Our approach to waste management addresses the areas where we have the greatest level of control and where we can achieve the highest levels of improvement. Since 2014, our waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives have led to more than 135,082 metric tons of waste being diverted from landfills. We have engaged thousands of associates in our distribution centers and offices in our zero-waste journey, creating enthusiasm and spurring meaningful actions to help us deliver on our waste and financial goals. We have tailored our waste reduction efforts to the distinct types of facilities across our operations.
Before consumers can wear a new jacket or pair of shoes, every product must be packaged and shipped. VF’s wholesale customers, retail stores and e-commerce sites are supported by a global network of distribution centers that receive products in bulk from manufacturers, and then repackage and ship them to stores and homes around the world – a process that creates substantial packaging waste. To address this, we have committed to achieving 100 percent zero-waste operations at all VF distribution centers by 2020. Fourteen of our 30 centers have achieved zero-waste status, seven each in the U.S. and EMEA region, helping us move closer to our goal.