We are focused on working together with industry peers, business partners and other key stakeholder groups to find long term solutions and promote wider industry change.
- Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) – The Better Cotton Initiative is a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving global cotton production for its producers and the environment. As part of our responsibility strategy, we have set ourselves a goal to source 100% of our cotton through BCI by 2022.
- Burberry Foundation – The Burberry Foundation was established in 2008 as an independent charity (UK registered charity number 1154468), and is dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change in our communities and build a sustainable future through innovation. We support the Foundation with an annual donation and partner with it to achieve our goal to positively impact 1 million people by 2022. During 2017/18, five-year partnerships have been launched with Teach First and The Careers & Enterprise Company, the Royal College of Art, Oxfam, Pur Projet and Elvis & Kresse.
- Ellen Macarthur Foundation/ Circular Fibres Initiative (CFI) – We are a core partner of the Circular Fibres Initiative, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This systemic initiative aims to move the fashion industry away from the traditional ‘take, make, waste’ linear approach to a circular model, by implementing the recommendations set out in the initiative’s latest report “A New Textiles Economy – Redesigning fashion’s future”. We are proud to partner with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and support its aim to inspire a generation to rethink, redesign and build a positive future through a restorative, circular economy.
- Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) – We are a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. We were the first luxury brand to join the ETI in 2010, and are a member of several working groups, collaborating with key stakeholders to improve working conditions across our supply chain.
- Forum for the Future – Forum for the Future is an independent not-for-profit organisation working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Forum for the Future sits on the Burberry Responsibility Advisory Committee, a group of external expert stakeholders who help us review key responsibility objectives and commitments.
- Leather Working Group – We are a member of the Leather Working Group, a multi-stakeholder organisation that aims to improve the tanning industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing guidelines for continual improvement. We encourage our tanneries to be audited by the Leather Working Group.
- Living Wage Foundation – In 2015, Burberry became the first luxury retailer and manufacturer to achieve accreditation as a UK Living Wage Employer, and subsequently became a Principal Partner of the Foundation. Continuing our support for the Living Wage Foundation, in 2016 we joined the steering group of the Global Living Wage Initiative, to help harness the increasing interest in the Living Wage and address in-work poverty across all sectors and multiple geographies, as part of a unified, global approach with multi-stakeholder participation.
- Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) – The NRDC is a United States based, not-for-profit organisation working to safeguard natural resources and deliver environmental justice. NRDC’s programme ‘Clean by Design’ has been the foundation for the development of our own energy and water efficiency programme with supply chain partners and we continue to work with the organisation to strengthen our programme as well as our monitoring and evaluation framework.
- RE100 – In 2017 Burberry became a member of the RE100, a global initiative that brings together influential businesses committed to 100% renewable energy. As members of RE100, we hope to drive wider demand for low carbon power and encourage all energy providers to introduce renewable energy options.
- Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA) – In 2015, we became a founding partner of the SFA, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation working with key stakeholders involved in driving sustainable cashmere production in Mongolia; restoring grasslands, promoting animal welfare and improving the livelihoods of herders and their families.
- Textile Exchange – We are a member of the Textile Exchange, which is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase the global market for sustainable fibres by creating certifiable sustainability standards for key raw materials such as down. Burberry is on the advisory board to the International Wool Working Group, which launched a new Responsible Wool Standard in 2016 to promote animal welfare and good land management for rearing animals.
- UN Global Compact – We are a signatory of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative supporting companies in aligning strategies and operations with ten principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Each year we submit a Communication on Progress, detailing actions we have taken to implement the ten principles and measured outcomes.
- Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) – As an active member of the ZDHC group, we work with 20 other leading brands committed to driving industry-wide change to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear supply chain.
- Avena Environmental – Avena Environmental is based in Norfolk, UK, and is a leader in secure shredding and recycling of paper documents, clothing and IT equipment. We partner with Avena for the secure disposal and recycling of damaged goods and samples.
- Greenline – We work with with Greenline in Italy to recycle pre-consumer textile waste into new yarns/ fabrics and automotive insulation. Greenline works with Burberry’s waste collection organisation, Resmal, to collect, sort and recycle fibres from all of Burberry’s Italian vendors.
- OHCS and INNO hotline services – OHCS and INNO are two NGOs based in southern China that provide a confidential hotline to Mandarin speaking workers. Burberry sponsors NGO-run, confidential hotlines for over 10,000 workers across 21 factories, providing them with a means of whistleblowing, as well as offering emotional support and information about workers’ labour rights. Calls to the hotline are free and contact can be made through phone, text QQ and other platforms.
The Burberry Foundation
The Burberry Foundation was set up in 2008 by Burberry Group plc as an independent charity (UK registered charity number 1154468) for general charitable purposes and grant-making. The Foundation Board comprises two Burberry representatives and an independent trustee. The Board meets four times a year and is responsible for upholding the Foundation’s vision and ensuring delivery of its charitable purpose.
Conscious of the varied social, environmental and economic impacts of the luxury industry on communities worldwide, the Foundation is dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change in these communities and build a more sustainable future through innovation. It is therefore taking a strategic, long-term approach and partnering with leading organisations to promote the STEAM agenda, tackle educational inequality, reduce waste and support social and economic development.
This is also in line with Burberry’s responsibility plans for 2022, enabling the Foundation to maximise impacts of its grants by leveraging key Burberry assets, including the vast experience, skills and passions of its employees.
As part of its grant-making agenda, during 2017/18 the Foundation has launched five-year partnerships with the following organisations:
- The Royal College of Art – to establish the Burberry Material Futures Research Group, the first of its kind in the world, and expand the Burberry Design Scholarship fund to benefit more than 30 students by 2022. The new Research Group is the first explicit ‘STEAM’ research centre at a traditional art and design university, applying radical thinking to invent more sustainable materials, advance manufacturing process and transform user experiences in the luxury fashion industry.
- Teach First, The Career & Enterprise Company and MyKindaFuture – to tackle educational inequality, enhance career advice and inspire young people about the variety of career paths possible in the creative industries. The programme is focused on supporting young people in key social mobility cold spots across Yorkshire and London.
- Oxfam Italy – to foster community cohesion and support youth employability in Tuscany, an area renowned for its garment and luxury leather goods production, but also facing challenging levels of poverty, youth unemployment and economic migration.
- Oxfam Afghanistan and Pur Projet – to support social and economic empowerment in Afghanistan by creating a more inclusive and sustainable cashmere industry and help herders enhance their livelihoods. Despite persistent armed conflict and extreme poverty, Afghanistan remains the world’s third-largest product of cashmere fibre and a key sourcing region for the luxury fashion industry.
- Elvis & Kresse – a partnership with a sustainable luxury company that creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering waste material through innovative craftsmanship. By showing how leather offcuts can be transformed into a range of new products, this partnership aims to affect real change in the leather goods industry.