Burberry signs £300m sustainability linked loan

Burberry has refinanced its Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) to a £300m Sustainability Linked Loan, coordinated by Lloyds Bank.

The facility will be linked to the achievement of key ESG targets as part of the company’s ambition to become Climate Positive by 2040. This includes accelerating emissions reductions across its extended supply chain (Scope 3) by 46 per cent by 2030 and becoming net-zero by 2040.

In September 2020, it became the first luxury brand to issue a sustainability bond, enlisting the support of investors to finance ambitious sustainability projects including refurbishing properties across its portfolio which are certified by LEED or BREEAM1 and ensuring natural resources are sourced sustainably and pollution from packaging is prevented.

“At Burberry we believe our long-term success depends on creating a net-zero future. Linking sources of funding to sustainable initiatives will help drive this, not only in the luxury industry but also across the wider economy. We’re grateful for the support of our relationship banks in establishing this funding, which will help us on our journey to decarbonise our own operations and extended supply chain,” commented Julie Brown, chief operating and financial officer at Burberry.

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