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Wool

Focus areas

Burberry use wool in a range of products including scarves, jumpers and coats. Our policy prescribes the sourcing of all products and raw materials to come from suppliers that are governed by the highest animal welfare standards.

Our commitments and activities

We work closely with Textile Exchange, peer brands and the wool industry to support the promotion and adoption of The Responsible Wool Standard, which recognises best practices of wool growers around the globe. The Responsible Wool Standard ensures that wool comes from responsibly treated sheep and from farms with a progressive approach to land management. Built around certifying both sheep welfare and environmental management, the Standard aims to increase transparency and understanding of wool supply chains amongst growers, supply chain actors, brands and consumers.

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Exotic Skins

Focus Areas

Whenever our design and product development teams wish to explore a new material, we have procedures and processes in place to assess its potential risks and evaluate it against our responsible sourcing criteria. We will never knowingly source raw materials if there have been any concerns over animal welfare and we actively engage welfare experts to ensure good husbandry of animals in our supply chain. Please see our Responsible Sourcing Policy for more details.

Our commitments and activities

We are committed to working with key stakeholders, including luxury peer brands, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations, to promote the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of sensitive raw materials, such as exotic skins, by the fashion industry. We support industry efforts to make value chains more transparent and increase traceability of materials from their origin. We have a dedicated expert customs team responsible for managing compliance with CITES, which limits international trade in endangered species. To drive further positive change, we engage with industry experts to explore initiatives to modernise and simplify established ways of working.

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Down

Focus Areas

Down and feathers are used in some of our jackets. Burberry does not permit the use of hair that is plucked from live animals or from farms where there is any concern that there has been unacceptable treatment of animals. 

Our commitments and activities

Our Responsible Sourcing Policy reflects our commitment to preserving natural resources, ensuring animal welfare and protecting people and communities. Industry concerns around force feeding and live plucking led to the development of a Responsible Down Standard by Textile Exchange in 2014, which sets strict criteria to ensure bird welfare from hatching to slaughter. We work with supply chain partners to complete an annual self-declaration of humane practices and to increase the percentage of certified down in our products.

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Fur

Focus areas

As a luxury brand there will be limited occasions when fur is considered important to the overall design, but we insist that as with any animal product, such as leather, it must be sourced without inflicting cruelty. Our policy prescribes the sourcing of fur from suppliers that are governed by high animal welfare standards, which limits the types and origins of furs used in our collections.

Our commitments and activities

With a strong commitment to animal welfare at its core, Burberry’s Responsible Sourcing Policy provides strict internal guidance on fur sourcing. This is actively communicated to all supply chain partners. The fur we use in our products is only sourced from regulated farms located in the EU and Norway and we have a well-established fur traceability programme to provide strong oversight of our fur supply chains. We have undertaken extensive work with peer brands and other stakeholders, to help promote third-party certification of European fur farms. We also engage agricultural husbandry and welfare experts to support the development of species specific welfare protocols. Burberry is a founding member of the BSR coordinated Fur Luxury Industry Roundtable, working with key industry stakeholders to further enhance welfare standards and traceability systems in the fur value chain.

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