Burberry was founded in 1856 by 21-year old dressmaker Thomas Burberry. The company famously supported various ventures to the Arctic Circle, Antarctica, flying expeditions and races, providing exploration teams with equipment, including coats and jackets, made from the iconic gabardine fabric invented by Thomas Burberry himself.
Burberry has a long-standing commitment to drive positive social, cultural and environmental impacts globally. Burberry believes it is important to be a socially responsible business, from supporting diversity and equal opportunities in its workplace, to promoting fair and sustainable employment practices internally and across its supply chain and investing in the communities where its employees live and work.
This commitment is underpinned by Burberry’s Ethical Trading Policy, which is closely aligned with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organization and the Ethical Trading Initiative, which Burberry was the first luxury brand to join.
The majority of Burberry products are manufactured in Europe through third party suppliers. All Burberry suppliers are governed by the Group’s Ethical Trading Policy, which sets clear expectations regarding the management of labour standards.
Burberry’s Ethical Trading Programme operates a strict sourcing approval process. The Burberry Ethical Trading team is coordinated from London with locally based regional teams in key sourcing locations. The Burberry Global Supply Chain teams engage both operationally and strategically with the Ethical Trading and Sourcing teams, to leverage the relationships that Burberry has with its suppliers and make long term and sustainable change.
Burberry is committed to minimising its environmental impact. Burberry has set a number of targets, outlined in more detail in the Burberry Impact section and online at www.burberryplc.com
Burberry also donates 1% of Group profit before tax annually to charitable causes around the world, including the Burberry Foundation, created to help young people realise their full potential. Since 2008, the Burberry Foundation has supported over 40 innovative youth charities around the world, directly and indirectly impacting the lives of over 150,000 young people.
Is knowledgeable about their suppliers' environmental and social practices
Suppliers pay employees and subcontractors the local minimum and/or living wage
Suppliers have policies preventing child and/or forced labour
Has programmes to support the restoration of mine sites after exploitation
Monitors the use of toxic chemicals in their supply chain