As a global luxury retailer and manufacturer, employing over 10,000 people and with over 400 retail locations worldwide, Burberry is acutely aware of its responsibilities and the
opportunities to drive positive change.
As a luxury company, we create products using only the highest quality materials and multiple communities from across the world are involved in bringing these to our customers. This means the impact of our business on the environment and our interaction with local economies is international and varied.
Our Responsibility agenda is designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future through innovation. We have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2022 that sit across Burberry’s entire footprint. We will invest in the communities at the heart of our business through a series of bespoke programmes, delivered in partnership with expert organizations. We will drive new approaches to some of the most pressing problems faced by our industry and lead by example to champion more sustainable resources. We will focus not only on treating the symptoms but on
tackling the cause.
We have a strong track record of caring for the environment and our communities. Starting in 2004, we established our ethical trade, community investment and environmental programmes and our first five-year responsibility goals launched in 2012. We have since completed nearly 3,000 supply chain audits and assessments, donated more than £22 million to charitable causes, cut water use at key mills by nearly 20%, and banned per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). More information in our progress so far can be read in our Responsibility Reflections report.
Acting responsibly and with integrity is in Burberry’s DNA. Thomas Burberry was a man of strong philanthropic principles. He donated clothes and materials to the Red Cross and local charities and he was well known for welcoming those in need into his home. Just as his invention of gabardine is the foundation of our company, so too the example he set remains a part of our culture. We believe in the power of our heritage to positively influence our future.