As a global luxury retailer and manufacturer with more than 10,000 employees, over 400 retail locations and a supply chain that touches the lives of thousands of people worldwide, we are passionate about driving positive change for our industry, our communities and the environment.
Our Responsibility agenda is designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future through partnership and innovation. We have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2022 that address key risks and opportunities across the entire footprint of our operations. To achieve these, we are investing in the communities at the heart of our business through a series of bespoke programmes, delivered in partnership with expert organisations; we are driving new approaches to some of the most pressing problems faced by our industry, and leading by example to champion more sustainable resources.
Burberry has 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 launched our first five-year responsibility goals in 2012. We have since completed nearly 3,000 supply chain audits and assessments, donated more than £30 million to charitable causes, and reduced our market-based CO2e emissions by over 50%. A summary of our progress during 2012-2017 can be found in our Responsibility Reflections report.
Acting responsibly and with integrity is in our DNA. Our founder, Thomas Burberry, was a man of strong philanthropic principles; he donated clothes and materials to the Red Cross and was known for welcoming those in need into his home. Today, these values serve as the foundation of the culture of our business, as we draw on the power of our heritage to positively influence our future.