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VF not to use fur, angora, exotic leather
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May '17
VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has released its first-ever animal derived materials policy and announced that its brands will no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather. The policy lists prohibited animal materials and sets guidelines for procurement and use of approved materials by its brands.

The progressive new policy, developed in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, 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. 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,” said Letitia Webster, VF’s vice president of global corporate sustainability.

VF’s new policy adds another milestone to the company’s history of animal welfare actions. VF’s Timberland brand partnered with other footwear brands, tanneries and retailers to form the Leather Working Group to promote responsible practices within the leather industry. In 2014, The North Face brand 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 programme. VF also participates in programmes centred on best practices in the wool industry.

"The Humane Society of the United States applauds VF for demonstrating compassionate leadership in the apparel and footwear industries. This robust policy sets a bar to which others in the industry should aspire,” said PJ Smith, manager of fashion policy for The HSUS.

“We commend VF for committing to stop using fur and other animal materials in their products. As a leader in the global apparel industry, VF’s policy sends an important message to the industry that animal suffering has no place in fashion,” said Kitty Block, vice president of HSI. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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