Footwear giant makes forestry commitment

VF Corporation, the parent company of global footwear and apparel brands The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has moved to minimise its impacts on deforestation with a new set of policies for the company’s purchasing preferences and use of sustainable forest materials.

VF’s new forestry policy, announced on Monday, aims to tackle issues such as loss of endangered forests, biodiversity and habitat, and the use of forced labour in manufacturing forestry products.

The strategy promotes the use of products made with recycled fibre “whenever possible”.

It also strives to elevate all third-party forestry management certification systems such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The firm also now works with Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organisation dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate.

VF reduced its global carbon emissions by 12% from 2011 to 2015 and has previously successfully partnered with number of NGOs and external stakeholders to drive its CSR programme.