Animal Derived Materials
We believe that all animals should be treated with care and respect. That's why we developed an Animal Derived Materials (ADM) Policy in consultation with Humane Society International to solidify our commitment to sourcing animal derived materials from suppliers that treat animals ethically and humanely. The policy prohibits the use of fur and endangered or exotic animal species in VF products. The ADM policy applies to all VF brands and supply chain partners involved in the procurement, sourcing and manufacture of any products on behalf of our brands.
In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules intended to address the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups to finance violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighboring African countries. We established a robust program to ensure compliance with these rules across our supply chain and are committed to sourcing materials from suppliers that align with our values on human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility. We report annually to the SEC on our program's efforts.
Cotton Fiber Sourcing
Due to concerns associated with established forced labor, child labor and militant groups for cotton farming in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria, we have banned the use of cotton from these countries. Our Cotton Fiber Sourcing Policy details mandatory steps that all VF suppliers must take to track the origin and flow of material through each stage of their cotton supply chains.
Forest Derived Materials
VF's focus on using responsibly sourced materials includes our commitment to protect the world's forests. In consultation with Canopy, Rainforest Alliance and Stand.Earth, we developed a Forest Derived Materials (FDM) Policy that covers the sustainable and responsible sourcing of forest products used in our supply chain. This policy aims to prevent any contributions to deforestation or to the degradation of forest habitats and indigenous populations.
Restricted Substance List
To achieve the performance and functionality our consumers expect of our products such as waterproofing, heat resistance and breathability, sophisticated chemistry is sometimes required. Managing the responsible use of these chemicals to safeguard the health and well-being of our workers, suppliers and consumers is of utmost importance. Our Restricted Substance List serves as the foundation for our actions to prevent unwanted chemicals from entering our supply chain and provides guidance to our suppliers for compliance with local, national and international laws on chemical management, use and disposal.
CHEM-IQ℠ is VF's innovative chemical management program. It was created to provide a simple, cost-effective and scalable method for identifying and eliminating unwanted chemicals before they enter our manufacturing process. We collaborated extensively with a network of stakeholders to develop the tool, including major chemical manufacturers, universities and NGOs such as Natural Resources Defense Council.
Code of Business Conduct
As an industry leader, we have a responsibility to conduct our business the right way - and we are deeply committed to doing so. That means treating everyone we encounter - inside and outside our company - with the highest levels of honesty, integrity and respect. Our Code of Business Conduct applies to all VF directors, officers and associates and outlines the principles that guide our daily operations.
VF Terms of Engagement
Our Terms of Engagement govern our supplier relationships. The Terms include our policies on issues such as ethical standards and intellectual property rights so that our suppliers adhere to a single set of policies, despite cultural or legal differences. We require all suppliers to submit a signed Terms of Engagement document before they can begin work on behalf of our company.
Global Compliance Principles
Any supplier working with VF must adhere to the Global Compliance Principles included in our Terms of Engagement. These principles outline our expectations for how every business partner and supplier behaves and treats their workers. This includes criteria on human rights, ethical practices, health and safety, transparency, environmental requirements and subcontracting. We conduct routine Factory Compliance Audits at every contract supplier facility to confirm their adherence to these principles.
Our owned and operated facilities contribute to VF's overall environmental impact and to our associates' health and productivity. Our Green Building Standards require LEED certification and/or other sustainability criteria that is applied to all newly constructed buildings, whether they are offices, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers or retail stores.
Responsible use of water is an essential component of our environmental responsibility. We require our manufacturing partners to ensure the water used to produce our products is treated properly before returning it to the surrounding ecosystem and community. All manufacturing partners must follow our Global Wastewater Discharge Standards, which are in line with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) wastewater discharge standards.