OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Commitment and Governance
VF is encouraged to ensure and disclose that its supplier code of conduct includes all four fundamental rights and freedoms articulated in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (it currently does not cover child labor), and that the code is approved by a senior executive, easily accessible from the company's website, and reviewed and updated regularly.
Further, the company is encouraged to engage with trade unions, local NGOs, and/or policy makers in countries in which its suppliers operate on forced labor and human trafficking and to actively participate in one or more multi-stakeholder or industry initiatives focused on forced labor and human trafficking.
Traceability and Risk Assessment
VF is encouraged to develop and disclose a process to trace its supply chain, to publicly disclose the names and locations of its first-tier suppliers.
While the company discloses some risks identified in its supply chain (it discloses it sources from Bangladesh and Cambodia, two countries which "have minimal government regulation and enforcement around human rights". VF is encouraged to develop and disclose a process to conduct forced labor risk assessment(s) focused on specific commodities, regions, and/or groups.
While VF requires suppliers to be transparent about the recruitment process of workers, VF may consider encouraging its suppliers to directly hire workers and-where this is not possible-perform robust due diligence of third-party recruitment agencies. Further, VF is encouraged to develop and disclose a policy that requires recruitment agencies in its supply chain to uphold workers' rights and to require suppliers to disclose to them the recruiters that they use. Finally, the company is encouraged to require that no fees be charged during any recruitment processes conducted throughout the supply chain, and, in the event that it discovers that fees have been paid, ensure that such fees are reimbursed.
the company discloses it will soon disclose information about first tier suppliers on a quarterly basis and to publicly disclose some information on suppliers beyond the first tier (e.g., name, location, source country)