Policies and Standards
Forest Derived Materials:
VF’s focus on using responsibly sourced materials includes our commitment to protecting the world’s forests. Our Forest Derived Materials Policy provides guidance to VF associates and our suppliers for all direct and indirect procurement of materials with an impact on forests and/or forest habitats.
For the materials that go into our products, we support the CanopyStyle initiative to eliminate the use of ancient and endangered forests in the production of manmade cellulosic materials such as rayon and viscose from our industry by 2017. Forests such as the Boreal, Coastal Temperate Rainforests and tropical rainforests including the Amazon and Indonesia are landscapes where, together, the initiative supports lasting conservation solutions and respect for the rights of local communities.
For the purchase of indirect materials such as paper and packaging, we strive to use products made with recycled fiber whenever possible and believe in the use of Responsible Forest Management Practices. We promote the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper and fiber, and look to elevate all third party forestry management certification systems by requiring additional supplier information to assess risk of these other sources.
VF partnered with Canopy and other external stakeholders and NGOs to develop this policy. And, in the spirit of continuous improvement, we will continue to collaborate with our suppliers and other like-minded organizations to evaluate more closed-loop, low impact alternatives and recycled content options, and advance responsible forest management practices overall.
VF’s Restricted Substance List serves as the basic mechanism to ensure our factories are in compliance with local, national and international laws. The list is included in our Terms of Engagement for suppliers and is implemented through vendor trainings, product design, factory audits and product testing. We require all of our suppliers, vendors, business partners and licensees to implement and verify compliance with the RSL.
CHEM-IQ℠ is VF's innovative chemical management program. It provides a simple, cost-effective and scalable method for identifying and eliminating unwanted chemistries before they enter our manufacturing process.
In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules intended to address the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups to finance violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring countries in Africa (the DRC region).
As one of the world’s largest apparel companies, we take our social responsibilities seriously. VF is committed to sourcing product and materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility.
Code of Business Conduct:
In 2014, our Board of Directors adopted an updated Code of Business Conduct, which applies to all VF directors, officers and associates. Our Code outlines the principles that have guided our company throughout the years, and that continue to guide us today.