Our Responsible Sourcing Policy prescribes the sourcing of all raw materials from suppliers that are governed by the highest animal welfare standards.
Our animal welfare principles are aligned with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Five Freedoms. Burberry actively seeks collaboration and learning opportunities in order to deepen our understanding of species-specific best practice. 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. Examples include our sourcing of wool, exotic skins and down.
Fur - We do not manufacture or procure any real fur. We do not use rabbit, fox, mink, Asiatic racoon and Angora rabbit.
Wool - 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. We work closely with the 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.
Exotic Skins – We are committed to working with key stakeholders, including luxury peers, 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.
Burberry is an active member of the Business for Social Responsibility, Southeast Asia Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA). 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.
Down – 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. 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.