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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0.00/6
      Pulp & Paper
      VF Corp state "our Forest Derived Materials (FDM) policy prohibits the sourcing of materials that contribute to deforestation, loss of biodiversity or loss of indigenous peoples’ rights".
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      VF Corp show an awareness of protecting forests by demonstrating knowledge of the value of trees to absorb carbon, they state "our natural carbon sink efforts are aimed at transforming our cotton and leather supply chains into carbon sinks and offsetting our emissions growth by funding reforestation and conservation projects"
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    31/86
    • Leather
      31/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Leathers shall not come from cattle grazed on lands that have contributed to new deforestation or forest degradation. [...] Leathers sourced from cattle grazed near protected areas or deforestation fronts must come with proof that the land where animals were raised did not contribute to deforestation."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
             
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
             
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
             
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
             
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
             
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
             
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "VF will randomly select suppliers for auditing to ensure policy adherence. Non-compliance will be subject to Corrective Action Plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "VF will randomly select suppliers for auditing to ensure policy adherence. Non-compliance will be subject to Corrective Action Plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          VF Corp. publish a list of their factories online.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          VF Corp. ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "VF Authorized Facilities may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status or any other legally protected factor."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      31/86
      • Commitment Strength
        19/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            VF Corp. have stated that they are "committed to the responsible use of raw materials. [...]VF seeks to address these areas by using raw materials with minimal impact on forests and forest habitats with a focus on[...]reducing virgin material use and prioritizing Recycled Content materials".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            VF Corp. have stated that they are "committed to the responsible use of raw materials. [...]VF seeks to address these areas by using raw materials with minimal impact on forests and forest habitats with a focus on[...]reducing virgin material use and prioritizing Recycled Content materials".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            VF Corp. have stated that they are "committed to the responsible use of raw materials. [...]VF seeks to address these areas by using raw materials with minimal impact on forests and forest habitats with a focus on[...]reducing virgin material use and prioritizing Recycled Content materials".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            VF Corp. have stated that they are "committed to the responsible use of raw materials. [...]VF seeks to address these areas by using raw materials with minimal impact on forests and forest habitats with a focus on[...]reducing virgin material use and prioritizing Recycled Content materials".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            VF Corp. have stated that they are "committed to the responsible use of raw materials. [...]VF seeks to address these areas by using raw materials with minimal impact on forests and forest habitats with a focus on[...]reducing virgin material use and prioritizing Recycled Content materials".
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            VF Corp. have stated that they are "committed to the responsible use of raw materials. [...]VF seeks to address these areas by using raw materials with minimal impact on forests and forest habitats with a focus on[...]reducing virgin material use and prioritizing Recycled Content materials".
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
             
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
             
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            With regards to raw materials such as pulp and paper, VF Corp. have stated ""If these materials have certified content that is not FSC, additional documentation will be needed to demonstrate that it is sourced from an entity employing Responsible Forest Management Practices". 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          VF Corp "have set the following compliance and time-bounded goals. All existing suppliers of FDMs must adhere to the below implementation timeline[...]VF will randomly select suppliers for auditing to ensure policy adherence". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          VF Corp "have set the following compliance and time-bounded goals. All existing suppliers of FDMs must adhere to the below implementation timeline[...]VF will randomly select suppliers for auditing to ensure policy adherence. Non-compliance will be subject to Corrective Action Plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          VF Corp. ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "VF Authorized Facilities may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status or any other legally protected factor."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    18/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

VF Corp is an international apparel, footwear and accessories company with product markets in over 170 countries worldwide. The company owns many well-known brands including The North Face, Vans, Wrangler, Timberland and JanSport. As the manufacturer of these leading products, VF Corp is exposed to the forest risk commodity leather, which is used in items such as luggage, footwear and accessories. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Altra, Bulwark, Dickies, Eagle Creek, Eastpak, Horace Small, Icebreaker, Jansport, Kipling, Kodiak, Napapijri, Red Kap, Smartwool, Terra, The North Face, Timberland, VF Solutions, Vans, Walls

How we assess the Forest 500

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