With approximately 10,000 employees globally and 58 different nationalities represented in our London headquarters alone, Burberry is committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunities, as well as improving employment practices and working conditions at manufacturing sites.
Burberry strives to ensure that processes for hiring, developing and promoting employees are fair and that women have the opportunity to be represented at every level of the organisation. As of 31 March 2017, out of the global employee population of over 10,000, approximately 70 per cent were female and 30 per cent male, with women occupying 39 per cent of senior management roles. Supporting the importance of diversity in business and society, in 2015 Burberry became a corporate member of OUTstanding, a UK not-for-profit professional network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender executives.
Burberry’s on-boarding programme introduces all new employees to the brand and the unique culture, as well as offering a range of team-building opportunities throughout the year to enhance cross-functional connections. Teams also operate in a fully open-plan office environment to encourage greater mobility and collaboration.
We are committed to operating responsibly and upholding labour standards throughout our operations and activities. Our People policies, including our Global Ways of Working, Code of Business Principles and Equal Opportunities policies, are translated into relevant languages and communicated to employees globally.
In April 2015, Burberry was proud to become the first luxury retailer and manufacturer to achieve accreditation as a UK Living Wage employer and have since become a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation. Throughout Burberry’s own manufacturing operations in the UK and Italy, workers are paid a recognised living wage or a wage that has been collectively agreed with relevant trade unions.
The Company’s trading activities are guided by its Responsible Business Principles, which are 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. Targets to promote and build fair and responsible employment practices have been set and integrated into the performance objectives of the sourcing teams, as well as at an individual level.
Burberry’s apparel and non-apparel vendors are monitored through the Company’s Ethical Trading programme – comprising announced and unannounced audits, surveillance and improvement programmes. Across the supply chain, schemes have been implemented to support factories in building stronger human resource management systems, increasing individual productivity and reducing working hours, while sustaining and enhancing unique knowledge, skills and expertise.