Climate

It’s time to act

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.

Goals

01

Decarbonize our value chain by 2030, meeting ambitious science-based targets


02

Use 100% renewable energy by 2025


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Drive a 35% reduction in the impact of our key materials by 2025


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Achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050, in line with the United Nations (UN) Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action


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Spark global movements that engage, educate, and inspire action around the climate crisis

“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:

  • An absolute reduction of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 55 percent by 2030, from a 2017 baseline year; and
  • An absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030, from a 2017 baseline year focusing on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations and logistics.

Taking a multi-dimensional approach

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.

Commitments

In 2018, along with 40 other fashion and apparel companies, we signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, as part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Signatories have agreed to work as separate organizations and collectively through various working groups to meet demanding commitments, including:

  • Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050
  • Reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030
  • Setting a credible science-based decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry
  • Supporting the movement toward circular business models
  • Building dialogue with governments to enable the energy infrastructure required for systemic change

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