A Positive Influence on Our Industry
We are committed to ensuring all individuals engaged in VF’s work are treated with integrity, honesty, respect and dignity. And we expect no less of our suppliers.
Our Global Compliance Program states that every associate has certain essential rights: the right to fair compensation; the right to associate freely and bargain collectively; the right to work free from discrimination and harassment; and the right to a safe, clean workplace. We regard these rights as non-negotiable imperatives. And we expect our suppliers to behave in a similarly ethical manner. We invest the time and effort necessary to properly vet prospective and contract suppliers to ensure they are in compliance with VF’s Global Compliance Principles.
We or our licensees source product from approximately 1,800 facilities in more than 60 countries, and each facility making products for us or our licensees must be audited by a VF auditor or an approved third-party audit company prior to the submission of any purchase order. Our contract factories must meet our standards – so our inspection process goes far beyond a simple check-the-box exercise. As part of our rigorous assessment process, we interview workers, review supplier records and conduct on-site inspections of factory floors, kitchens and associate lodging (where it exists) to ensure workers are being treated fairly.