VF’s Terms of Engagement govern our relationships with our suppliers. The Terms include our policies on issues such as ethical standards and intellectual property rights. They ensure that VF suppliers adhere to a single set of policies, despite any cultural or legal differences. We require all suppliers to submit a signed Terms of Engagement document before they begin work on behalf of our company. If a contractor, supplier or agent fails to comply with the Terms, VF will reevaluate, and possibly terminate, its relationship with the organization. Our first choice, however, will be to work with the organization to improve their policies and standards, with the goal of achieving full compliance.
Adherence to the Terms of Engagement, including the Global Compliance Principles that follow, ensure all VF products are consistently manufactured according to VF’s best-in-class standards.
Ethical Standards VF will only do business with contractors, suppliers and agents that operate within a set of ethical standards compatible with VF’s Code of Business Conduct.
Legal Requirements VF will only do business with contractors, suppliers and agents that comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they operate.
Intellectual Property Rights VF will not do business with contractors, suppliers and agents that do not respect the intellectual property rights of the company’s brands.
Product Labeling All VF contractors, suppliers and agents must accurately label the company’s products with the country of origin, in compliance with the laws of the United States and those of the country of manufacture. For products shipped to countries others than the United States, the laws of the importing country will prevail.
Indemnification Every VF contractor will indemnify and hold VF harmless from and against all losses arising out of or resulting from such contractor’s failure to adhere to these Terms of Engagement.
VF Corporation Global Compliance Principles All VF manufacturers will manufacture products in accordance with the VF Global Compliance Principles.