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Our Approach


Driven by our purpose and values, our ambition is to do well by doing right.

By creating luxury products made to last, tackling the climate crisis and empowering our people and communities around the world, we can work together to secure a better future for our industry, our planet and generations to come. 

Our latest responsibility strategy, Burberry Beyond, brings together everything we do across our Company, our supply chain and our communities to create a better world for the next generation. This outlines which initiatives we focus on and how we measure our progress.

Product: Responsible craftsmanship

For over a century and a half, we have carefully crafted products that are made to last. From the materials we use, to the aftercare services we provide, we are committed to increasing the longevity of our pieces for our customers. We are consistently improving and innovating in our manufacturing processes.

Working across our value chain, we are focused on sourcing certified and traceable key raw materials, embedding circular business models and eliminating plastic from our packaging.

Learn more about our Product targets and progress here.

People: Champion inclusion and wellbeing across the company's footprint

We open spaces for creativity to flourish by prioritising our people’s wellbeing and being an open, inclusive and caring employer. By listening to, valuing and amplifying the voices of our people around the world, we ensure Burberry reflects the rich diversity of our people, our customers and our communities and fosters a culture of true inclusion and belonging.

We are committed to supporting our people, both within Burberry and across our value chain. From workers’ wellbeing, to driving progress towards our diversity, equity and inclusion ambitions, we collaborate closely with partners and colleagues to build a more inclusive future where creativity can thrive.

Learn more about our People targets and progress here.

Planet: Become climate positive

We aim to be Climate Positive by 2040 which means we will cut our emissions across our value chain by 90% by FY 39/40 (from FY 18/19) and neutralise remaining emissions through carbon removal projects. We have set science-based targets to reduce absolute emissions across our own operations and value chain.

This commitment guides how we innovate across our value chain to achieve our ambition. Alongside reducing emissions, our strategic priorities include embedding sustainable manufacturing processes and ensuring our product footprint does not contribute to deforestation.

Learn more about our Planet targets and progress here.

Communities: Positively impact young people

Our values are deeply embedded in how we operate and have been core to our brand since the Company was founded by Thomas Burberry in 1856. We continue Thomas Burberry’s altruistic legacy today by supporting young people, championing our communities and collaborating with organisations to make a positive impact on the world.

The Burberry Foundation, an independent charity set up in 2008 by Burberry Group plc, is focused on empowering young people, particularly those from underrepresented communities, to create better futures.

Learn more about our Communities targets and progress here.


Our Responsibility strategy was developed with the support of key stakeholders, to address the most material issues for our business, as well as the most pressing social and environmental needs along our value chain.

During FY 21/22, we undertook an ESG materiality assessment review to identify the most material risks and opportunities for the business. This included assessing environmental and social topics based on their importance to our stakeholders and their impact on Burberry, and determining which topics were most material for Burberry. We also reviewed the Group’s governance of ESG topics to ensure appropriate oversight of ESG risks and opportunities.


We have embedded Environmental and Social Responsibility into our governance and management structures.

The Board is responsible for ensuring its approach to sustainability is integrated into and implemented across the business, reflecting the importance of these topics to the Group and society as a whole.

The governance framework of committees oversee the implementation of our Environmental and Social Responsibility strategy and provide regular updates and key information to the Board.

These include:

  • Sustainability Committee: oversees our strategy, targets and progress on environmental issues and the Sustainability Bond. It is chaired by our CEO and includes other senior leaders. Each member of the Committee is responsible for embedding our Responsibility strategy within their business area. In FY 22/23, the Committee met four times and reported to the Board twice on progress across our Responsibility agenda
  • Ethics Committee: regularly reviews progress on social issues, including worker wellbeing across our supply chain and community investment, and reports to the Audit Committee
  • Risk Committee: oversees risks relating to environmental and social issues. It also reviews and makes recommendations to the Board regarding our climate-related financial disclosure, and reports to the Audit Committee.

For further information on our governance framework, please see the Corporate Governance page of our website.

Further details on these executive committees and their actions in FY 2022/23 can be found in our Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures on page 94 of our Annual Report 2022/23.


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