VF Corporation operates under a Code of Business Conduct which
sets forth the key principles under which the Company and its worldwide subsidiaries
are required to operate. The Code of Business Conduct states that the conduct
of business with employees, customers, consumers, suppliers and all others
shall be based on an honest, fair and equitable basis. It has been and will
continue to be the Company's policy to obey the laws of each country and to
honor our obligations to society by being an economic, intellectual, and social
asset to each community and nation in which the Company operates.
While most of the Company's products are manufactured in facilities
owned by the Company where compliance with the VF Code of Business Conduct
can be directly assured, the global expansion of our business is resulting
in our dealing more regu larly with third-party contractors, particularly
in foreign countries.
The purpose of these CONTRACTOR TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT is to make
clear that, taking into account differences in cultures and legal requirements,
we expect that wherever our products are manufactured they will be manufactured
in a manner compatible with the high standards that have contributed to the
outstanding reputa tion of our brands and our Company.
- ETHICAL STANDARDS
- We expect those with whom we contract for the manufacture of our
products ("VF Contractors") to operate within a set of ethical
standards compatible with VF's Code of Business Conduct.
- LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
- We expect VF Contractors to comply with the applicable laws and
regula tions of the localities, states, and countries in which they
- TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES
- All VF Contractors must fairly compensate their employees, by providing,
at a minimum, wages and benefits in compliance with applicable wage
and hour laws and regulations. In selecting contractors, we will favor
those whose policies and practices place reasonable limits on the
number of hours that employees may work on a regularly scheduled basis
and who regularly pro vide reasonable rest periods and days off.
All VF Contractors must provide their employees with a clean, healthful
and safe work environment, and, if applicable, safe and healthy residential
We will not do business with contractors who employ children. For
this purpose, the term "child" generally refers to anyone
under the age of 14, or under the maximum age for compulsory school
attendance if that age is higher than 14, except in the case of legally
permissible apprenticeship and similar programs.
We will not knowingly do business with contractors who use prison
or other forced labor.
We will not knowingly do business with contractors who permit the
use of corporal punishment or other forms of mental or physical intimidation
We will favor contractors who provide equal employment opportunities
for workers based on their ability rather than on the basis of personal
character istics or religious or other beliefs.
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
- We will not do business with contractors who do not respect our
intellectual property rights in our brands.
- PRODUCT LABELING
- All VF Contractors must accurately label our products with their
country of origin in compliance with the laws of the United States
and those of the country of manufacture.
- VF and its subsidiaries will undertake affirmative measures, such
as on-site inspection of production facilities, to monitor compliance
with the above standards. VF Contractors must allow VF representatives
full access to the contractor's production facilities and books and
records and respond promptly to reasonable inquiries by VF representatives
concerning the operations of the contractor's facilities.
- AGENTS AND SUBCONTRACTORS
- We expect the standards set forth above to be observed by agents
we engage to assist in the selection of VF Contractors.
We do not permit subcontracting without our consent. We will not knowingly
permit VF Contractors to subcontract our work to subcontractors who
would not qualify as VF Contractors under the above criteria.
VF CORPORATION AND ITS DIVISIONS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL
ALL CURRENT PURCHASE ORDERS WITH ANY CONTRACTOR FOUND TO BE
IN VIOLATION OF THE ABOVE STANDARDS
I have read and fully understand VF's Contractor Terms of Engagement
and certify that we are in compliance with these terms.
AMERICAN APPAREL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
(submitted by VF Corporation)
AAMA Statement of Responsibility
Members of the American Apparel Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
are committed to the fair and rational practice of business in the United
States and abroad. Basic to this commitment is the fair and equitable treatment
of employees in wages, working conditions, and benefits. In no case do we
support the use of child labor, prison labor, discrimination based on age,
race, national origin, gender, or religion, the violation of legal or moral
rights of employees, nor destruction or harm to the envi ronment.
The American Apparel Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has established
this State ment of Responsibility as a guideline for all member companies
for their own facili ties and for the facilities where production is contracted.
AAMA represents over 70 percent of all domestic apparel production in the
United States. Members companies manufacture all types of apparel and we are
located in virtually every state in the United States.