Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade, VF Corporation
Sean Cady is Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade at VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. VF had 2015 revenues of $12.4 billion and is owner of iconic brands, including The North Face®, Vans®, Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®.
Under Cady’s leadership, VF’s Global Responsible Sourcing function – which is part of VF’s Global Supply Chain organization – leads product stewardship initiatives for all VF products, creates supply chain sustainability improvements across the entire supply chain, and accelerates factory social and environmental leadership. He manages teams that partner with each VF supplier to drive continuous improvement and leadership on life safety, social and environmental performance.
Cady is also responsible for VF’s environmental sustainability strategy and results for products, and the global supply chain. He leads the implementation of programs to continuously improve sustainability performance in four key areas of sustainability: water, energy, chemicals and cotton.
VF’s product stewardship team, which is managed by Cady, ensures best-in-class management of product and environmental impacts through design and manufacturing due diligence, regulatory compliance and government relations, reduction of product environmental impacts, and management of VF’s Restricted Substance List (RSL) and innovative CHEM-IQSM program. Additionally, Cady leads VF’s trade strategy and engagement, representing VF’s interests to eliminate barriers to free trade.
Cady holds an M.B.A. in International Business and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.