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We are committed to becoming Climate Positive by 2040. To demonstrate this, we have set science-based targets to reduce absolute carbon emissions across our own operations and value chain. Our targets have been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are in line with a 1.5°C degrees pathway set out in the Paris Agreement and the SBTi’s Net-Zero Standard.

Our Targets

  • Across our own operations, we aim for 95% reduction in scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by FY22/23 (from FY16/17) and maintain this year on year through to FY39/40
  • Across our extended value chain, we aim for a 46% reduction in scope 3 carbon emissions by FY29/30 (from FY18/19)1 and a 90% reduction in scope 3 carbon emissions by FY39/40 (from FY18/19)
  • Become climate positive by FY39/40 by neutralising residual emissions through carbon removal projects

Continue to extend our sustainable manufacturing initiatives - covering energy, water and waste - both within our own manufacturing and across our supply chain2

We are committed to protecting nature through materials certifications, responsible sourcing, collaborating with experts to review our strategies and investing in high-quality emissions reductions to support mitigating deforestation globally.

  • We contribute to sustainable management of natural forests and support zero deforestation across our products and supply chain by 2025

Our Progress Highlights

  • In FY22/23, we achieved a 93% reduction in scope 1 and 2 emissions from a FY16/17 base year, meaning we have not met our target of 95% this year. We will undertake energy audits across our operations through the first half of FY23/24 to identify opportunities to reach our target
  • We achieved a 40% reduction in scope 3 emissions in FY22/23 from a FY18/19 base year
  • 100% of the electricity we used in FY22/23 was from renewable sources
  • Read more about our path to Climate Positive in our first report here.

Please see our Responsibility Data Appendix for a breakdown of our Scope 1-3 emissions.

Please see the Annual Report 2022/23 and PwC's independent assurance statement for further details on the external assurance of our carbon emissions. Our Basis of Reporting contains details of our data collection methodology for our assured carbon metrics.

  • Energy: 73% of our finished goods vendors globally used electricity from renewable sources
  • Water: we assessed 84% of our raw material suppliers and finished goods vendors in relation to their water resilience. The overall percentage of our products delivered by green-rated raw material suppliers increased from 14% to over 45%
  • Chemicals: rated Aspirational by ZDHC for second consecutive year
  • Waste: 33 finished goods vendors globally took part in our waste reduction and recycling programme in FY 22/23
  • Operational waste - In FY 22/23, 99.5% of our waste from key operational sites was diverted from landfill

  • 93% of all paper-based packaging procured in FY22/23 was FSCTM certified3
  • 100% of our viscose is ‘Green Shirt’ rated in the Canopy Hot Button Ranking Report
  • 96% of our leather was procured from certified tanneries in FY22/23
  • Continued commitment not to source any leather from high-risk countries and initiated a raw materials traceability programme

Ongoing Initiatives and Policies

We reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations (scope 1 and 2 emissions) by 93% from our FY 16/17 baseline, achieving a 9% year-on-year improvement versus FY 21/22. We plan to undertake several energy audits in FY 23/24 to identify the energy efficiency opportunities required to meet and maintain our 95% reduction target through to FY 39/40.

We decreased our scope 3 emissions by 11% from FY 21/22, and by 40% since our FY 18/19 base year. Within our supply chain, we are working closely with our manufacturing partners to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. In FY 22/23 we also rolled out training on climate action to our EMEIA finished goods vendors. This training is designed to increase supplier understanding of the business case for climate action and teach them how to accurately calculate emissions, to set emission reduction targets, and identify opportunities for cutting emissions.

We are passionate advocates of renewable energy use and in FY 22/23 we maintained our use of 100% renewable electricity in our own operations. We now have solar panels installed at our headquarters in London and our distribution sites in Italy and the US.

We are an active member of RE100, a global initiative committed to 100% renewable electricity. As a signatory to RE100 we promote the use of renewables in our supply chain and have created a bespoke renewable energy guide for our Italian suppliers.

Our Water Conservation programme’s mission is to preserve water for our future by delivering water-responsible luxury fashion.

