Ethics and Compliance Program

Our Ethics and Compliance Program helps ensure our associates have the guidance and resources needed to operate with the highest standards of corporate conduct in all of our business dealings globally. The Program is led by our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, who also serves as our Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Senior executives form our Ethics and Compliance Leadership Council, which focuses on monitoring the effectiveness of our program and providing guidance and input into Program-related initiatives. VF’s Senior Director of Ethics and Compliance, manages the Program’s day-to-day operations. Through collaboration with Ethics and Compliance liaisons worldwide – associates who support our program in addition to their primary responsibilities – we strive to ensure a collaborative and inclusive perspective in the way we manage our Program across the globe.  

Program Framework

The Six Pillars

Code of Business Conduct

In 2014, our Board of Directors adopted an updated Code of Business Conduct, which applies to all VF directors, officers and associates.  Our Code outlines the principles that have guided our company throughout the years, and that continue to guide us today. 

The Code provides direction on acting in accordance with laws, other legal requirements and company policies.  VF also provides more detailed policies and procedures for demonstrating ethical behavior, many of which are referenced in the Code.  Our Code contains Q&A scenarios to demonstrate ways in which our core values can come to life in our day-to-day interactions with others. 

By setting forth the high standards that VF expects, our Code of Conduct serves as a pledge we make to our shareholders, our customers and each other.  All VF associates worldwide are expected to read and acknowledge our Code and to become familiar with its contents. 

Reflecting VF’s global reach and the diversity of our associates, our Code is available in 24 languages.

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Code of Business Conduct

The Code of Business Conduct sets forth business policies and principles for all directors, officers and associates of VF

April 15, 2014

The Five Key Principles of Our Code

We Will Lead With Integrity

At VF, everyone is expected to demonstrate the characteristics of a leader. We are each responsible for ensuring that our colleagues and business partners feel comfortable asking questions and raising concerns.

We Will Treat Everyone With Dignity and Respect

Our people are our greatest asset and we know that what makes VF great is our more than 60,000 associates and our many partners worldwide.

We Will Compete Fairly and Honestly

Winning in the right way is essential to our success and our Code of Conduct contains important information about avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring that we keep accurate accounting and financial records.

We Will Follow the Law Everywhere We Do Business

As a global business, we commit to following the law and ensuring compliance in our daily operations worldwide.

We Will Strive To Make Our Communities Better

As one of the largest apparel and footwear companies in the world, we have a responsibility and an opportunity to lead our industry toward a better future. Our efforts related to sustainability and responsibility, community engagement and adherence to our Global Compliance Principles help us keep our commitment to making our communities better.

Ethics Helpline

VF is committed to fostering dialogue and communication through multiple channels, including our Open Door Policy and our Ethics Helpline. The Helpline is a free, confidential way for anyone to seek guidance, ask a question or raise a concern. It is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week in every country where VF has employees. Reporters can contact the Helpline in over 100 languages, and anonymous reporting is available where allowed by law. Each report is reviewed by a member of our Ethics and Compliance team and assigned to an appropriate investigator.

Helpline Availability

Our Ethics Helpline is not only available to VF associates. Anyone who wishes to raise a concern about a potential violation of our Code of Business Conduct or the law can contact the Helpline 24 hours a day/seven days a week.

Non-Retaliation Policy

VF does not tolerate retaliation against an associate for making a good faith report of a potential violation of our Code of Conduct, a company policy or the law or for participating in an investigation.

Training and Awareness

To ensure ongoing commitment to and understanding of our values-based principles, the Ethics and Compliance Program provides online and facilitator-led training on our Code of Business Conduct and other important topics such as anti-corruption, conflicts of interest, fair competition and intellectual property. Our Code of Conduct training also offers associates the opportunity to raise a concern about a potential violation of our Code while completing the training online.


Percentage of Associates who have completed assigned online code of conduct training

*As of 1/31/2017