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Environment





We are creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for our customers and helping to transform our industry.

We recognise that the long-term success of our business depends on investing in the environmental sustainability of our operations, the resilience of our supply chains and our management of climate change impacts. Our future depends on it.


 

Drawing on our heritage of exploration and guided by our purpose, we are pushing boundaries, setting leading standards and pioneering innovative solutions to create real system change.

  • We are now carbon neutral across our own operations globally
  • 100% of the electricity we use in our own operations is from renewable sources
  • Almost all of our products have more than one positive attribute, meaning they carry a social or environmental benefit.
  • We send zero operational waste to landfill from our key sites
  • All our key events, including shows and presentations, are certified as carbon neutral since 2019
  • We have reduced our scopes 1 & 2 market-based emissions by 93% since 2016.
  • We have Science Based Targets across our scope 1 and 2 emissions (in our own operations and indirect emissions from our energy use), and scope 3 emissions (across our extended supply chain), all aligned to the Paris Agreement 1.5°C pathway, the most ambitious designation available through the SBTi process.



Our Responsibility team of more than 30 in-house sustainability experts has been working on our environmental and social programmes for more than 15 years. The ambitious targets that underpin our mission are set out in our BURBERRY BEYOND agenda.

Expanding on our existing goals, we are transitioning towards a Climate Positive future and ensuring that we consciously craft our collections.

OUR GOAL TO BE CLIMATE POSITIVE BY 2040

Climate Positive 2040 is about going further than net zero.

We aim to be Climate Positive by 2040, going beyond net-zero by investing ininitiatives to support wider climate change efforts beyond our value chain. 

Our goal is to implement steep reductions in our carbon emissions footprint and neutralise residual emissions by investing in compensation and projects that remove carbon from the atmosphere.

We have set up the Burberry Regeneration Fund to support our mitigation and neutralisation efforts and our strategy follows the SBTi Net Zero Standard recommendations.

HOW WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL

We are accelerating emissions reductions across our extended supply chain, aiming to cut them by 46% by 2030* 

All our scope 1, 2 and 3 Science Based Targets are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative and are aligned to the 1.5°C pathway set out in the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious designation available.  We are embedding our commitments and targets to achieve Climate Positive throughout the business.

We have developed our first carbon emissions reduction roadmap to net zero and set out a number of KPIs that sit across the business with Executive Committee accountability.

We are committed to partnering with our suppliers in areas including renewable energy solutions; circular-designed products and business models; regenerative agriculture solutions, and increasing the recycled content of packaging.

In 2021, we launched our biodiversity strategy at COP26 to support global conservation efforts. Through this plan, we will take action to protect, restore and regenerate nature.

 *from a FY 2018/19 base year.

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

We are partnering with PUR Projet to design and implement regenerative agricultural practices with wool producers in our supply chain in Australia. The project works at farm level to improve carbon capture in soils, improve watershed and soil health, and promote biodiverse habitats. The initiative in Australia has successfully completed its first year, and more farms will be added to scale the project globally over the next few years. 

In addition, through a partnership with the Savory Institute’s Land to Market programme, we are exploring the potential of regenerative farming practices in our leather supply chain and its impact on the environment and livelihoods. We are also partnering with Conservation International to understand the regenerative potential in our cotton supply chain.

THE BURBERRY REGENERATION FUND

For the GHG emissions that we cannot reduce directly, we are investing in nature-based solutions through our Regeneration Fund. The Burberry Regeneration Fund was established in 2020 to support a portfolio of verified carbon offsetting and insetting projects, which enable Burberry to compensate and store carbon, promote biodiversity, facilitate the restoration of ecosystems and support the livelihoods of local communities.

ENDING DEFORESTATION

We are committed to avoiding deforestation and we are doing so in a number of ways. Such as through certifications; our leather is sourced from tanneries with environmental, social, and traceability certifications; our paper packaging is FSC certified and we are aiming to source viscose from only Canopy rated  suppliers, 

Significant work is already underway to avoid deforestation. For example, we have a policy to prohibit sourcing of leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome for over 10 years which reflects our commitment to avoid deforestation and forest degradation associated with leather procurement. In FY 2021/22, 92% of our leather was sourced from tanneries that achieved environmental, traceability and social compliance certifications, which is a key way to further help drive more responsible leather production. In recognition of the importance of sustainable practices within leather manufacturing and continuous improvements in this sector, we are increasing our certification requirements and extending our commitment to source 100% of our leather from certified tanneries to 2025.

