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Clothing company VF to adopt responsible sourcing policy for wood pulp to tackle deforestation & human rights issues in supply chain

Author: Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 8 March 2017

"Apparel titan VF Corp tackles deforestation & human rights issues in supply chain", 27 Feb 2017

Apparel giant VF Corp is adopting sourcing policies to eliminate products that contribute to deforestation and human rights violations, it said on Monday...VF is the latest in a growing number of apparel companies to commit to investigate its supply chain for products from destructive regions and stop using those sources by the end of 2017…VF said it aims to eliminate sources of products that contribute to the loss of ancient and endangered forests or rights taken from indigenous people and local communities. The initiative affects sourcing of fabrics and of paper, particularly that is used in packaging …Production of wood pulp can involve clearing forests to build eucalyptus or acacia plantations and taking land traditionally used by indigenous communities, campaigners say…The issue of deforestation is particularly acute in Indonesia, a major producer of wood pulp…Companies that recently have adopted similar policies… include L Brands, parent of Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Zara, Levi Strauss & Co and British fashion designer Stella McCartney.

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Related companies: H&M Inditex L Brands, Inc. Levi Strauss Limited Brands Ralph Lauren VF Corp Victoria's Secret (part of Limited Brands) Zara (part of Inditex)