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North Face/VF Corp's response
Author: North Face/ VF Corp, Published on: 24 March 2020
Neither VF nor any of its brands have a relationship with Nanjing Synergy Textiles Co. Ltd. The report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute incorrectly states that The North Face brand has a relationship with Nanjing Synergy Textiles Co. Ltd.
We are deeply disturbed by any report of human rights violations. VF is committed to upholding internationally recognized human rights throughout our global supply chain, including prohibiting any forced labor or modern slavery.
We continuously work to improve supply chain transparency. Over the past several years, we enhanced our cotton traceability efforts to better identify third party suppliers that may be complicit in human rights abuses. We have ended, and will continue to end, all business relationships with any company that refuses to remediate human rights violations when they occur.
We believe that VF, in partnership with others in our industry, plays an important role in protecting human rights and eradicating forced labor of all kinds from global apparel supply chains. Comprehensive and sustainable solutions require engagement and cooperation across our industry, along with civil society and governments who are willing to engage. VF is and will remain committed to working on solutions.
Please read our full Anti-Forced Labor & Responsible Recruitment to learn more about our policies, standards, efforts and compliance underpinning our commitment.