Sustainability & Responsibility
Dec 05, 2018

Cultivating a world-class team

Everything we’ve achieved to date—and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead—is testament to our people. We thrive on their talent, creativity, and insight, and have established policies that embrace their unique experiences and backgrounds, and that enable them to excel through meaningful, rewarding work.

We’re committed to ensuring that our company reflects the rich diversity of the consumers and communities we serve. We see an inclusive and diverse workforce as key to driving impressive performance, productive collaboration, and enhanced innovation.

We’re continually adapting our culture to encourage and enable our associates to thrive in both a personal and professional capacity. We’re committed to being the best employer for each and every one of our people, and we foster an environment that celebrates the differences among our associates, customers, suppliers, and communities. At VF, we believe there’s strength in our diversity, and power in our collective vision.

Wherever we operate, we take concrete action to help our people break down barriers to fulfilling their potential. By removing obstacles and empowering individuals to redefine their boundaries, we change the way we think about our work and our purpose, and we open ourselves up to opportunity.

For example, in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, our Dickies brand, which has been around for 100 years, supports students at Trimble Tech High School by donating workwear, fabrics, and trims for use across various disciplines from metal shop to fashion design. Programs like this inspire and empower the next generation of workers to realise their ambitions and develop their capacity to shape their future.

Our approach to recruitment also sees us implement strategies to ensure our brands build teams that pursue meaningful gender parity and ethnic representations. Our Exclusive Inclusion & Diversity Council works across all VF operations to drive strategies to achieve our goals.

The world’s changing and so are the skills needed to excel at work. We’re equipping people with the latest skillset to succeed in today’s ever-changing workforce environment, while  also embracing agile, flexible working styles to support our associates in finding the best possible work-life balance.

In Mexico, Dickies de Parras has embraced a holistic approach to support personal growth. From day one to retirement, Dickies de Parras supports associates through a wealth of motivational events, targeted health campaigns, and various family and community activities. Meanwhile, Dickies de Honduras offers associates and their families access to educational courses, health activities, and the chance to support social projects—from working with sick children to involvement in reforestation initiatives.

Boosting benefits

We look well beyond a 9 to 5 mentality and actively support our people beyond the workplace. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer our associates a growing list of benefits, including the opportunity for flexible working, up to 19 weeks’ parental leave for new moms and dads in the U.S., and access to a free Employee Assistance Program. Our Smartwool brand even incorporates a “powder clause” in its benefit package, so that whenever more than 6 inches of snow falls, associates can commence work later in order to enjoy a morning of skiing in fresh powder!

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