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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


At Burberry, we believe Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are essential to fulfilling our purpose and are core to our values. Attracting and retaining diverse talent and fostering an inclusive culture enable us to be more creative in everything we do.

We have set out global standards for how we can foster an inclusive environment in our Global Diversity and Inclusion Policy, ensuring we are creating a culture that will minimise barriers and create more moments for colleagues to feel represented, listened to and celebrated throughout our business.  

Our strategic objectives are supported by the following framework:

  • Attracting and retaining diverse top talent
  • Fostering an open and inclusive culture
  • Educating and raising awareness
  • Implementing a global approach

To ensure accountability and that we deliver against our objectives, we engage with our colleagues directly and create safe spaces within which feedback can be provided to the business throughout the year. We are also supported by the collaboration and consultation of the Employee Inclusion Council, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and our Cultural Advisory Council, which consists of eight external industry experts as well as our Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, our Chief People Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

 Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion extends beyond Burberry. We champion and advocate for changemakers, organisations and initiatives that have a meaningful impact on underrepresented communities. We believe it is important to celebrate diversity in our campaigns and shows, and we have measures in place to ensure we assemble casts that are representative of our customers and communities.

Recent Highlights

  • In 2023 Burberry was recognised by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for a third consecutive year. We also maintained a leading position in the FTSE 100 for women in leadership for a fifth consecutive year, being named the top performer in the Top 10 Women in Leadership ranking.
  • We have adopted the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles
  • Since 2020, we’ve expanded our creative arts scholarships, providing more equal access to programmes for more than 50 students over five years at renowned creative institutions, including The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York City, Institut Français de la Mode in Paris and Central Saint Martins in London.​
  • Building on mandatory bi-annual unconscious bias training for talent acquisition teams, we have also introduced interview skills training for all line managers to support inclusive interviewing techniques and mitigate unconscious bias throughout the interview process.

  • All members of our Executive Committee and all line managers have formal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives included in their goals, demonstrating accountability for attracting and retaining diverse talent and fostering an inclusive culture.
  • Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) create space for colleagues to come together to mark cultural moments and share knowledge, experiences and learnings. Our ERGs include: Asians in Americas; Pride; Sustainability; Women Empowered; Latinxs of Burberry; Empowered Black Network; Working Parents at Burberry; and Women in Tech.

  • In 2022, we hosted our first internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference called The Gender Edition. It created space for our colleagues to listen, learn and share their experiences. Moderated by Dr June Sarpong OBE, the event explored inclusive leadership, intersectionality, gender balance and the role men can play in delivering our diversity, equity and inclusion ambitions.
  • We created Demonstrating Allyship, a virtually delivered workshop programme, which creates space for colleagues to understand identity, recognise how to be an ally, and practise allyship.
  • All colleagues globally are required to complete unconscious bias training.

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