As our world evolves, our industry needs to evolve with it. Traditional thinking says the bigger the business, the greater its negative impact. We’re turning that on its head to challenge ourselves - and prove to the world - that big can be positive. By using our scale to be a force for good in the world, we can amplify the amount of shared-value for our stakeholders.
Scale for Good is about using our size and influence to lead the transformation our industry needs. We will bring the full force of VF to bear on three of our industry’s biggest challenges – climate change, materials and worker well-being.
Scale for Good includes three priority workstreams:
Confronting these challenges will demand the discipline and capabilities of our business mindset, the ingenuity of our brand teams and the creativity of our innovation engine. And in doing this work, we will prove that there is more value in solving climate change than contributing to it, in respecting human rights than ignoring them and in protecting the environment than destroying it.
Our goal is to improve the lives of 1 million workers and halve our environmental footprint.
At VF, we’re climate optimists because we believe we can be part of the solution. It will take bold, concerted action to get there, but many of the technologies necessary to slow rising global temperatures exist today and the roadmap is clear. Inspired by the work of Professor Johan Rockstrom of the Stockholm Resilience Institute, we’re pursuing three climate work streams that will enable us to meet our goal of halving our carbon footprint by 2030:Read More
The materials that go into our products make up anywhere from half to as much as 90 percent of our environmental impact.
Over the past decade, VF and our brands have played a significant role in advancing the sustainability of materials across the apparel and footwear industries. Notably, much of our work has been on driving transparency around the impacts of different materials in collaboration with industry coalitions and peers.Read More
We will continue this path by being one of the first apparel and footwear companies to use the new standardized industry measurement tool, the Material Sustainability Index (MSI). We will use the MSI as a guide to help us improve the average impact of our key materials by 35 percent by 2025. It’s a first step toward what we hope will become a way to standardize and compare impacts across our industry.
Our long-term goal is to share this information with consumers and make sustainability information for apparel as accessible and easy to understand as a nutrition label for food. The next phase of our work will focus on using our scale to inform more sustainable material choices across our brands and the industry. In tandem, we will work to embed transparency and data into the heart of materials decision-making industry-wide.
The apparel supply chain supports tens of millions of jobs worldwide. In fact, more than one million people work in the VF supply chain alone. Through those jobs, we can be a powerful force for good by empowering workers and their families to pursue a better life and by contributing to thriving communities and economies. In turn, our business depends on access to talented workers and stable markets.Read More
Our worker well-being ambition is clear: to ensure each job in our supply chain improves the lives of our workers. This means ensuring safety becomes a given in every factory, that respect for human rights is universal, and that we create positive impact in the communities where we source our products through worker and community well-being programs.
Our goal is to improve the lives of 1 million workers by 2025.
Building on our strong foundation of supporting workers, this work will focus in three areas:
Collaborating with our contract suppliers is essential on this journey. We will continue to strengthen our relationships with them and deploy programs designed to improve their operations, support and safeguard workers, and enhance their local communities.