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VF scores high marks for inclusivity on the Corporate Equality Index

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VF scores high marks for inclusivity on the Corporate Equality Index

November 18, 2015

You can’t have powerful brands and powerful products without a powerful workforce. To VF Corporation, this means an inclusive workplace. Attesting to the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, VF has scored high marks on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. VF’s score, 85, reflects a strong commitment to LGBT workplace equality, including non-discriminatory policies, benefits, and practices.

Certainly, VF is a diversified—and diverse—company. As a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, VF operates in 120 locations around the world, has more than 30 brands, 60,000 associates and $12.3 billion in revenue.

“Our business model embraces diversity in product, location and talent. New ideas are critical to our success, and we have always believed that a diverse workplace fuels both innovation and industry,” says Sheila Carmichael, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion at VF.

Ensuring that VF’s workplace consistently embraces non-discriminatory policies, benefits, and practices across more than 30 brands requires collaboration, coordination and the commitment of the whole organization.

“The strong CEI score is the outcome of the highly collaborative effort among VF’s leadership, its HR business partners, and personnel from the company’s business operations,” added Carmichael.

VF is committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on its continuing pursuit of workplace equality for the LGBT community.