With 27.4 out of 100 points, VF is well on the way to improving its performance on more sustainable cotton. While scoring relatively highly on policy and traceability, VF has room for growth on uptake. Purchasing about 1% of the world’s cotton annually, the company’s potential impact is large. VF does not communicate any corporate-wide targets for achieving a more sustainable cotton supply. It is a member of BCI and has made direct investments in farm level projects in China and India.
Efforts to address sustainability issues related to cotton cultivation are mostly addressed through BCI membership. VF’s brand Wrangler launched a sustainable cotton pilot project last year and aims to leverage collaborative training and improvement programmes for its cotton farmers to enhance the sustainability of its fibre supply by 2020. VF’s brand Timberland has a target of sourcing 100% Better Cotton by 2020. VF has several recycling initiatives in place.
VF states that 13% of cotton used was Better Cotton in calendar year 2016.
VF does not report the total volume of cotton it sources annually. The company receives full points for publishing a list of all VF-owned and operated, as well as direct-sourced tier-1 suppliers. The company does not provide information on its tier-2 or tier-3 suppliers (fabric manufacturers and yarn spinners).