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VF Goes “Fur Free” with New Animal Derived Materials Policy

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VF Goes “Fur Free” with New Animal Derived Materials Policy

May 9, 2017

VF Corporation’s latest materials policy sets formal guidelines for the procurement and use of approved materials by the company’s brands and Global Supply Chain partners. The progressive Animal Derived Materials Policy is the first-ever for VF, which developed the policy in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) and Humane Society International.

The animal derived materials most often used by VF and its brands are leather, down and wool. Under the policy, VF brands will no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather in their products.

“As we continue to promote the development of viable commercial substitutes to animal materials, this policy will help to ensure that the materials we use today are procured from sources that prioritize animal welfare and responsible business practices,” said Letitia Webster, VF’s Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability. 

Other recent VF initiatives related to animal derived materials include:

  • Timberland® collaborated with other footwear brands, tanneries and retailers to form the Leather Working Group to promote responsible practices within the leather industry.
  • In 2014, The North Face® collaborated with Control Union and Textile Exchange to unveil its Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a global standard to allow brands to evaluate and certify their complete down supply chains. 

“The Humane Society of the United States applauds VF for demonstrating compassionate leadership in the apparel and footwear industries,” said PJ Smith, manager of fashion policy for The HSUS. “This robust policy sets a bar to which others in the industry should aspire.” 

Earlier this year, VF announced a new Forest Derived Materials policy. The company also has rules governing the purchase and use of Conflict Minerals and Cotton Country of Origin, in addition to a Restricted Substances List for its chemical management program.

Learn more about the new Animal Derived Materials Policy here.