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Leather is an important raw material used across our accessories, apparel and shoes.

The impacts of leather production can be significant and stretch right along its value chain, from methane emissions and conversion of natural ecosystems to pastureland, to the chemicals, water and energy used in the processing and tanning of leather. We are focused on working with our supply chain partners to mitigate any adverse impacts from leather production.


We have committed to sourcing 100% of our leather from tanneries with environmental, traceability and social compliance certifications by 2022. We fully support tannery certification as one of several ways to help drive more responsible leather production. We recognise certifications by the Leather Working Group (LWG), the Italian Istituto di Certificazione della Qualità per l'Industria Conciaria (ICEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 

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. 

We currently source 80% of our leather from certified tanneries. We encourage our key tanneries to monitor their water, energy and chemical consumption and to validate the effectiveness of waste water treatment processes and air emissions management.

Even when product patterns are carefully planned to maximise the use of a leather hide, the process inevitably creates small offcuts. Through the Burberry Foundation, we are working with sustainable luxury company Elvis & Kresse to transform leather offcuts from the production of our products into a range of accessories and homeware. Half of the profits from this range are donated to charitable organisations promoting renewable energy, while the remaining half is reinvested by Elvis & Kresse to expand their work and generate apprenticeship and work experience opportunities.