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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      "VF has two publicly available policies that address deforestation, our Animal Derived Materials (ADM) and Forest Derived Materials (FDM) policies. Our ADM prohibits leather originating from cattle raised on farms in the Amazon Biome that have contributed to new Amazon deforestation. This effort is to protect the largest intact tropical rainforest in the world. Our FDM policy addresses loss of ancient and endangered forests and loss of biodiversity and habitat associated with deforestation and its effects on climate change"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      VF Corp has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since December 2020
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "VF’s FDM policy specifically highlights efforts to protect the Amazon Biome as well as an overarching effort to preserve high conservation value forests (HCVF)."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational 
      "Reputation and brand damage related to forest risk commodities is considered in our risk assessments. The tool used to assess this risk is internal knowledge of our brands. Our Forest Derived Materials (FDM) and Animal Derived Materials (ADM) policies were developed to shield our brands from the potential reputational damage that can arise from neglecting to source forest risk commodities from sustainable sources. VF’s policies were developed in conjunction with our brands, as they understand the potential brand damage that can be caused by an association with deforestation."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      "Our science-based carbon emissions targets include:An absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 55 percent by 2030, from a 2017 baseline year; and,An absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030, from a 2017 baseline year focusing on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations and logistics." 
  • Commodity score
    38/88
    • Leather
      37/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "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 regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "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."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            (For leather companies only) Do they have a traceability commitment which goes back to the birth farm?: No
            "Leather from the Amazon Biome must be 100% traceable to the slaughterhouse to verify the cattle have not contributed to new Amazon Deforestation. VF requires documentation to verify policy adherence. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "Leather from the Amazon Biome must be 100% traceable to the slaughterhouse to verify the cattle have not contributed to new Amazon Deforestation. VF requires documentation to verify policy adherence. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Leather from the Amazon Biome must be 100% traceable to the slaughterhouse to verify the cattle have not contributed to new Amazon Deforestation. VF requires documentation to verify policy adherence. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance". With an original target date of 2021, this commitment was achieved in 2019.
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Leather from the Amazon Biome must be 100% traceable to the slaughterhouse to verify the cattle have not contributed to new Amazon Deforestation. VF requires documentation to verify policy adherence. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance". With an original target date of 2021, this commitment was achieved in 2019.
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Consistent global standards and metrics encourage progress and accountability. That’s why we’re proud to align VF’s fundamental human rights commitment with the following instruments: • International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions; • ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work • Universal Declaration of Human Rights; • UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and, • UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" [...] "These Global Compliance Principles apply to all facilities that produce goods for VF Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, or affiliates, including facilities owned and operated by VF and its contractors, agents and suppliers, referred to in this document as VF Authorized Facilities. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "Women’s Rights - VF Authorized Facilities must ensure that women workers receive equal remuneration, including benefits, equal treatment, equal evaluation of the quality of their work and equal opportunity to fill all positions open to male workers. Pregnancy tests will not be a condition of employment, nor will they be demanded of employees. Workers who take maternity leave (of a duration determined by local and national laws) will not face dismissal nor threat of dismissal, loss of seniority or deduction of wages, and will be able to return to their former or comparable employment at the same rate of pay and benefits. Workers will not be forced or pressured to use contraception. Workers will not be exposed to hazards, including glues and solvents, which may endanger their safety, including their reproductive health. Facilities shall provide appropriate services and accommodation to women workers in connection with pregnancy."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Leather from the Amazon Biome must be 100% traceable to the slaughterhouse to verify the cattle have not contributed to new Amazon Deforestation. VF requires documentation to verify policy adherence. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance". With an original target date of 2021, this commitment was achieved in 2019.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: annually
          "VF’s risk assessment process considers the impact our activities may have on ecosystems. The tool used to assess this risk is external engagement with industry specialists. The information provided by outside stakeholders was used to inform the development of our Forest Derived Materials (FDM) and Animal Derived Materials (ADM) policies. Ecosystem protection is a critical component in these policies. VF’s FDM policy specifically highlights efforts to protect the Amazon Biome as well as an overarching effort to preserve high conservation value forests (HCVF)."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "VF Authorized Facilities must comply with all laws and regulations relating to environmental protection in the countries in which they operate. [...] VF Authorized Facilities must maintain on site all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with these Global Compliance Principles. VF and its subsidiaries will undertake affirmative measures, such as announced and unannounced on-site inspections of production facilities, to monitor compliance with these Global Compliance Principles. VF Authorized Facilities must allow VF representatives full access to production facilities, employee records and employees for confidential interviews in connection with monitoring visits. "
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: own
          "We have an Ethics Hotline through which employees, suppliers and other third parties can report violations of VF’s policies, including violations of our Conflict Minerals Policy. The number for the Ethics Hotline is (866) 492-3370."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Our contract supplier factories are expected to comply with VF’s Terms of Engagement and Factory Facility Guidelines. We verify compliance with our requirements through internal and third-party audits, including unannounced audits, as outlined in VF’s Factory Audit Procedures."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Republic Of Morocco, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Vietnam
          "Our disclosure accounts for 100% of Tier 1* and owned manufacturing facilities used by VF, and approximately 70% of Tier 2** facilities measured by spend for the period 2021’s Quarter 1 (January - March).*** Updated quarterly, the list fluctuates over time to reflect the seasonality of VF’s business and corresponding production. All factories must meet VF’s strict standards and adhere to our Global Compliance Principles. VF's Factory Compliance program continues to expand to cover VF’s Tier 2 factories. As of this publication, 217 Tier 2 factories have been audited under the VF Factory Compliance program, and Corrective Action Plans developed when required. VF’s supplier factory list will continue to expand on a regular basis*Tier 1 is defined as: Final product manufacturing and assembly facilities, as well as value-added operations subcontracted by Tier 1 vendors.**Tier 2 is defined as: Facilities that supply our Tier 1 factories with textiles, leather, down, polymers, trims, packaging, and hardware materials.***Supreme factories are not included in this factory disclosure at this time. VF’s process is to incorporate all new acquisitions along with their unique suppliers into our factory compliance program and disclosure process over a 12-15 month period from the time of acquisition."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "VF is committed to continuous improvement of the criteria and enforcement of its ADM policy. All existing and ne w suppliers of ADM’s must adhere to the below implementation process. Level 1 – Communication and Acknowledgement • VF will train and educate ADM suppliers regarding VF’s ADM policy. • VF will communicate ADM Policy to all ADM Suppliers.[...] If a supplier does not meet policy requirements, they must submit a plan to achieve policy adherence. Level 2 – Adherence & Self-Declaration • ADM suppliers must acknowledge their commitment to adhere to VF’s ADM Policy by providing a signed policy acknowledgement. • All suppliers (new and existing) must sign the VF ADM policy agreement declaring adherence to our criteria. • Suppliers must provide proof of country of origin and state or province where the animal was born and bred for all ADM’s sold to VF. Level 3 – Verification & Audit • 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."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the ADM policy

