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As an active member of the Board of the ZDHC Foundation, we work with 38* 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 chemical management approach is industry leading. Our programme goes significantly beyond the required international environmental and safety standards. 

We committed to the elimination of unwanted chemicals in early 2014 and in 2015 we became the first luxury brand to adopt the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). As part of this commitment, we also align to the ZDHC’s Wastewater Guidelines, ensuring that wet processors perform wastewater testing twice a year. With this, we pioneered the elimination of long and short-chained Fluorinated Chemicals (PFC) in the luxury industry. 

To deliver on this commitment,  we set clear standards and guidelines and provide focused training and support for our supply chain partners. 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.

Our industry leading approach in chemical management implementation was also recognised as “Aspirational,” the highest category of success, in the 2021 ZDHC Brands to Zero Programme.

We engage at different levels of our supply chain to foster the implementation of best practices, and ensure they select chemicals that do not have harmful effects on health or the environment. We carry out testing of effluent, product, raw materials and chemical formulations. Our supply chain partners are continuously assessed in order to guarantee alignment with our standards, with tools that enable transparency and accountability. 

In 2021, we started the transition from our own MRSL Implementation Partner Progress Tool to the newly launched ZDHC Supplier to Zero framework. This transition simplifies the complexity that supply chain partners encounter and and creates a standardised expectation with industry peers. 

During FY 2021/22 Burberry hosted 11 training sessions to internal colleagues and supply chain partners in English and Italian language with over 700 attendees. These training sessions covered suppliers representing more than 90% of our products.  We also facilitate the qualification of chemical managers by promoting and supporting the attendance to the ZDHC academy courses, particularly the TIG training. 

*accurate as of July 2022.