Ethics & Compliance


At VF, integrity never goes out of style. To us, values such as honesty and respect are more than just words – they’re embedded in everything we do.

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 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 input into Program-related initiatives. VF’s Vice President 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 apply a collaborative and inclusive perspective in the way we manage our Program across the globe.

Code of Business Conduct

In 2017, VF's 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 values and Guiding Principles can come to life in our day-to-day actions.

By setting forth the high standards that VF expects, our Code of Conduct serves as a pledge we make to our shareholders, our stakeholders 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

Oct 22, 2019

The Five Key Principles of Our Code

  1. 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.

  2. We Will Treat Everyone With Dignity and Respect

    Our people are our greatest asset and we know that what makes VF great is our 50,000 associates and our many partners worldwide.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. We Will Strive to Make Our Communities Better

    As one of the largest apparel, footwear, and accessories 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 associates. The Helpline is available 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 isn't just for 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.

Annual Internal Investigations Summary

We make every effort to investigate reported concerns appropriately, consistently, and in a timely manner.

VF investigated a total of 1021 reports globally in 2019, received through the Ethics Helpline and direct reporting to the Company via our Open Door Policy. Forty-seven percent of the reports received were made anonymously. Out of the 1021 total reports, 124 were requests for guidance. Approximately 49% of the reports containing allegations were found to be substantiated. All substantiated reports resulted in either training, coaching, policy review or disciplinary action.

We use this data, both qualitative and quantitative, to inform our actions and ensure they align with our vision and values. This includes working to identify areas of opportunity, improving upon our policies, processes, and best practices and creating occasions to provide additional training and resources within our organization. With these actions, we commit to furthering our Open Door culture and ensuring we act with integrity for our shareholders, our customers and our associates.

Training and Awareness

To reinforce our 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

Italian Legislative Decree No. 231/01

Introduces the direct liability for companies when unlawful conduct has been carried out by its directors and employees in order to the benefit of the company.

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UK Tax Strategy Statement

Our company seeks to ensure our values drive our tax strategy and that it remains aligned with our business and commercial goals. To do so, VF follows the below principles regarding UK taxation.

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UK Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

VF operates three distinct legal entities in the United Kingdom, each with over 250 employees.  The detail in this report covers the gender pay data for each entity: VF Northern Europe Ltd., which is responsible for our UK Wholesale Business, as well as for providing centralized services to the EMEA region; VF Northern Europe Services Ltd., which is responsible for our UK Retail Stores operation; and, Williamson-Dickie, a global workwear company, which operates in the UK through its legal entity Williamson-Dickie Europe Ltd.  Williamson-Dickie was acquired by VF on October 2, 2017. 

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UK Gender Pay Gap Report 2017

VF operates two distinct legal entities in the United Kingdom, each with over 250 employees. The detail in this report covers the gender pay data for both entities; VF Northern Europe Ltd. which is responsible for our UK Wholesale Business, as well as for providing centralized services to the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, and VF Northern Europe Services Ltd. which is responsible for our UK Retail Stores operation.

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France Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

French Law for Gender Pay Equality of 5th September 2018 requires companies operating in France to disclose the result of mandatory indicators regarding pay gap of its France-based employees broken out by gender. VF’s 2018 score in this initiative was 80/100. This score is the result of our consistent policy for equal pay between women and men, reflecting our company’s focus on gender equity and a larger commitment to advancing inclusion and diversity. We will continue to pursue opportunities that will help us improve our score and achieve greater parity in pay by gender in every country where we operate. Learn More

Index de l’égalité professionnelle femmes-hommes 2018 en France

La loi “Avenir professionnel” du 5 septembre 2018 impose aux entreprises françaises de publier le score de l’index sur l’égalité professionnelle entre les femmes et les hommes de leurs salariés en France.

Pour 2018, VF obtient un score de 80/100. Ce résultat est le fruit d’une politique constante en matière d’égalité salariale entre les femmes et les hommes, qui reflète notre engagement sur l’équité femmes-hommes et plus largement sur la promotion de l’intégration et de la diversité. Nous allons poursuivre nos efforts afin d’accroître notre score et d’atteindre une plus grande équité salariale entre les femmes et les hommes dans chaque pays où nous opérons.