Fashion group Burberry has been named the UK brand “most dedicated to making the world a better place” at the luxury-focused Walpole Awards. Organisers say the Luxury with a Heart award “recognises impactful sustainability initiatives and those using the power of their voice to speak out on behalf of others”.

Pam Batty, vice-president of corporate responsibility at Burberry, said: “We have had environmental and social programmes in place for more than 15 years and recently made some exciting developments, including setting two ambitious science-based targets covering our extended supply chain.” Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, added: “Whilst Burberry has always had sustainability and citizenship at the heart of its business, it’s been hugely exciting to see how fast it has been moving the dial over the last two years. It’s the North Star every British luxury brand can follow.”

Leathergoods brand Symthson was the winner in the British Luxury Overseas category, while leather footwear company Church’s won Maker of the Year. Manolo Blahnik was celebrated in the Creative Collaboration category for a partnership with the Wallace Collection.

Walpole is the official body for the UK luxury industry.