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Burberry to be Climate Positive by 2040

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  • Burberry sets bold new sustainability ambition, becoming first luxury brand to pledge to become Climate Positive by 2040, going further than its current 2040 net-zero target by investing in key initiatives to support wider climate change efforts beyond its value chain 
  • Underpinning this pledge is a series of commitments Burberry will achieve on its journey to Climate Positive. This includes cutting emissions across its extended supply chain by 46% by 2030 and developing projects which support others in their own carbon journeys 

  • Burberry also announces its support for the Fashion Avengers, a coalition of global fashion organisations that have come together to inspire action towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

“Burberry was built upon a desire to explore nature and the great outdoors and they have remained our inspiration for more than 150 years. Drawing on this heritage of exploration and driven by our creative spirit, today, we are setting a bold new ambition: to become climate positive by 2040. As a company, we are united by our passion for being a force for good in the world. By strengthening our commitment to sustainability, we are going further in helping protect our planet for generations to come”. 


Today, Burberry announces its pledge to become Climate Positive by 2040, setting a new industry standard that goes further than the company’s current 2040 net-zero target. To achieve this, Burberry will take action within its own value chain, guided by climate science. This includes: 

  • Accelerating its ambition to reduce emissions across its extended supply chain[1], aiming to reduce them by 46% (from a previous target of 30%) by 2030. This means Burberry’s Science Based Targets will be aligned to the 1.5°C pathway set out in the Paris Agreement[2]
  • Becoming Net-Zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the 1.5°C pathway set out in the Paris Agreement 
  • Accelerating low-carbon future solutions and investing in nature-based projects with carbon benefits that restore and protect natural ecosystems and enhance the livelihoods of global communities through the Burberry Regeneration Fund

[1] Scope 3 emissions
[2] The Paris Agreement’s goal is to limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5 °C, compared to pre-industrial levels. Burberry is already on its way to meeting its scope 1 and 2 reductions targets (95% by 2022 from a 2016 base year) in line with the 1.5°C pathway

Burberry will also invest in initiatives beyond its value chain that support the world’s efforts to create a resilient, zero carbon future. This includes: 

  • Investing in programmes that protect and restore natural ecosystems that remove carbon from the atmosphere 
  • Funding climate resilience projects that empower vulnerable, frontline communities to adapt to changing realities and protect livelihoods 
  • Actively advocating for what it will take to transform the fashion industry, in partnership with NGOs, peers and policymakers

The Burberry Regeneration Fund was established in 2020 to support a portfolio of verified carbon offsetting and insetting projects, which enable Burberry to compensate and store carbon, promote biodiversity, facilitate the restoration of ecosystems and support the livelihoods of local communities.   For its inaugural insetting project, Burberry is partnering with PUR Projet to implement a regenerative agricultural programme with wool producers in Australia. The project works at farm level to improve carbon capture in soils, strengthen watershed and soil health and promote biodiverse habitats.

Burberry’s new climate ambition builds on the company’s heritage of exploration and long-standing environmental and social programmes. On its journey to become Climate Positive, Burberry will also continue to advocate for changemakers and support programmes transforming the fashion industry, in partnership with NGOs, peers and policymakers.

In addition, Burberry announces its support for the Fashion Avengers, a coalition of global fashion organisations that have come together to inspire action towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this, Burberry is supporting the Forest for Change, a UN Global Goals installation created by British designer Es Devlin for the 2021 London Design Biennale. From 1 - 27 June 2021, the courtyard of Somerset House in London will be transformed into a forest, inviting visitors to discover the 17 UN Global Goals.


Burberry’s climate change initiatives

  • Burberry is on track to meet its target to become carbon neutral across its own footprint by 2022, which it has achieved by reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency and switching to renewable electricity sources, before balancing any remaining emissions.
  • All of Burberry’s events, including shows and presentations, have been certified carbon neutral since 2019 and the company has successfully reduced its market-based emissions by 92% since 2016.
  • Burberry has Science Based Targets across its scope 1 and 2 emissions (in its own operations and indirect emissions from its energy use) and scope 3 emissions (across its extended supply chain).
  • Burberry is working with leading climate solutions provider South Pole to update its Science Based Targets and develop its roadmap to achieve net-zero by 2040.
  • Burberry currently sources 93% of its electricity from renewable sources, on track to achieve its target to use 100% renewable electricity in its own operations by 2022. 
  • In the last year, Burberry has continued to promote the use of renewables in its supply chain by creating a bespoke renewable energy guide for its Italian suppliers.
  • It has worked with global supply chain partners to achieve facility-level positive attributes relating to energy and water reduction and renewable energy since 2017.
  • It also launched a new programme in partnership with the Apparel Impact Institute and industry partners to establish a platform for Italian manufacturers to coordinate, fund and scale environmental programmes with measurable impact.  
  • Burberry is an active member of RE100 and has been recognised on the CDP’s A-List and Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for its success in stimulating demand for renewable energy throughout its global supply chain. Burberry has also been included in the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for six consecutive years, achieving its highest ever score in 2020.
  • As a signatory of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, Burberry supports UN Climate Change's efforts in the fashion industry. In its role on the Manufacturing Energy Working Group, it developed online climate action training for the fashion industry supply chain.  
  • In September 2020, Burberry was the first luxury brand to issue a sustainability bond, enlisting the support of investors to finance ambitious sustainability projects.  

 Burberry’s contribution to the UN SDGs

Burberry’s ESG work is aligned to the Paris Climate Agreement and informed by the United Nations SDGs. It is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint and enabling social progress. Recognising the power of working collaboratively to drive real change, Burberry often works with its peers, sector experts and NGOs to achieve these goals. Some of Burberry’s contributions towards the SDGs are here.

About Forest for Change

From 1 - 27 June 2021, the courtyard of Somerset House will be transformed into a forest, as part of London Design Biennale. Forest for Change – The Global Goals Pavilion, invites visitors to discover the 17 UN Global Goals.

The Forest is created from 400 juvenile trees, individually selected for their differing canopy shapes, heights and form. Species have been selected with the aim of ensuring future resilience to the changing London environment, and the trees will be donated to and replanted in London boroughs after they have graced the Somerset House courtyard, creating a living durable legacy. At the heart of the Forest, seventeen mirrored pillars will bring the Goals to life as the world’s To Do List for people and planet. As part of this experience, visitors will be invited to record a short message expressing the change they wish to see in the world. This will be instantly added to a participatory music installation composed by Robert M Thomas and will become part of ‘Voices for Change’, a Google Arts & Culture Lab collaboration bringing together the voices and passions of people from across the world in an interactive online experience for the Goals.

A powerful collective message for change, Forest for Change was designed by leading international artist and designer, and Artistic Director of the Biennale, Es Devlin, in collaboration with Landscape Designer Philip Jaffa and Urban Greening Specialists Scotscape, and presented in partnership with Project Everyone.

Sustainable development goals

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