A Movement To Reform Fashion
VF Corporation owns The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Supreme, Dickies and many other brands.
4-1-20 – VF Corporation (Vans, Timberland, The North Face, et al) is among the first brands to reverse its decision to cancel orders without payment and #PayUp. Originally, VF Corp. had cancelled or put on hold $56 million worth of completed or in-process orders in Bangladesh alone. By reversing this decision, countless suppliers and garment workers were spared from financial destitution.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
8-11-21 – VF Corp. has failed to Keep Workers Safe. The company has not agreed to PayUp Fashion’s demands that brands contribute to the Severance Guarantee Fund for laid-off garment workers and contribute 1% of net revenue towards direct relief for garment workers impacted by the pandemic. VF Corp. is a signatory to the ILO Call to Action, which promised eleven months ago to “protect garment workers’ income,” but the Call to Action has to date released a staggeringly insufficient sum of money to garment workers (less than $200 million to just four countries) and is in no way a satisfactory response to this crisis.
7-1-21 – VF Corp has committed to disclose all of its Tier 1 cut-and-sew suppliers, in alignment with its commitment to the Transparency Pledge. The company has also disclosed approximately 70% of its Tier 2 suppliers, which refers to fabric producers. VF Corp thus receives some credit for its transparency progress. To receive a “YES” for Action 3 on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, it must a) additionally disclose its Tier 3 (yarn and fiber mills) and Tier 4 (raw materials) suppliers; b) disclose the wages of the lowest-earning workers at each factory and c) share audit and remediation reports publicly, and make these findings available to the garment workers in the audited factories.