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plans 
          "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. • VF will ask ADM suppliers to begin to adopt third party ADM certifications where feasible and applicable. • VF will continue to activate our policy through ongoing processes as our supply chain evolves."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          "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."
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/88
      • Commitment Strength
        9/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "VF's FDM policy minimizes deforestation risks through four actions [...] Prioritizing the use of certified sustainable sources such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) that speak specifically to the criteria highlighted". "Our Forest Derived Materials policy states that materials associated with timber must contain a combination of recycled and/or certified materials in order to reduce our raw material usage and/or increase the traceability our raw materials."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "VF’s FDM policy minimizes deforestation risks through four actions [...] Prioritizing the use of certified sustainable sources such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) that speak specifically to the criteria highlighted". "Our Forest Derived Materials policy states that materials associated with timber must contain a combination of recycled and/or certified materials in order to reduce our raw material usage and/or increase the traceability our raw materials."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "VF’s FDM policy minimizes deforestation risks through four actions [...] Prioritizing the use of certified sustainable sources such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) that speak specifically to the criteria highlighted". "Our Forest Derived Materials policy states that materials associated with timber must contain a combination of recycled and/or certified materials in order to reduce our raw material usage and/or increase the traceability our raw materials."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "VF’s FDM policy minimizes deforestation risks through four actions [...] Prioritizing the use of certified sustainable sources such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) that speak specifically to the criteria highlighted". "Our Forest Derived Materials policy states that materials associated with timber must contain a combination of recycled and/or certified materials in order to reduce our raw material usage and/or increase the traceability our raw materials."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation [...] 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 regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation [...] 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 [...] This policy is applicable to all VF Brands, Coalitions, and Supply Chain Partners involved in the procurement, sourcing and manufacture of all products produced for any VF Brand (including but not limited to fabrics containing manmade cellulosic fibers, hangtags, shoeboxes, hangers, shopping bags, corrugate, tissue paper, store fixtures and solid wood furniture)."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Consistent global standards and metrics encourage progress and accountability. That’s why we’re proud to align VF’s fundamental human rights commitment with the following instruments: • International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions; • ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work • Universal Declaration of Human Rights; • UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and, • UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" [...] "These Global Compliance Principles apply to all facilities that produce goods for VF Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, or affiliates, including facilities owned and operated by VF and its contractors, agents and suppliers, referred to in this document as VF Authorized Facilities. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "Women’s Rights - VF Authorized Facilities must ensure that women workers receive equal remuneration, including benefits, equal treatment, equal evaluation of the quality of their work and equal opportunity to fill all positions open to male workers. Pregnancy tests will not be a condition of employment, nor will they be demanded of employees. Workers who take maternity leave (of a duration determined by local and national laws) will not face dismissal nor threat of dismissal, loss of seniority or deduction of wages, and will be able to return to their former or comparable employment at the same rate of pay and benefits. Workers will not be forced or pressured to use contraception. Workers will not be exposed to hazards, including glues and solvents, which may endanger their safety, including their reproductive health. Facilities shall provide appropriate services and accommodation to women workers in connection with pregnancy."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          VF Corp. commit to "Adoption of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) principles" for their timber sourcing.
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
             VF Corp. state that in 2019 they had achieved 31-40% of their target.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            VF Corp. state that in 2019 they had achieved 31-40% of their target.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          VF Corp. have a cut off date of 1993-1997 for their timber sourcing.
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "VF’s risk assessment process considers the impact our activities may have on ecosystems. The tool used to assess this risk is external engagement with industry specialists. The information provided by outside stakeholders was used to inform the development of our Forest Derived Materials (FDM) and Animal Derived Materials (ADM) policies. Ecosystem protection is a critical component in these policies. VF’s FDM policy specifically highlights efforts to protect the Amazon Biome as well as an overarching effort to preserve high conservation value forests (HCVF)."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "VF Authorized Facilities must comply with all laws and regulations relating to environmental protection in the countries in which they operate. [...] VF Authorized Facilities must maintain on site all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with these Global Compliance Principles. VF and its subsidiaries will undertake affirmative measures, such as announced and unannounced on-site inspections of production facilities, to monitor compliance with these Global Compliance Principles. VF Authorized Facilities must allow VF representatives full access to production facilities, employee records and employees for confidential interviews in connection with monitoring visits. "
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "We have an Ethics Hotline through which employees, suppliers and other third parties can report violations of VF’s policies, including violations of our Conflict Minerals Policy. The number for the Ethics Hotline is (866) 492-3370."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Our contract supplier factories are expected to comply with VF’s Terms of Engagement and Factory Facility Guidelines. We verify compliance with our requirements through internal and third-party audits, including unannounced audits, as outlined in VF’s Factory Audit Procedures."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?:  China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Republic Of Morocco, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Vietnam

