VF Corp’s new policy was developed in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. The policy outlines which animal materials are prohibited and sets formal guidelines for the procurement and use of approved materials by the company’s brands and global supply chain partners. The animal derived materials most often used by VF and its brands are leather, down and wool.

“VF believes that all animals within the global commercial supply chain should be treated with care and respect,” said Letitia Webster, Vice- President, Global Corporate Sustainability, VF. “As we continue to promote the development of viable commercial substitutes to animal materials, this policy will help to ensure that the materials we use today are procured from sources that prioritise animal welfare and responsible business practices”, she added.

The new policy adds another milestone to VF’s history of animal welfare actions. Its Timberland brand partnered with other footwear brands, tanneries and retailers to form the Leather Working Group (LWG) to promote responsible practices within the leather industry.