We have developed a water resilience assessment allowing us to evaluate and monitor the progress of our supply chain water resilience profile. We work closely with sites identified as hotspots, where water management levels are disproportionate to their water intensity and risk, to co-develop strategies to improve water resilience. We aim to have zero hotspots by 2030. Since 2020, Burberry has completed the assessment of 84% of our supply chain partners.

Please see our Annual Report 2022/23 and Responsibility Data Appendix for more details of our Water Conservation Programme.

Our mission is to ensure the safety of our people, planet and the products we create by implementing best practices for sustainable chemical management across our value chain.

We prohibit the use of unwanted chemicals in our value chain, as set out in our Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and Product Restricted Substances List (PRSL). We also implement the ZDHC Supplier to Zero (S2Z) programme across our value chain. By the end of FY 22/23 more than 85% of our direct supply chain partners were S2Z certified, reflecting the implementation of best industry chemical practices.

Please see our Annual Report 2022/23 and Responsibility Data Appendix for more details of our Chemical Management Programme.

We seek to minimise waste across our supply chain and to send zero waste to landfill across our key operations, abiding by clear waste hierarchy principles. These comprise reuse, resell, repurpose, donate and recycle. We also focus on limiting the causes of waste across design, supply chain and merchandising.

We continue to support creative communities and promote a circular economy by donating to schools through the British Fashion Council, and have funded a two-year research project with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel to develop leather recycling processes.

We aim to protect, restore and regenerate nature across our value chain and are members of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Forum to share learnings with others on how to improve disclosure on biodiversity risks. Prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal in December 2022 (COP15), Burberry signed the COP15 Business Statement calling for mandatory assessment and disclosure of impacts and dependencies on nature.

We carried out a biodiversity impact assessment in FY 21/22 with The Biodiversity Consultancy. This identified that our most significant biodiversity impacts are in our raw materials supply chain, particularly farming practices associated with natural fibres, including wool, cashmere and cotton. The sourcing of leather and wood-derived packaging also poses risks of deforestation.

We are working to address our biodiversity impacts identified in our impact assessment by sourcing raw materials that are certified to sustainability standards. For example, certified organic cotton helps to improve soil health and reduce the use of harmful chemicals.

Commitments in Action

Investing In Nature-Based Solutions

For the GHG emissions that we cannot reduce directly, and to meet our Climate Positive targets, we are investing in nature-based solutions through our Regeneration Fund.

We take a portfolio approach to investing, focusing on both external removal and avoidance projects, as well as insetting initiatives. For our inaugural supply chain project, we partnered with PUR to work with our wool producers in Australia to promote regenerative farming practices. The project was piloted with two farms in 2021 and was scaled up to six farms in 2022, and was again extended to cover 12 farms in 2023. With support from PUR, the farmers are implementing regenerative farming methods, such as seeding new pasture grasses, setting aside wildlife corridors, and installing new fencing and paddocks to allow more rotational grazing.

A farmers’ network has been created to encourage sharing of best practice. Baseline assessments have been carried out at the six farms that joined the project by the end of 2022. The long-term aim is for farmers to be able to measure both carbon sequestration in the soil and biodiversity impacts; enabling them to trade carbon credits and gain financially from producing lower impact wool while contributing positively to animal welfare and biodiversity.

1 Our scope 1, 2 & 3 targets are science-based targets that have been approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).​
2 We aim to work with our supply chain partners to:​
• reduce energy and carbon emissions in line with our scope 3 carbon reduction target
• increase resource efficiency and reduce & revalue waste​
• reduce our water impacts, including our footprint in water scarce regions and the quality of our effluents, and promote water resilience across our value chain e.g. we aim for zero water ‘hotspots’ by 2030 (sites that are identified as the highest risk in our water assessment) and require mitigation plans for sites exposed to high risk of flooding

3 In order to calculate the percentage of FSCTM certified paper-based packaging, we have relied on the accuracy of the information supplied to us by our nominated packaging suppliers regarding the value of certified paper packaging sold to Burberry.

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