We have actively promoted smart climate change policy since 2010 as a member of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). In 2015, we joined NGOs and industry partners, including We Mean Business and BICEP, to raise our voice in support of the global Paris Climate Agreement. As part of this work we met with policymakers in Washington, D.C., issued open letters of support in the media, took the American Business Act on Climate Pledge alongside more than 150 companies, published an op-ed by The North Face® brand leadership calling for action in Outside Online and joined other business leaders in Paris at COP21.
In 2017, we again partnered with others to call on the U.S. government to remain a committed member of the global Paris Climate Agreement. Our Chairman and CEO, Steve Rendle, communicated our position directly to President Trump and his Administration. Regardless of the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord, we remain committed to limiting our emissions in line with scientific recommendations. That’s why, in 2017, we began the process of setting science-based climate targets. We are doing everything we can as a leader in the apparel and footwear industry to limit our contribution to climate change – and through our actions we seek to inspire others to do the same.
“Climate change and its effects are real. It is our responsibility to help protect the natural environments we all share and are passionate about exploring, and acting as a responsible corporate citizen is foundational to who we are – and how we behave at VF. We will act in a way that inspires others to follow.“– Steve Rendle, CEO, VF Corporation
Our CEO and many of our brand presidents have signed onto the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Protect Our Winters (POW) CEO Climate Change Pledge, in which we commit to reduce our own impacts and ask political leaders to enact climate change policies. Several of our brands have been vocal advocates for climate action and policy for many years through various forms of community and consumer engagement. The North Face® brand has been the lead sponsor of Protect Our Winters' Hot Planet/Cool Athletes climate education program since 2011. The program brings professional athletes to middle and high schools across the U.S. for fun and interactive climate change lessons.
Advocating for renewable energy is another way we work to advance progress on climate change. As a signatory of RE100, we are expanding the use of renewable energy across our own value chain with a goal to source 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources in our owned and operated facilities by 2025. To amplify this, in 2016, we signed the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles to spur wider adoption of renewable energy beyond our owned and operated facilities and into our extended supply chain through conscious procurement decisions.