DENVER – May 25, 2021 – VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories, has announced that it is creating a new Child Rights Action Pledge to strengthen the protection of children’s rights and eliminate child labor throughout the global apparel supply chain by 2025.
The United Nations (UN) has declared 2021 the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. As one of the world’s largest apparel and footwear companies, VF has been an ardent advocate for children’s rights and the elimination of child labor in the global apparel supply chain.
According to the International Labour Organization, although child labor has decreased by 38% in the last decade, 152 million children are still in child labor. VF recognizes there is much more work that needs to be done and the increased actions will further strengthen the company’s commitment.
“As we look to deepen our commitment to our purpose-led mission, children are a key stakeholder in the betterment of both people and the planet,” said Julie Sutton, VF Senior Director Global Impact and Government Affairs. “Our new pledge embodies all of the important work VF has done to date and further demonstrates our aspirations to being a leading industry advocate for the rights of children.”
As part of its pledge, VF commits to integrate the Children’s Rights and Business Principles developed by UNICEF, the United Nations Global Compact and Save the Children. The Principles aim to maximize positive contributions and minimize negative impacts on children.
In addition, VF will

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