Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, driving far-reaching and irreversible damage to the environment and negatively impacting millions of lives. At VF, we’re committed to leading the way toward a lower carbon future. We’re cutting our carbon emissions, driving emissions reduction across our supply chain, and we’re championing a global movement for coordinated action.
Reduce scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions 55% by 2030, from a 2017 baseline year.
Reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and upstream transportation 30% by 2030 from a 2017 baseline year.
Utilize 100% renewable energy across our owned-and-operated facilities by 2025
Achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050, in line with the United Nations (UN) Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
“We are proud to use business as a force for climate action.”
– Jeanne Renne-Malone
VP of Sustainability, VF
Just imagine: a future in which the products consumers use actually help fight climate change. A future in which the activities of businesses can be climate positive – rebuilding, rather than extracting from, the Earth’s resources. Achieving this future is not as far off as it may seem and we believe we have an important role to play.
Our purpose puts our planet and people front and center. Our scale and success create a clear responsibility to conduct business in better ways. We can, and will, make a difference.
We are committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of our business across our value chain. We established our targets using the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)—a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the World Resources Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, and the UN Global Compact.
Some of the most ambitious in our industry, our SBTs include:
Climate change isn’t a straightforward problem. It’s an all-encompassing, multi-faceted issue that impacts every single aspect of life on earth today. That’s why we’re taking a multi-dimensional approach, using the best data and modelling to accurately understand our impact and to confront the most complex questions toward reducing our impacts.
At the core of our multi-dimensional approach lies a focus on human impact above abstract numbers and figures. We take into account our processes and materials, the biodiversity of our ecosystems and, of course, the preferences and expectations of our consumers.
And, just as importantly, consider the trade-offs often experienced when solving individual pieces of the sustainability puzzle. What if a material has a low carbon impact but is produced in a way that affects the standard of living of supply chain workers? What if we switch to using more paper instead of plastic, at the risk of increasing deforestation? These are just a couple of the many questions we ask when making our decisions.
One thing is clear: the answers need to be evidence based, and this evidence must be comprehensive. We’ve adopted the Science-Based Targets (SBT) methodology, which means we’re working from the same playbook as others in and beyond our industry, driving forward efficiency and unity.