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We are committed to responsible craftsmanship and we have set ambitious targets covering raw materials, circular business models and eliminating plastic in packaging to meet our sustainability goals. 

Our Targets

Our collections increasingly feature products made with certified key raw materials. Through our use of these materials and engagement with suppliers, we also stimulate wider demand across our industry for materials that are less impactful on the environment.

100% of key raw materials in our products are to be certified1 and traceable by FY 29/30:

  • 100% certified organic cotton
  • 100% certified recycled nylon and polyester
  • 100% Canopy Green Shirt rated viscose
  • 100% certified wool
  • 100% of leather from certified tanneries
  • 100% of virgin feather and down to be maintained as responsibly sourced (Responsible Down Standard)
  • 100% of key raw materials in our products to be traceable (to country level as a minimum)

  1. See our Basis of Reporting and Responsibility Data Appendix for further details about the scope of our raw material targets.

The enduring quality of our products means their appeal and value are long-lasting. To increase their longevity for our customers, we provide a dedicated luxury aftercare service.

We are continuing to evolve our aftercare offer, and plan to expand our reproofing service in FY 2023/24 to include selected additional outerwear products. We are also trialling new circular business models, including rental, which will help inform our approach.

All retail bags and gift boxes which have a beautiful, luxurious feel, are plastic-free, fully recyclable and reusable.

  • Eliminate plastic from our consumer packaging by FY 25/26
  • Eliminate unnecessary plastics used in transit packaging and maximise recycled content (with at least 50% of plastic to be made from fully recycled content) by 2030

Our Progress Highlights

  • 31% of our cotton was certified organic in FY 22/23
  • 44% of our nylon and polyester was certified recycled in FY 22/23
  • 100% of our viscose was Canopy Green Shirt rated in FY 22/23
  • 46% of our wool in soft accessories and knits was certified in FY 22/23
  • 96% of our leather was from certified tanneries in FY 22/23
  • Maintained 100% of our virgin feather and down certified to the Responsible Down Standard
  • Commenced traceability pilot using traceability tool and plan to extend this trial to other supply chain partners in FY 23/24
  • In FY 2022/23, we launched three new circular business model (CBM) trials alongside the expansion of our existing services
  • By the end of FY 2022/23, over 300 stores across 33 countries and territories offered one or more aftercare services
  • Nearly 45,000 products were repaired or refreshed using our aftercare offer during the year
  • Removing plastic lamination from retail bags and gift boxes so they are now made with paper-based materials, which are widely recyclable and reusable
  • Replacing polyester ribbons with cotton
  • Began rolling out plastic-free dust bags, garment covers and swing tickets without plastic tag locks
  • Our oak and pistachio papers are certified by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM and consist of a minimum 40% post-consumer recycled content
  • Our garment covers are currently made from 100% recycled polyester and our hangers contain a minimum of 60% recycled plastic

Ongoing Initiatives and Policies


We offer a global luxury aftercare service to extend the life of our trench, leather and cashmere products for as long as possible. Read more about our aftercare offering here.

Animal welfare

We have banned the use of fur and exotic skins in all of our collections, as well as specific materials requirements as per our Responsible Sourcing Policy. Read more about our policy here.

Revalue Waste

We follow clearly defined waste hierarchy principles for waste arising in the business. These cover reuse, resell, repurpose, donation and recycling. We also focus on limiting the causes of waste across design, supply chain and merchandising.

Eliminating Waste

  •  We are launching a UK-based pilot for product rental with My Wardrobe HQ (MWHQ), the UK’s leading fashion rental platform. We have also begun a trial with Cocoon, a luxury bag subscription service in the UK. These pilots will help inform our circular business model strategy going forward.
  • In FY20/21, we launched the ReBurberry Fabric programme in partnership with The British Fashion Council. The initiative enables us to donate leftover fabrics to fashion students and encourages the next generation to consider new ways of thinking about material sourcing. The total amount of fabric donated in FY 2022/23 totalled more than 220,000 metres and was distributed equally to 32 universities, including Central Saint Martins in London. This programme encourages the next generation to consider new ways of thinking about their creative methods and material sourcing, and gives them the opportunity to develop tomorrow’s approach to fashion design and production.


Even when product patterns are carefully planned to maximise the use of a leather hide, the process inevitably creates small offcuts. Leather is a challenging material for our industry to recycle, so we’re actively engaging with our supply chain partners to repurpose leather waste through innovative partnerships.

We are a member of the Leather Working Group, a multi-stakeholder organisation that aims to improve the tanning industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, highlighting best practices and providing guidelines for continual improvement. We encourage our tanneries to be audited by the Leather Working Group, and to monitor their water, energy and chemical consumption.

Repurposing And Recycling Leather

We’ve partnered with Alta Scuola di Pelletteria Italiana, a leather school based in Scandicci, Florence, and San Patrignano, an organisation supporting marginalised young people in the area, where our Burberry Manifattura site is located. The school has trained San Patrignano residents in leather goods disassembly and repurposing using excess Burberry materials to create different products.


Our Commitments in Action

The story of our heritage trench coat

The Burberry Trench Coat was first created by Thomas Burberry in the early 1900s after he invented the revolutionising rainwear fabric, gabardine. All Heritage Trench Coats are crafted in the UK at our internal manufacturing sites in Keighley and Castleford, which are both carbon neutral.

We employ more than 600 people across these locations, and every employee is paid at least the Living Wage Foundation’s hourly rate.

Each product is created using lower impact dyeing and finishing processes. We responsibly source our cotton, aiming to use 100% organic cotton by 2030.

Every Trench Coat undergoes 190 meticulous stitching processes before being assured through over 300 tests, parameter and quality checks.

Our Trench Coats are made to last. With the aim of extending each product’s life for as long as possible, our customers can opt to have their coats reproofed, repaired and/or have elements replaced. We use organic solutions for this service, which reduces its impact on the environment.

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