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No
          "Our disclosure accounts for 100% of Tier 1* and owned manufacturing facilities used by VF, and approximately 70% of Tier 2** facilities measured by spend for the period 2021’s Quarter 1 (January - March).*** Updated quarterly, the list fluctuates over time to reflect the seasonality of VF’s business and corresponding production. All factories must meet VF’s strict standards and adhere to our Global Compliance Principles. VF's Factory Compliance program continues to expand to cover VF’s Tier 2 factories. As of this publication, 217 Tier 2 factories have been audited under the VF Factory Compliance program, and Corrective Action Plans developed when required. VF’s supplier factory list will continue to expand on a regular basis*Tier 1 is defined as: Final product manufacturing and assembly facilities, as well as value-added operations subcontracted by Tier 1 vendors.**Tier 2 is defined as: Facilities that supply our Tier 1 factories with textiles, leather, down, polymers, trims, packaging, and hardware materials.***Supreme factories are not included in this factory disclosure at this time. VF’s process is to incorporate all new acquisitions along with their unique suppliers into our factory compliance program and disclosure process over a 12-15 month period from the time of acquisition."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "VF is committed to continuous improvement of the criteria and enforcement of its FDM policy. We have set the following compliance and time-bounded goals. All existing suppliers of FDMs must adhere to the below implementation timeline. New suppliers of FDMs will be given the same time-period to achieve policy adherence starting from their initial contract date [.. ] Begin to train and educate FDM suppliers regarding VF’s FDM policy • Communicate FDM Policy to all FDM Suppliers [...] All suppliers (new and existing) must sign the VF FDM policy agreement declaring adherence to our criteria and 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 [...] "VF requires certificates from suppliers to confirm compliance. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with FDM policy

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plans
          "VF is committed to continuous improvement of the criteria and enforcement of its FDM policy. We have set the following compliance and time-bounded goals. All existing suppliers of FDMs must adhere to the below implementation timeline. New suppliers of FDMs will be given the same time-period to achieve policy adherence starting from their initial contract date [.. ] Begin to train and educate FDM suppliers regarding VF’s FDM policy • Communicate FDM Policy to all FDM Suppliers [...] All suppliers (new and existing) must sign the VF FDM policy agreement declaring adherence to our criteria and 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 [...] "VF requires certificates from suppliers to confirm compliance. Non-compliance is subject to corrective action plans in a similar fashion to other forms of supplier non-compliance."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          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". 
  • Commitment strength
    10/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    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. VF Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

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

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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