was included in the Bloomberg 2022 Gender-Equality Index for the second consecutive year.
- Last year, Burberry adopted the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. Spanning corporate leadership, wellbeing, training, community efforts and transparency of disclosure, the framework will build on the actions we are taking to advance gender equality as part of our overall global diversity and inclusion strategy.
- Find out more about Burberry’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion here.