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CREATING TOMORROW’S HERITAGE

Burberry’s commitment to sustainability is long-standing, grounded in the belief that for our future growth, we need to actively address the challenges facing our industry and the world in which we live. We are dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint and enabling social progress as we help transform our industry through powerful collaborations.

RESPONSIBILITY STRATEGY

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RESPONSIBILITY PERFORMANCE

CREATING TOMORROW’S HERITAGE Our goals for 2022: taking steps to protect our planet and ensure we have a positive impact on those in our supply chain and communities.

External Assurance of Corporate Responsibility Disclosures

Burberry has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) to provide limited assurance over selected Company, Product and Community information for FY 2019/20. Information forming part of the assurance scope is denoted with a ^ above. The assurance statement and Burberry’s basis of reporting are available at Burberryplc.com. Please click here for Burberry’s basis of reporting and the full independent assurance statement.

AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS

In 2019 Burberry was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth consecutive year, ranked third place in the ‘Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods’ sector and achieving its highest ever score in the Index. The leading global sustainability metric, the DJSI evaluates a company’s economic, environmental and social impact and is a trusted benchmark for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their decision-making and investments.

Leading luxury brand in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

First luxury retailer and manufacturer to achieve accreditation as a UK Living Wage Employer in 2015.

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.

We are a member of the RE100, a global initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) that brings together influential businesses committed to 100% renewable energy.







We are signatories to The Fashion Pact, a global alliance of the world's leading fashion companies to tackle climate change.

 

Awarded Gold Class distinction in SAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2020, for excellent sustainability performance.

Longstanding FTSE4GOOD Index constituent.

  • Signatory of the UN Global Compact.
  • Recognised as Leader by the Ethical Trading Initiative.
  • Walpole British Luxury Award for driving systemic change, winner of ‘Luxury with a Heart’.
  • We are partnering with Canopy, an NGO that works to protect the world’s forests, species and climate.

 

OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Our Responsibility Agenda contributes to a range of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, where we feel we are uniquely placed to make a positive difference. We recognise the power of working in collaboration to drive real change in the industry, which is why SDG 17 runs across the breadth of our strategy enabling progress in all areas of our work.

Relevant SDGs

PRODUCT
  • SDG 6.3
  • SDG 6.4
  • SDG 8.7
  • SDG 8.8
  • SDG 9.4
  • SDG 12.5
  • SDG 12.6
  • SDG 13.3
  • SDG 15.A
  • SDG 17.17
COMPANY
  • SDG 7.2
  • SDG 7.3
  • SDG 7.A
  • SDG 12.2
  • SDG 12.5
  • SDG 13.3
  • SDG 17.17
COMMUNITIES
  • SDG 1.4
  • SDG 4.1
  • SDG 4.4
  • SDG 4.C
  • SDG 5.5
  • SDG 8.3
  • SDG 8.6
  • SDG 10.2
  • SDG 17.17

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.
 

In 2013, we set up the Burberry Impact Advisory Committee, comprising external experts. They play the role of ‘critical friends’, joining the Burberry Responsibility team four times a year to hear progress updates, comment on draft strategies and generally challenge and support the team. Please see the latest BRAC statement here

Governance

Burberry’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility is accountable for the implementation of our social and environmental programmes and the delivery of our responsibility goals to 2022 (covering Product, Company and Community), and regularly reports on these topics to the Sustainability Steering Group, Ethics Committee, Risk Committee and the Burberry Group 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, cross-functional delivery groups, and guided by our Responsibility Advisory Committee, comprising external expert stakeholders from non-governmental organisations, 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.

Sustainability Steering Group

A Sustainability Steering Group (SSG) was established in FY 2019/20 to review and oversee the Group’s strategy on environmental and social issues. The SSG will convene at least three times a year and is chaired by the Chief Executive Officer and is attended by the Chief Operating and Finance Officer, who is also a member of the Leadership Network for the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) initiative.

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Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Working Group 

A cross-functional TCFD working group reports to the Risk Committee, which is chaired by the Chief Operating and Financial Officer.

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.