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 is 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% by 2030 and becoming net zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the 1.5°C pathway set out in the Paris Agreement.
The loan builds on Burberry’s efforts to embed ESG across its operations, including its sources of financing. 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.
Julie Brown, Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Burberry, said: “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.”
Burberry’s agreement is the result of a collaboration with Lloyds Bank’s new Sustainability and ESG Finance team, which was launched last year to support corporate clients with their sustainability plans.