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CREATING TOMORROW’S HERITAGE

Our Responsibility Agenda is designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future. We have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2022, split into three focus areas.

RESPONSIBILITY STRATEGY

RESPONSIBILITY PERFORMANCE

CREATING TOMORROW’S HERITAGE Our goals for 2022:

External Assurance of Corporate Responsibility Disclosures

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AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2018 as the leading luxury brand in the 'Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods' sector
  • Awarded  ‘Bronze Class’ for our sustainability performance in RobecoSAM’s 2018 Sustainability Yearbook, ranked in the top 5% to 10% of the companies assessed

Memberships

Leading luxury brand in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Principal partner of the Living Wage Foundation since 2016.

Core partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Make Fashion Circular Initiative.

Signatory of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment.

Founding signatory of the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action.

Active member of The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project.

  • Member of the FTSE4Good Index
  • Member of the MSCI World ESG Leaders Index
  • Participant in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
  • Signatory of the UN Global Compact
  • Member of the Ethical Trading Initiative

MATERIALITY

Our 2022 goals were developed with the help of key stakeholders, to address the most material issues for our business, as well as the most pressing social and environmental needs along our value chain.
 

They have been informed by the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, resulting in, for example: the development of our Manufacturing Excellence programme focused on going beyond compliance and driving worker wellbeing in our supply chain (in support of SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth); or our commitment to 100% renewable energy (in support of SDG 13 – Climate Action); or our funding, through the Burberry Foundation, of a community programme in Afghanistan to promote both economic and gender equality (SDGs 5 and 10 – Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities).
 

Our product, energy and waste goals have been informed by science and by over ten years of experience in developing and implementing social and environmental programmes. Our targets have also been influenced by a multi-stakeholder event we convened in July 2015. This included experts from academia, NGOs and businesses from a variety of industries, with whom we shared our early plans and whose input and comments we used to shape our journey ahead.
 

When developing our community focused programmes, we first worked with our Product Development, Sourcing and Business Strategy teams to identify key locations along our value chain where we have the biggest impacts and where we are uniquely placed to make a difference. We then liaised with external expert organisations, to identify local community needs and effective ways to address these.
 

Our 2022 goals and commitments were assessed for materiality and signed off by our senior leadership team and company Board. Progress is reported publicly in our Annual Report and on this website.

 

Governance

Burberry’s Chief Supply Chain Officer is responsible for the implementation of our social and environmental programmes and the delivery of our responsibility goals to 2022 (covering community, product and climate change related risks and opportunities), and regularly reports on these topics to the Group Risk Committee and the Burberry plc Board.
 

Targets relating to our 2022 goals are owned by members of our senior leadership team. The implementation of responsibility programmes is supported by global policies, supported by cross-functional delivery groups, and guided by our Responsibility Advisory Committee, comprising external expert stakeholders from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), social enterprise and an ethical trade, human rights and labour standards consultancy, to ensure we stay focused on the most material issues and drive real positive impact for the long term.
 

A robust governance framework is in place to ensure effective internal oversight, ownership and accountability, as well as external challenge and input:

Board The Board is responsible for the Group’s risk management and internal controls system. It is also responsible for oversight of the five strategic pillars: Product Focus; Productive Space; E-Commerce Leadership; Operational Excellence; Inspired People. 
Executive Team Progress against our responsibility goals is reviewed on a regular basis by our Executive Team. A key focus area is ensuring Burberry acts responsibly as a business.
Responsibility Team The Responsibility Team works with and supports internal teams to ensure implementation of the company’s Responsibility strategy and progress against goals. Team members are based in London, Leeds, Florence, Hong Kong and Tokyo. 
Responsibility Advisory Committee The Responsibility Advisory Committee is a group of leading independent stakeholders with expertise in different areas of sustainability. The group comprises representatives from Elvis & Kresse, Forum for the Future, Impactt and Oxfam GB. This committee of ‘critical friends’ meets several times a year to hear progress updates and comment on draft strategies. 
Foundation Board The Burberry Foundation is an independent organisation (UK registered charity number 1154468). The Foundation Board is responsible for upholding the Foundation’s vision and ensuring delivery of its charitable purpose. The Board meets four times a year. 

Burberry follows the Turnbull Report guidance and UK Corporate Governance Code. Further information on the approach to corporate governance can be found in the Corporate Governance section.