VF Corporation announced has partnered with the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of 43 animal protection organizations, and joined the Fur Free Retailer program. Over the years, brands under the VF portfolio have introduced ethical production methods that eliminated the use of animal derived materials. In 2005, Timberland began working with Leather Working Group (LWG) to promote responsible practices within the leather industry, and as of 2016, 94% of the leather used in the brand’s apparel, footwear and accessories came from LWG Silver- or Gold-rated tanneries. By joining the Fur Free Retailer program, VF joins a number of companies on the Fur Free Retailer list, including Gucci, Zara, H&M, Armani, Topshop, and Scotch & Soda among others. VF in October reported a 5% increase in third quarter revenue to $3.5 billion, led by the action and outdoor sports division, which increased 8% in the period.