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VF Releases First-Ever Forest Derived Materials Policy

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VF Releases First-Ever Forest Derived Materials Policy

February 27, 2017

Building on its multifaceted sustainability platform, VF Corporation has released the company’s first-ever Forest Derived Materials Policy.

The program establishes formal guidelines for the company’s purchasing preferences and use of sustainable forest materials and products. It aims to curb deforestation and forest degradation, including the loss of ancient and endangered forests, loss of biodiversity and habitat, use of forced labor in making forestry products and loss of indigenous peoples and local community rights.

The policy emphasizes the use of products made with recycled fiber whenever possible. Also, it promotes the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper and fiber while striving to elevate all third-party forestry management certification systems. 

“Deforestation and forest degradation continues to be a global issue affecting climate change and human rights,” said Letitia Webster, VF’s Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability. “This policy provides clear guidance across our many purchasing categories, and it enables us to play our part in protecting the world’s forests.”

VF partnered with NGOs and external stakeholders, including Canopy, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate. VF’s policy supports the CanopyStyle initiative and its goal to eliminate the use of ancient and endangered forests in the production of fabrics such as rayon and viscose from the apparel industry by the end of 2017.

The policy complements VF’s broader efforts to use responsibly sourced materials throughout its global operations and supply chain. The company also developed and adheres to existing policies for the purchase and use of Conflict Minerals, Cotton Country of Origin and Animal Derived Materials, in addition to a Restricted Substances List for its chemical management program.

More information about the new policy is available here.