VF Statement Regarding ASPI Report Inaccuracies

Jul 21, 2020

VF is committed to upholding internationally recognized human rights throughout our global supply chain, including prohibiting any forced labor or modern slavery.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) “Uyghurs for Sale” policy brief, which connects VF Corporation’s brand The North Face® to Nanjing Synergy Textiles is incorrect. VF and The North Face have never had a business relationship with Nanjing Synergy Textiles. VF ended its relationship with the parent company, Victory City Holdings International, in July 2016, two years prior to the October 2018 news reports regarding Xinjiang workers that are referenced in the ASPI report.

VF has clearly communicated the facts to ASPI. As of April 17, ASPI updated its report online via an asterisk stating the information VF provided. VF has repeatedly requested that ASPI delete the reference to The North Face® brand from the report to ensure accuracy. By continuing to include inaccurate information in its report, which is the primary source of information being used by other third-party organizations, ASPI is  continuing to encourage the spread of false information and accusations.   

Therefore, any entity citing this report as evidence attempting to connect VF or The North Face to Nanjing Synergy Textiles is also contributing to the spread of false information.

We believe that VF, in partnership with others in our industry, plays an important role in upholding human rights and eradicating forced labor of all kinds from global apparel and footwear supply chains. Comprehensive and sustainable solutions require commitment and cooperation across our industry, along with civil society and governments who are willing to engage. VF remains committed to working on solutions.