VF Corporation outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Dickies®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We’re committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.
We are a purpose-led company that seeks not only to succeed in business, but also to leverage our success and resources to make the world better. Through our brands and nearly 70,000 associates around the world, we power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We are movement makers. It’s who we are and have always been.
Powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.
While our company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.
Manager – Worker Rights Strategy: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family
We are seeking a leader for our worker rights strategy who will enable a unified VF approach to protecting the rights of workers in our global supply chain, build and sustain crucial relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and act as a catalyst for movements that advance sustainable global worker rights. Goals for this individual will include strengthening our business through a results-oriented approach to worker rights policies, programs and practices.
How You Will Make a Difference:
- Build and lead an actionable worker rights strategy across VF, which has buy-in from key internal stakeholders in our supply chain organization, brands, legal and other VF functions. This responsibility and those that follow are necessary to uphold VF’s mission as a purpose-driven company by protecting worker rights throughout its supply chain. This is the foundation for powering movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet.
- Coordinate worker rights programs among various VF functions in order to ensure a One VF approach to implementing the worker rights strategy. Identify locally-relevant opportunities around the world that enhance the ability for factory workers to have a voice in their workplace.
- Build and sustain meaningful relationships with stakeholders in the worker rights community (including in women’s and labor organizations). This is essential to developing partnerships and obtaining the insights and information needed to implement a successful worker rights strategy. Represent VF to various external stakeholders.
- Develop worker rights programs and activities in partnership with government agencies, other businesses, and civil society organizations. This is needed to strengthen VF’s worker rights programs and practices, and to power movements beyond our organization.
- Build and lead a program that monitors and tracks VF’s workers’ rights program on affected stakeholders. Monitoring and reporting need to include on-going human rights due diligence at periodic intervals and will include follow-on human rights impact assessments.
- Keep internal VF stakeholders informed regarding worker rights trends affecting our industry in order to provide insight to those implementing VF’s worker rights strategy.
- Build and sustain relationships with counterparts in our industry and among thought leaders outside of our industry. For example, in academia and associations that deal with worker rights. This will be important to keeping abreast to developments in our industry and new ideas from outside of our industry.
Skills for Success:
- Years of Related Professional Experience: 10+ years
Educational/ Position Requirements:
- Minimum 5 years of worker rights experience.
- Experience working in a consumer product company with a global supply chain is a plus.
- BA/BS in communications, political science, engineering, business or related field.
- Master’s Degree Preferred.
- Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
- Strong interpersonal/influencing skills
- Global experience
- Strong building external strategic relationship skills (which add value to VF’s business)
- Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
Travel by air and overnight (domestic and international), as required 25% of time.