Vans

Scope & Status of Rating

Scope
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Rating applies to these products/ lines:All
Rating based on assessment of:V.F. Corporation
Industries: Apparel, Sports Equipment

Status
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Date Rating Published:10/21/2011
Company Response:Company Non-Responsive
Score improved in last 12 months?N/A

Grade Summary

Grade Breakdown

C+OverallBPoliciesB-TransparencyCMonitoringD-Worker Rights

About this Rating
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POLICIES: Brand has a supplier code of conduct that aligns with the ILO Four Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. TRANSPARENCY: Brand does not publish its supplier list. It has traced all of its direct final stage manufacturing suppliers. MONITORING: 76-99% of its direct suppliers are monitored annually, but not all with unannounced visits or off-site worker interviews. WORKER RIGHTS: Brand does not ensure that workers receive a living wage.

Raw Score Percentages (not scaled)
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Policies76%
Code of Conduct82%
Policies67%
Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
Calculated Risk LevelHIGHHIGH
Transparency & Traceability75%4%0%
Monitoring & Training42%2%0%
Monitoring31%2%0%
Training100%0%0%
Worker Rights1%0%0%
Wages & Sourcing1%0%0%
Co-Operatives0%0%0%
Unions0%0%0%
Grievance Mechanisms0%0%0%
Child & Forced Labor Remediation0%0%0%

Scorecard

Policies
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Code of Conduct

Does the brand have a Code of Conduct for suppliers ("Code") that addresses labor standards? Yes
Link to Code http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...
Code includes elimination of child labor? Yes
Code includes abolition of forced and compulsory labor? Yes
Code includes freedom of association? Yes
Code includes rights to collective bargaining? Yes
Code prohibits discrimation on the basis of personal attributes, tenants or affiliations? Yes
Code prohibits the use of regular and excessive overtime? Partial
Links/ Info:
Are suppliers required to ensure freedom of movement for employees and their right to enter and leave employment willingly and voluntarily (For example, are suppliers prohibited from withholding employee identity documents, including passports)? Partial
Links/Info
Are suppliers prohibited from using recruitment fees? No
Links/Info:
Does the Code apply to multiple levels of the supply chain including the raw materials level? Yes
Is the Code included in supplier contracts? Yes
Links/ Info:

Policies

Does the brand have a policy of non-interference toward trade unions and worker organizing? Yes
Links/Info:
Does brand participate in any multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI)? Yes
Name of MSI(s)/Info: Fair Labor Association
Has the brand taken steps to use responsible purchasing practices? (This does not include auditing improvements; it refers to managing sampling, order timelines or prices to enable factories to provide decent working conditions.) No
Describe program and goals:
Does brand have a policy that addresses subcontracting in the supply chain (including homework where applicable)? (Policy must include either a plan to prevent subcontracting or else a plan to ensure Code standards are met in subcontracting arrangments). Yes
Describe policy briefly: VF Authorized Facitilites will not utilize subcontractors in the manufacturing of VF products or components without VF's written approval and only after the subcontractor ahs agreed to comply with the Terms of Engagement, including these Global Compliance Principles.
Additional info on Code & Policies: Priciple 11, Pg.3: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...

Transparency & Traceability
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
In the following levels of the supply chain, select one key production process that the brand has traced or has begun to trace: (Traced= brand has a direct knowledge of some suppliers or countries of production.)
Cut Make Trim (CMT)
Other
None
Specify: Embroidery & Screen Printing
Approximately how many suppliers produce for the brand in total, including subcontractors and untraced producers (if known)? 1000-4999 Unknown or Non-public Unknown or Non-public
Approximately how many suppliers has the brand traced? Traced = brand has a direct knowledge of a supplier including name and location. 1000-4999 Some portion: See notes 0
Links/info on the above: Final Stage: 1,835 total: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... Pg.18: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... Materials: Pg.18: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... according to VF: "Raw materials are component materials that are commercially purchased with no VF brand identity, such as fabric, thread, and blank tee shirts, and are out of the scope of VF
Is the brand involved in a tracing project to identifiy the location of unknown producers? N/A No No
Links / Info on the above:
Is there a public list of countries in which suppiers are located? Yes No No
Location / Link: Pg.6-7: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...
List top five countries in which production takes place. Or, if top five is confidential information: List the five countries with the highest risk of child or forced labor according to the DOL List and the GTIP Trafficking in Persons Report. No disclosure No disclosure No disclosure
Is there a public list of suppliers (must include names and addresses)? Partial No No
Location / Link:
Does the brand require and keep record of information from direct suppliers on every subcontractor and subcontract? Yes No No
Links / Info: Pg. 15: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...
Does brand track suppliers' use of temporary or contract work? No No No
Links / Info:
Additional info on Transparency & Traceability:

