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VF Corp joins the Fur Free Retailer Program

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has joined the Fur Free Retailer program by partnering the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of 43 animal protection organisations. As a Fur Free Retailer, VF is reinforcing its commitment to fur free products and communicating a no fur policy, which covers more than 20 brands, including Vans, The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee and Napapijri. VF released its first-ever Animal Derived Materials Policy earlier this year and announced that its brands would no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather.

The online Fur Free Retailer list, provides consumers accurate information on a retailer’s fur policy, which permits them to make informed purchasing decisions. Letitia Webster, Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at VF Corp says, joining the Fur Free Retailer program, VF and reiterates they are serious about animal welfare. Sustainability and respect for nature are fundamental values for VF and all our brands and we will continue to partner with respected animal-rights organisations and like-minded companies to promote the development of viable commercial substitutes to animal materials.

In 2014, VF’s brand The North Face announced its Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a global standard through which any brand can evaluate and certify its complete down supply chain. The RDS was developed in partnership with Control Union and Textile Exchange, which now manages the program. Currently, 80 other brands from the outdoor, apparel and home industries have initiated certification of their supply chains through the RDS. The North Face® uses 100 per cent certified down across all product lines.