Fibers & Materials
Victoria’s Secret & Co. does not sell any products that are made from, or contain, alpaca fleece.
Consistent with our sourcing policies, we will not knowingly sell branded products that contain Australian merino wool until the practices of mulesing and live exporting end.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. does not sell products containing Angora rabbit, mohair yarn or other fibers from Angora goats.
MAN-MADE CELLULOSIC FIBER
We are committed to responsible sourcing of man-made cellulosic fibers, including rayon, viscose, modal and lyocell. We continuously work with our suppliers in an effort to ensure that we do not knowingly source fabrics from old growth or endangered forests or sources that contribute to deforestation, the loss of high conservation value Forests or human rights abuses.
Our suppliers’ man-made cellulosic fibers are produced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forestry operations or, where unavailable, from certified forestry operations sources that are independently verified to meet our policy and have paid particular attention to avoid materials from regions where conflicts exist.
We currently only source man-made cellulosic fibers from suppliers who have proven track records of sustainable sourcing practices.
We have instructed our contracted manufacturers to use viscose from only two suppliers – Lenzing AG and Aditya Birla Group – for all branded products. We appreciate the commitment of these suppliers to be good stewards of the environment.
- The Tencel Modal fabric that we use is manufactured in Austria in a facility that has obtained the EU Ecolabel, a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle.
- The source of pulp for that material is European Beech from well-managed forests, all of which are certified to FSC and PEFC standards.
- The Lenzing facility in China is already compliant with the strict emission criteria necessary for obtaining the EU Ecolabel.
- Lenzing viscose production facilities in their Indonesian subsidiary are being equipped with additional closed-loop technologies to reduce sulfur emissions, and their aim is to obtain the EU Ecolabel for this site by 2022.
- The company is committed to utilizing EU Best Available Technology (BAT) in all their manufacturing facilities and has significantly reduced water use and emissions as a result.
- Two of their plants have achieved EU Ecolabel criteria with respect to sulfur emissions; two are scheduled to reach that level by the end of 2019; and the other three are on track to achieve this by 2022.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. Is committed to ensuring the traceability of cotton in our supply chain, and we align ourselves with suppliers who share this commitment.
We updated our Cotton Policy (Policy) in January 2022, to require all cotton fiber, cotton yarn, cotton fabric and cotton products be spun in or originate from one or more of the approved countries listed on the Policy.
We expect our suppliers to undertake appropriate due diligence to confirm compliance with this Policy. Suppliers are required to retain all documentation for the origin of raw material, processing and manufacturing to ensure transparency and traceability of our cotton supply chain. Independent Production Services (IPS) will conduct chain-of-custody audits to verify cotton fiber, cotton yarn, cotton fabric and cotton product originated from or was spun in one or more of the approved countries on our list. To view the full policy, click here.
CONFLICT MINERALS POLICY
Victoria’s Secret & Co. prohibits its suppliers from using conflict minerals which may directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its nine adjoining countries in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act’s Conflict Minerals Provisions. We periodically survey suppliers to conduct reasonable country of origin inquiries regarding conflict minerals.
According to U.S. federal law (Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1502), all U.S. public companies, including VS&Co, are required to perform a country of origin (COO) investigation for any 3TG (tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold) in their products, including whether sourcing of those metals may have benefited non-state armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or its nine adjoining countries (collectively known as the “DRC+9”). We require our suppliers to retain records related to conflict minerals supply chain inquiries for a minimum of 5 years and make them available to VS&Co or its designee during audits or upon request. This includes but is not limited to declarations from sub-suppliers, purchasing records, and other supporting documents to substantiate where the 3TG material originated. Form SD and Conflict Minerals Reports previously filed by Victoria’s Secret & Co. can be viewed as part of our SEC filings.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. does not sell branded products that contain down fill.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. does not knowingly sell real exotic animal skins, including but not limited to: snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, fish, kangaroo and marine mammals.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. does not sell any products that are made from, or contain, real fur.