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Culture & Values

We are committed to making Burberry the best place to work for our 10,000 colleagues across 33 countries. We have designed an ambitious Inspired People agenda to deliver this goal, with work focused on leadership; culture and engagement; talent and capabilities; ways of working; and responsibility. 87% of our people are proud to work at Burberry.


At Burberry, we have always sought to build a culture that is diverse, open and inclusive and one where all perspectives are valued. We value and respect people of all cultures, nationalities, races, religions and ethnicities, regardless of characteristics such as gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability or sexual orientation. We are passionate about attracting, developing and rewarding the most talented and skilled individuals and ensuring they feel a sense of belonging. At our London headquarters, 60 different nationalities are represented.

We continue to focus on evolving strategies for recruiting and developing key talent within the business in a way which promotes our cultural values. We are committed to delivering training for all managers on how to build an inclusive environment, as well as unconscious bias training for all employees. We are also expanding our scholarship programme, which supports students who would not otherwise have the financial resources to attend top fashion schools, and offer one-year placements post- graduation to provide valuable work experience.


With respect to our senior women, we are proud to have the highest representation of women in Executive Committee and direct report positions (58.5%) in the FTSE 100. This was recognised in the 2018 Hampton Alexander Review where Burberry was named the top performer.

We offer continued support for the LGBTQ+ community through our ongoing membership of LGBTQ+ group INvolve. As part of this membership, we have nominated senior LGBTQ+ leaders onto a board-readiness programme and senior Burberry leaders have mentored LGBTQ+ employees from other organisations.

Broadening and deepening our Diversity and Inclusion agenda is a key priority for the business in FY 2019/20. The strategy will be supported by both an employee council focused on raising awareness globally and fostering a culture of belonging, as well as an external advisory board.


We are focused on building capability and driving engagement. We prioritise deepening capability in the areas most critical to delivering our strategy. The Burberry Leaders group, made up of our most senior employees globally, is responsible for galvanising the organisation and delivering our strategic goals.

To further strengthen the capability of our leadership population and accelerate delivery of our strategy, we have launched our new Leadership Development Programme, delivered over nine months and including 360 feedback, tailored coaching and support, and an intensive three-day gathering of global leaders. Over 80 of our most senior leaders have completed the programme with all other leaders to be enrolled by the end of FY 2019/20. The programme is grounded in the Burberry Behaviours, which were launched in 2018 and underpin the way we work. Our annual Global Icon Awards celebrate the employees who best bring to life these behaviours day to day. The Behaviours are:

  • Putting Customers First
  • Being Bold And Open to New Ideas
  • Being One Team
  • Being Accountable And Responsive


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