Using innovation to create positive change for our people and our planet.
From our products to our packaging and the people who craft them, we’re building on our history of innovation and creativity to drive positive change. Our aim is that by 2022, everything we create makes a positive contribution to our planet and our communities.
We currently source 68 per cent of the electricity consumed at our offices, stores, warehouses and internal manufacturing from renewable sources and our Heritage Trench Coats are crafted using only renewable electricity. As part of our aim to become carbon neutral, we have committed to increasing this to 100 per cent in our own operations by 2022.
Our Regeneration Fund supports carbon-insetting projects in our supply chain. These projects will work to promote biodiversity, restore ecosystems and support the livelihoods of local producers, as well as storing carbon at the source and removing it from the atmosphere.
We are designing exceptional products made from innovative materials. The ECONYL® collection is crafted from a sustainable nylon yarn made from regenerated fishing nets, discarded fabric and industrial plastic. We have introduced a bio-based nylon made from renewable resources such as castor oil and a polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. A selection of our sunglasses are now made from bio-based acetate created using renewable energy.
We are committed to driving sustainability at the beginning of our supply chain. We’re aiming for 100 per cent of our cotton to be sustainably sourced by 2022. This will be achieved by working with partners such as the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Textile Exchange and by exploring new sources including organic and regenerative cotton. 68 per cent of our cotton is currently sourced through BCI – a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving cotton production for both the environment it grows in and the people who produce it.
We were the first luxury brand to implement certification from the Leather Working Group (LWG) in Italy, and our team now works with three certifications to ensure our tanneries meet the highest environmental, social and traceability standards. We’re aiming for 100 per cent of our leather to be sourced from certified tanneries by 2022. We also donate a portion of our leather offcuts to British brand Elvis & Kresse, who use them to craft luxury homeware and accessories.
Excess fabric created during product development is donated to Italian brand Progetto Quid – a women-led, non-profit fashion cooperative providing employment opportunities to disadvantaged people.
We have redesigned Burberry packaging to reflect our sustainability goals. Our new signature oak paper is made with a minimum of 40 per cent upcycled coffee cups that would otherwise have gone to landfill. It is reusable, fully recyclable and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Our products are transported on recyclable hangers and in garment bags made of 100 per cent recycled polyester.
Eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic packaging is a priority for us, which is why we have signed up to the 2025 New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
Established in 2008, The Burberry Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change in global communities and build a more sustainable future through innovation.
In Afghanistan, we are working with The Burberry Foundation to improve the livelihoods of cashmere goat herding communities, providing training on how to enhance the quality and yield of their cashmere. 7,000 people currently benefit from this programme, which includes training herders on how to sustainably manage their livestock and working collaboratively with community groups to improve their access to markets.