Our Responsible Sourcing Policy prescribes the sourcing of all raw materials from suppliers that are governed by the highest animal welfare standards.
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 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 aim to source 100% certified wool by 2025, ensuring that wool comes from responsibly treated sheep and from farms with a progressive approach to land management. 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 participates in the Textile Exchange’s cross-sector Animal Fibres Roundtable, which brings the industry together to better understand the issues and opportunities surrounding animal fibre production. 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. We also support animal welfare certifications such as Nativa and ZQ Merino, which promote good animal welfare practices and prohibit the practice of mulesing.
Exotic Skins – As a modern luxury company, we have banned the use of exotics in future collections, building on our commitment to go fur free in September 2018.
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.
Read our full animal welfare position here.