As signatories of G7 Fashion Pact we are committed to not contributing to the loss or degradation of natural forests. Our collaboration with The Biodiversity Consultancy began with a land occupancy analysis which allowed us to know exactly where to act by applying the ARRRT framework: to avoid, reduce, regenerate, restore and transform. We continue to review our actions to support deforestation avoidance.

We are also investing in the global Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance (LEAF) Coalition to support the end of deforestation in tropical and subtropical forest countries. We support the LEAF Coalition’s aim of achieving its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. As part of the LEAF Coalition, over the next five years Burberry will purchase high-quality Emissions Reductions. These will meet the ART-TREES requirements and contribute to our global mitigation efforts. as part of the Regeneration Fund’s pillars of Planet, Nature and People.
 

DISCOVER OUR CONSCIOUSLY CRAFTED COLLECTION 


We are driving positive change through all our products. 

  • 99% of our products have more than one positive attribute, where positive attributes relate to social and/or environmental improvements, achieved at either raw material sourcing or product manufacturing stage.
  • 84% of products have three or more positive attributes, with some even reaching eight positive attributes. 

We are proud of our achievements and we will continue to guide and support those in our supply chain as we continue to seek to drive positive change through all of our products.

 

 

Cotton

As part of our Responsibility agenda, where cotton is the product’s main material, we set a goal to procure 100% of cotton more sustainably by 2022 by using a portfolio approach. In FY 2021/22 we reached this goal and have committed to source 100% organic cotton* by 2025. We continue to promote more sustainable farming practices among our suppliers and remain committed to driving demand for organic cotton.In addition, we support Cotton 2040, a cross-industry partnership convened by Forum for the Future to address long-term resilience in cotton supply chains and working with Conservation International regarding cotton, to gain clear insights around the benefits of sourcing regenerative materials through our supply chains.



Cashmere scarves


An integral part of Burberry’s heritage, our cashmere scarves are manufactured by Johnstons of Elgin, a Scottish mill which has worked in partnership with Burberry since 1900. In a process that involves over 30 different steps, the cashmere is woven; washed in local spring water, and carefully brushed using techniques passed down through generations. All production staff are paid the UK Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage rate as a minimum. In addition, the site where Burberry scarves are manufactured holds positive attributes for its use of renewable energy, recycling of production waste and upholding high standards of chemical management.

*where the raw material referenced is the product’s main material



Leather accessories 


Crafted in Italy, the leather Note handbag holds three positive attributes: tannery certification, waste recycling and renewable energy. Through a partnership with the Savory Institute’s Land to Market programme, we are exploring the potential of regenerative farming practices in the leather supply chain and its impact on livelihoods. 

In 2017, we set ourselves a target to source 100% of our leather* from certified tanneries by 2022, with environmental, traceability and social compliance certificates. In FY 2021/22, we achieved 92%. 

In recognition of the importance of sustainable practices within leather manufacturing and continuous improvements in this sector, we are increasing our certification requirements and extending our commitment to source 100% of our leather* from certified tanneries to 2025.

Balancing emissions

For the GHG emissions that we cannot reduce directly, and to meet our Climate Positive targets, we are investing in nature-based solutions through our Regeneration Fund.

 

We take a portfolio approach to investing, focusing on both external removal and avoidance projects, as well as insetting initiatives. For our inaugural supply chain project, we partnered with PUR Projet to design and implement regenerative agricultural practices with wool producers in our supply chain in Australia. The project works at farm level to improve carbon capture in soils, improve watershed and soil health, and promote biodiverse habitats. The initiative in Australia has successfully completed its first year, and more farms will be added to scale the project globally over the next few years.

Promoting renewables

We are passionate advocates of renewable energy use and in FY 2021/22 we met our target to source 100%^ of our electricity from renewable source, meeting our target of using 100% renewable electricity in our own operations by 2022.

