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As an active member of the Board of the ZDHC Foundation, where we work with 20 other leading brands committed to driving industry-wide change to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear supply chain. 


Our programme goes significantly beyond the required international environmental and safety standards. We have set ourselves a target to eliminate by 2020 the use of chemicals that may have a negative environmental impact, going beyond the required international environmental and safety standards. In 2015, we adopted the latest Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), released by the ZDHC group, with an addendum banning the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

 

To achieve this target, we have set clear standards and guidelines and provide focused training and support for our supply chain partners.  During FY 2020/21 Burberry hosted 22 training sessions to internal colleagues and supply chain partners in English and Italian language with over 1,500 attendees. These training sessions covered suppliers representing 90% of our products. Twelve chemical managers who have been trained have received a Chemical Manager Qualification from Burberry.

We have also created an MRSL Implementation Framework to help our partners implement and assess chemical management processes internally and with their upstream supply chain. We carry out testing of effluent, product, raw materials and chemical formulations and use a Partner Progress Tool (PPT) to monitor our supply chain partners’ performance against 28 chemical management KPIs, grouped into the four implementation pillars outlined in the MRSL Implementation Guidelines: commitment, internal implementation, upstream implementation and achievement.

In 2020, we invited an independent chemicals expert to audit our chemical management programme. The resulting report, which encompasses insights from across our supply chain and third-party suppliers, can be found here.