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First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 7 out of 21

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Burberry Group plc
Head office: London, UK
Sector: Luxury brands
Categories : Male, Female, Kids
Free Tags: Burberry, Bags, Caps, Shirts, Pullover, Suits, Jackets, Jeans, Dress

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Burberry sustainability score report

Last edited: 11 February 2014 by Mario
Last reviewed: 11 February 2014 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Burberry has taken several mesures to reduce CO2e emissions such as initiating an environmental baseline assessment of both direct and indirect carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) impacts from raw materials, energy, water, chemical inputs and waste. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Burberry does not publish the annual carbon footprint of last years on its website. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped reduce the total annual carbon emissions. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Burberry mentions in its Global Environmental Policy that every part of its worldwide operations is committed to measure its carbon and waste footprints and emit less carbon - per store, per site, per factory - each year.However, Burberry does not specify the target percentage or the target year (see page 3). Source
4. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations (Scope 3)? Burberry reports to conduct energy efficiency assessments at key vendor sites and distribution centres, which account for almost one-third of CO2e emissions identified in the environmental baseline assessment. However, no clear results of these measures are made public. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials? Burberry mentions an increased focus on monitoring and improving the environmemntal management and traceability in its leather supply chain. However, no specific policies regarding the use of environmentally 'preferred' raw materials could be found on its website. Source
2. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) use environmentally 'preferred' raw materials for more than 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand have a clear and effective policy to avoid the use of leather that originates from cattle farms in deforestated Amazone areas? Burberry mentions an increased focus on monitoring and improving the environmemntal management and traceability in its leather supply chain. However, no specific policies regarding the origin of leather could be found on its website. Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to minimize environmental pollution of chromium and other harmful substances from leather tanning processes, e.g. by waste water treatment or by vegetable tanning? Burberry does not openly communicate a policy to limit chromium and other harmful substances pollution caused by leather tanning processes. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
6. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures to make the footwear? Burrberry has signed the Zero-Discharge Commitment from Greenpeace. Burberry promises to 'eliminate all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures that are associated with the making and using of company's products, by 2020'. Source
7. Does the brand (company) have a clear target to phase out PVC in their products, and has the brand already achieved a PVC phase out level of more than 90%? Burberry does not report about having a plan to phase out PVC in their products. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source
8. Has the brand (company) a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production, and has the brand already achieved a level of average max. 40 grams of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions per pair of shoes? Burberry does not report a clear and effective policy to minimize the use of solvents based chemicals in their shoe production. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 out of 9
1. Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Burberry mentions all standards in Burberry Ethical Trading Policy (see pages 3-5). Source
2. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers rights: 1. to have a formally registered employment relationship 2. to have a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary and paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. to have a sufficient living wage? Burberry mentions all these rights in the Burberry Ethical Trading Policy (see pages 4 & 5). Source
3. Does this Code of Conduct include the right for workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, the right to facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining? Burberry mentions this right with reference to parallel means for the situation of law restrictions in the Burberry Ethical Trading Policy (see page 3). Source
4. Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms? Burberry does not make clear if the Code of Conduct and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms. Source
5. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Burberry states that the majority of its products are manufactured in Britain but no list of direct suppliers was found on its website (see page 42). Source
6. Is the brand (company) a member of a collective initiative that aims to improve labor conditions, or does the brand (company) purchase its supplies from accredited factories with improved labor conditions? Burberry is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. Source
7. Do independent civil society organizations like NGO's and labor unions have a decisive voice in this collective initiative or in these certification schemes? Burberry is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which means that Labour Unions and/or business-independent NGO’s have a formal and co-decisive voice within the initiative and are co-responsible for the integrity and credibility of the initiative. Source
8. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? In 2012/2013 Burberry reports that over 830 audits, visits and trainings were carried out in the global supply chain, but it is not clear how much these factories represent of the total purchase volume. Information about the location and regions of the factories is also not found. Source
9. Has the brand’s labor conditions policy resulted in a ‘compliance level’ of at least 30% of the purchase volume, or a ‘monitored level' of at least 80%? Burberry wants their factories to be compliant with the CoC, but no information about compliance or improvements in labour standards was found. Source