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policies and commitments

Responsible Sourcing Policy


We are committed to responsible and sustainable business principles and practices, including responsible sourcing.

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 - Our responsible sourcing values drive the decisions that we make around raw material use. With effect from September 2018, Burberry does not manufacture or procure any real fur from rabbit, fox, mink or Asiatic racoon and Angora rabbit will not be used.

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 support certifications that uphold the highest animal welfare standards and prohibit the practice of mulesing.

Exotic Skins – We are committed to working with key stakeholders, including luxury peer brands, 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.

Our Product goals outline our work in improving the traceability and sourcing of cotton, cashmere and leather, three of our key materials.

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