Our Approach to Environmental Sustainability
By dedicating ourselves to using the earth’s resources efficiently and thoughtfully, VF will remain competitive in a resource-conscious marketplace and will help to ensure future generations live in a cleaner, healthier world.
VF is one of the largest apparel and footwear companies in the world, with more than 30 brands, 60,000+ associates and a multifaceted supply chain that manufactures close to 500 million products each year.
With this scale comes responsibility. We recognize that we impact economies, communities and ecosystems on a local, regional and global level. VF’s approach is to clearly understand the effects we have, proactively address those impacts and relentlessly seek ways to improve ourselves and our global industry. Our consumers, customers, associates and communities demand no less.
In 2011, we identified and assessed those areas in our value chain where we have significant levels of control or influence. From manufacturing and shipping our products to lighting our stores and running our offices, our business operations require a significant amount of energy and water, and they also generate waste. Because of this, we have chosen to focus on energy, water and waste.