Monitoring & Training
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials

Monitoring

% of suppliers internally monitored per year: 76-99% 1-25% or Some Unspecified 0%
% of suppliers monitored by a third party with labor-standards accredidation: 1-25% or Some Unspecified 0% 0%
Name of third party & info: WRAP
% of suppiers monitored with unannouced visits or off-site worker interviews per year: 0% 0% 0%
% of suppliers having publicly shared audit reports and corrective action plans: 0% 0% 0%
Links to public audit reports & corrective action plans: Jansport was previously an FLA member but no longer appears to be: see https://www.fairlabor.org/fla/go.asp?u=/pub/zTr...
TOTAL % of traced suppliers monitored per year: 76-99% 1-25% or Some Unspecified 0%
Links/Info on Monitoring Stats
Are monitoring benchmarks vetted by an outside organization? No No No
Name of organization, links/info:
Are suppliers monitored for their use of labor brokers? No No No
Are broad monitoring results shared publicly? No No No
Links / info: 2005 Report Outdated
Has the brand identified higher risk countries where it conducts more in-depth monitoring? No No No
List of countries under higher-risk monitoring programs:
Are all of these suppliers independently monitored with unannounced visits or off-site worker interviews at least once a year? No No No
Links/Info on monitoring Pg.19 http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... VF Corporation: "After the initial audit, our policy is to inspect every factory a minimum of once per year for the durationof the relationship with VF Corporation" (2005 Global Compliance Report)

Training

Are both auditors and factory managers trained to identify human trafficking, child labor, and forced labor? Yes No No
Links/Info Pg.25:http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/images/Content-Pages/Corporate-Responsibility/VFC_Glo_Compli_Report.pdf
Does the brand invest in suppliers' compliance implementation through training or other financial support? Yes No No
Links/info: Pg.13, 25:http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/images/Content-Pages/Corporate-Responsibility/VFC_Glo_Compli_Report.pdf

Worker Rights
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials

Wages & Sourcing

Do workers make a living wage? No No No
Links/info including wage formulas
Is a stable price guaranteed to suppliers regardless of world price fluctuation? No No No
Links / info including price formulas:
Does the brand have a system for basing sourcing descisions on supplier labor conditions? (Examples: a) Brand has peferred supplier program, b) Brand can demonstrate that suppliers' labor conditions have as a group improved over time) Yes No No
Links/info: The Ideal Plant Model, Pg.12:http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/images/Content-Pages/Corporate-Responsibility/VFC_Glo_Compli_Report.pdf
For companies more than 10 years old: From how many suppliers has the brand sourced for at least 5 years? 0 0 0
Links/info:
If brand ends its relationship with a supplier, does it have a program to ensure that workers are fully paid for hours worked? No No No
Links/info:

Co-Operatives

Are there any democratically run co-ops or employee-owned firms at this level of the supply chain? (IF "NO" SKIP SECTION) No No No
Do workers or their appointees either serve on the Board of Directors of the co-op or company, or else have access to financial information about the performance of the business including management salaries? No No No
Do workers own either 50% or more of the co-operative(s) or 25% or more of the brand? No No No
Link(s) to information on co-ops:

Unions

Do any suppliers employ hired workers (including contract and permanent workers) at this level of the supply chain? Yes Yes Yes
How many suppliers are known to have independent democratically elected trade unions? 0 0 0
List the suppliers:
How many suppliers are known to have collective bargaining agreements in place? 0 0 0
List the suppliers / unions:
Links/Info on Unions

Grievance Mechanisms

Does brand have a functioning grievance mechanism? (Brand must do more than hear complaints; must include investigation and efforts to address grievance) No No No
Does brand have a functioning dispute resolution mechanism? No No No
Links/Info on Dispute Resolution Mechanism
Can workers submit complaints annonymously? No No No
Can organizations submit complaints on behalf of workers? No No No
Are the resolutions publicly disclosed? No No No
Links / Info: Requires suppliers to have a grievance mechanism, but no evidence that company itself has one. Pg.32: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...

Child & Forced Labor Remediation

Does the brand have local partnerships in place in high-risk areas to rehabilitate child or forced laborers when found? No No No
List of partner organizations:
When child or forced labor is removed from the workplace, is it later verified by unannounced monitoring or off-site worker interviews? No No No
If child labor is discovered, does the brand find a way to provide for the child's education and replace the lost income to the family? No No No
If forced labor is discovered, does the brand facilitate the individual's reintegration into the labour market and transition to decent work? No No No
Where appropriate will the brand cooperate with local authorities, government, law enforcement, victim service providers and others to ensure full protection of trafficking, forced and/or child laborer(s)? No No No
Links / info on Remediation Plan:

Supplementary Risk Data
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
Does any independent third party (aside from the DOL List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor) report a risk of child or forced labor in any of the above sectors? No No No
Name/link of report, countries/sectors reported & type of risk:

Reported Issues
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
Are there any reports of unadressed child labor in the brand's supply chain? No No No
List third party report, site and location:
Are there any reports of unadressed forced labor in the brand's supply chain? No No No
List third party report, site and location:
Are there any reports of retaliation against employees who attempted to organize in the brand's supply chain? No No No
List third party report, site and location:

A company's risk levels indicate the prevalence of child and forced labor in the particular production process and countries in which it is operating. A company can still receive an A if it is operating in HIGH RISK situations. A company operating in HIGH RISK areas must take more precautions to ensure against abuses than one operating in LOW RISK areas; thus, Free2Work grades such a company on a more rigorous scale.

Free2Work draws country and industry risk data from the U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced With Child Labor or Forced Labor and from the Trafficking in Persons Report "Tier Placements" put out by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. We also draw data where applicable from other expert reports and relevant news articles. In some cases there are specific allegations of abuse in a company's supply chain; in these circumstances we incorporate this information in the risk analysis as well.

Free2Work draws country and industry risk data primarily from the U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced With Child Labor or Forced Labor and from the Trafficking in Persons Report "Tier Placements" put out by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The questions in this category serve to supplement this data.