Company Ranking6 out of
VF Corp. (VF), one of the world’s largest apparel companies, with brands including North Face, Timberland, and Wrangler, ranks 6th out of 37 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers on all themes except Worker Voice. Compared to 2018, VF improved its rank by two places. This is because it began disclosing building capacity for its first- and second-tier suppliers to improve their social performance, partnering with the International Organization on Migration’s (IOM) Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking initiative (CREST), improving its supply chain transparency, and outcomes of its supplier selection process. Notably, VF discloses a supplier list that includes the facility names and addresses of some of its third- and fourth-tier suppliers. In relation to addressing the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor, after having taken down an initial statement, VF discloses that it does not “source any products or materials from suppliers located in Xinjiang,” but discloses no details on how it ensures this. VF has an opportunity to improve on the themes of Recruitment, Worker Voice, and Remedy.
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THEME & indicator score
The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. There are a total of 22 indicators accross the seven themes. For each themes, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||90 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||100 / 100|
|Training||60 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||75 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||100 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||75 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||50 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||75 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||45 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||25 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||50 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||45 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||50 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||10 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||90 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||100 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||100 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||18.75 / 100|