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

As an open and caring company, we are committed to behaving responsibly towards our planet, our people and the communities we impact, and we continue to embed sustainable practices across our Company.

Our 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

Through textile innovation, Thomas Burberry elevated outerwear performance and enhanced its ability to protect explorers from the elements. Today, we are challenging ourselves to again harness creativity to play our part in protecting our planet. In line with our Company's strategy, we are incorporating certified and responsibly sourced key raw materials into our products, embedding circular business models into our ways of working and eliminating plastic from our packaging, while at the same time reducing our use of resources.

Learn more about our Product targets and progress here. 

Planet: Climate positive

Burberry's heritage is embedded in the natural world. The Planet pillar of our Burberry Beyond strategy outlines how we manage our most significant environmental impacts and dependencies to mitigate material risks and realise opportunities while contributing to global efforts to tackle climate change and nature loss.

Learn more anout our Planet targets and progress here. 

People: Champion Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and people in our supply chain

People are at the heart of our business and operations and our direct colleagues and those in our supply chain are critical to our success. We work to create an inclusive culture and environment where creative minds from different backgrounds can collaborate and flourish. We respect and uphold human rights wherever we operate and we work to enhance the wellbeing of all workers in our supply chain through dedicated initiatives.

Learn more about our People targets and progress here. 

Communities: Positively impact young people

We strive to do the right thing for our customers, our communities and the world around us. We continue our founder’s legacy by supporting young people, championing our communities and collaborating with organisations to make a positive impact. We give at least 1% of profit before tax (PBT) annually to charitable causes, including amounts donated to The Burberry Foundation (UK registered charity number 1154468).

 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.  To ensure we continue to prioritise and act on our most material Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics, we will regularly conduct double materiality assessments in line with upcoming regulations, such as the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Insights from this assessment will act as our guiding principles for complying with regulation requirements alongside any future strategy development.


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 the Product and Planet pillars of our Burberry Beyond strategy, targets and progress 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 2023/24, the Committee met nine times and reported to the Board twice on progress towards our environmental targets
  • Ethics Committee: oversees the governance of our People and Communities pillars, regularly reviewing 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 2023/24 can be found in our Annual Report 2023/24


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