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We are focused on working together with industry peers, business partners and other key stakeholder groups to find long term solutions and promote wider industry change.

Strategic Collaborations

  • Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) – As a Learning Member of the Better Cotton Initiative Burberry is proud to support the organisation. The use of sustainable cotton is a key part of the strategy and Burberry aims to increase the sourcing of sustainable cotton through various routes including the BCI.
  • Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) – Burberry is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. Burberry was the first luxury brand to join the ETI in 2010, and is a member of a number of working groups, collaborating with key stakeholders to improve working conditions across Burberry’s supply chain.
  • Forum for the Future – Forum for the Future is an independent not-for-profit organisation working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Forum for the Future sits on the Burberry Impact Advisory Committee, a group of external expert stakeholders who help Burberry review key responsibility objectives and commitments.
  • Leather Working Group – Burberry is 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. Burberry encourages its tanneries to be audited by the Leather Working Group.
  • Natural Capital Coalition – The Natural Capital Coalition is a global, multi stakeholder open source platform developing a standardised approach to valuing natural capital. Burberry was involved with piloting and providing feedback on the protocol, to be launched in July 2016.
  • Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) – The NRDC is a United States based not-for-profit organisation working to safeguard natural resources and deliver environmental justice. NRDC’s programme ‘Clean by Design’ has been the foundation for the development of Burberry’s own energy and water efficiency programme with supply chain partners.
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) – As an active member of the SAC, Burberry supports the group's vision of an apparel, footwear and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. The Coalition works to continuously develop and roll out the Higg Index, a standardised measurement tool used to identify, understand and positively address the environmental and social impacts in a company’s supply chain.
  • Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA) – In 2015 Burberry became a founding partner of the SFA, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation working with key stakeholders to drive sustainable cashmere production in Mongolia, restoring grasslands, promoting animal welfare and improving the livelihoods of herders and their families.
  • Textile Exchange – Burberry is 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 is on the advisory board to the International Wool Working Group, which will be launching a new Responsible Wool Standard in 2016 to promote animal welfare and good land management for rearing animals.
  • UN Global Compact – Burberry is a signatory of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative supporting companies in aligning strategies and operations with ten principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Each year Burberry submits a Communication on Progress, detailing actions they have taken to implement the ten principles and measured outcomes.
  • Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) – As an active member of the ZDHC group, Burberry works 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. 

Business Partnerships

  • Avena Environmental – Avena Environmental is based in Norfolk, UK, and is a leader in secure shredding and recycling of paper documents, clothing and IT equipment. Burberry partners with Avena for the secure disposal and recycling of damaged goods and samples.
  • Greenline –Burberry has partnered with Greenline in Italy to recycle pre-consumer textile waste into new yarns/ fabrics and automotive insulation. Greenline works with Burberry’s waste collection organisation, Resmal, to collect, sort and recycle fibres from all of Burberry’s Italian vendors.
  • John Cotton Group – John Cotton Group Ltd is a family company that was established in 1916. It is a leading UK manufacturer of pillows and duvets that focuses on innovative fibre solutions and new technologies supporting a circular economy. Burberry partners with John Cotton to use defected textile waste from Burberry’s internal manufacturing sites in the home furnishings industry.
  • HERHealth – HERHealth is a health programme for female manufacturing and low income workforces globally. The initiative uses peer-to-peer education and partnerships with local reputable medical institutions to build women’s awareness of basic health topics and needs, such as nutrition and sexual health as well as access to local health services. Burberry works with HERHealth to support women in selected factories across Asia.
  • OHCS, INNO and ICO hotline services – OHCS, INNO and ICO are three NGOs based in southern China that provide a confidential hotline to Mandarin speaking workers. Burberry sponsors hotlines for over 27,000 workers in 53 factories, providing them with a means of whistleblowing, as well as offering emotional support and information about workers’ labour rights. Calls to the hotline are free and contact can be made through phone, text QQ and other platforms. 

External Assessments

  • Dow Jones Sustainability Indices – In 2016, Burberry was named in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as an industry leader in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods sector for the first time.
  • FTSE4Good – Burberry is a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Being a constituent provides strong external recognition of Burberry’s performance in environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices to the investor community and a broad range of other stakeholders.
  • CDP – CDP is a multi-stakeholder group that facilitates the disclosure of organisations’ environmental performance and transparency to investors and other stakeholders. In 2016 Burberry achieved top score for Water in CDP’s annual assessment, for managing water-related risks in both its own operations and the supply chain.