Burberry to eliminate toxins from supply chain by 2020

Gurjit Degun
1 February 2014

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1 February 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Fashion brand Burberry has committed to eliminating all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020.

As part of the move, the company said it will increase the public availability of its restricted substance list. It plans to disclose discharges of hazardous chemicals in its supply chain too.

Burberry said it “recognises the urgent need for eliminating industrial releases of all hazardous chemicals”.

The firm has also committed to support plans to achieve zero discharge of hazardous chemicals within 20 to 25 years. “This commitment includes sustained investment in moving industry, government, science and technology to deliver on systemic change and to affect system change across the industry towards this goal”.

Burberry added it will work with other clothing brands, suppliers, the broader chemical industry, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to achieve its goal.

The fashion house move follows similar commitments made by other major fashion brands including Levi’s, Nike, Zara and Uniqlo between August 2011 and January 2013.

A statement from Burberry said: “We have an active programme dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain, working in collaboration with our suppliers and non-governmental organisations.

“This includes a commitment to eliminate from our supply chain the release of chemicals that have an environmental impact, going beyond required international environmental and safety standards.”

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