 

We are an active member of RE100, a global initiative committed to 100% renewable electricity. As a signatory to RE100 we promote the use of renewables in our supply chain and have created a bespoke renewable energy guide for our Italian suppliers. In 2021, Burberry was ranked by CDP in the Leadership band for climate change and was recognised in the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard, for our success in stimulating demand for renewable energy throughout our global supply chain. 

Influencing suppliers

Ensuring our supply chain partners share our ambition for a net-zero future is crucial in achieving meaningful change at scale. In 2021, we launched a programme in partnership with the Apparel Impact Institute to establish a platform for Italian manufacturers to coordinate, fund and scale environmental programmes with measurable impact. Working alongside two fellow luxury brand partners, the initiative demonstrates a shared ambition to pursue a collective mission to make fashion’s supply chains more sustainable.

 

We support UN Climate Change’s efforts in the fashion industry. . In the lead-up to COP26, we contributed to UN Climate Change and Race to Zero’s “Decarbonising Fashion Milestones” document, which sets out short, medium and long-term actions required for the fashion and apparel sector to reach net zero. The document aims to find solutions to some of the toughest questions on the road to a more resilient, zero carbon future. To mark the launch, we joined the sector’s leading voices on climate to discuss what it will take to reach net zero, from accelerating decarbonisation solutions to financing the transition and making the 1.5°C target easy to understand for customers.

PARTNERSHIPS 

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. 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. 

Our partnerships include, but are not limited to:

 

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 10 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. 

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. 

RE100

As a signatory to RE100, a global initiative committed to 100% renewable electricity, we promote the use of renewables in our supply chain and have created a bespoke renewable energy guide for our Italian suppliers. 

Living Wage Foundation & Global Living Wage Initiative

We are a principle partner of the Living Wage Foundation & Global Living Wage Initiative, an organisation that encourages responsible employers to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum.

Global Canopy

We partner with Global Canopy, an NGO that works to protect the world’s forests, species and climate by collaborating with business leaders, scientists and decision-makers, utilising Canopy’s hot button report and working directly with suppliers and producers to ensure we only source viscose from responsible sources.

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. 

A4S Accounting for Sustainability

We engage with Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) - a forum which aims to inspire action by finance leaders to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.

The G7 Fashion Pact

In 2019, we became signatories of The Fashion Pact, a global alliance between 32 of the world’s leading fashion companies to tackle climate change. Through the Pact, we will build on our work over the last decade to limit global warming, protect the world’s oceans and restore biodiversity.

UNFCCC

As a signatory to RE100, a global initiative committed to 100% renewable electricity, we promote the use of renewables in supply chains and have created a bespoke renewable energy guide for our Italian suppliers. 

LEAF Coalition

As investors of the global Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance (LEAF) Coalition, we support the end of deforestation in tropical and subtropical forest countries. We support the LEAF Coalition’s aim of achieving its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. As investors of n to support the end of deforestation in tropical and subtropical forest countries. We support the LEAF Coalition’s aim of achieving its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

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. The organisation also aims to build on potential opportunities by developing certifiable sustainability standards for key raw materials.

ZDHC Foundation

We have been an active member on the Board of the ZDHC Foundation since June 2018, helping share the direction of the industry in the chemical management roadmap, including that of other brands and luxury peers, third-party suppliers and external chemical experts.

Science Based Target Network

Together with more than 45 NGOs, business associations and consultancies we participate within the Science Based Target Network - a group of organizations working to shape private sector and city impacts on nature by using science-based targets.

RECOGNITION

In FY 2021/22, we were recognised for our achievements in environmental and social responsibility

 

FTSE4Good Index: constituent

CDP: ranked in the Leadership band for climate change and recognised in the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard

MSCI: AAA Rating

S&P Global: Yearbook Member

Responsibility100 Index: ranked 10th in the FTSE 100

 

Finance for the Future Sustainability Awards: winner of the Climate Leader Award in 2021

Reuters Responsible Business Awards: highly commended in the Net Zero Transition Award category in 2022

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index 2022: recognised for the second consecutive year

FTSE Women Leaders Report: named a Best Performer

 

UNFCCC: member of the UN’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC)

European Women on Boards Gender Equality Index: recognised as a Best Practice Leader