Every day, more than one million people go to work in a job that supports the production of VF products. This massive workforce spans thousands of facilities across approximately 50 countries.
The apparel industry is often one of the first industries to enter developing countries. In many cases, these countries lack the laws, policies, standards or infrastructure needed to support safe and healthy working environments. As one of the world’s largest apparel and footwear companies, we understand our opportunity to help set up stable and safe working environments at our contract supplier factories and deploy programs outside the factory walls that have positive impacts on the surrounding communities. Our analyses consistently prove that workers who are treated fairly, enjoy good health and work in safe environments contribute to a more productive facility. This is not only important to our business, it falls squarely in line with our core values of honesty, integrity and respect. As such, we’ve made worker well-being a priority of our Made for Change strategy, and we've set a goal to measurably improve the lives of 2 million workers and others within their communities by 2030.