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Vans Sole
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand deeply rooted in youth culture, has a vested interest in protecting the planet and enhancing global communities for future generations. Vans understands that our roots in action sports including surfing and snowboarding depend on a healthy environment. Vans is committed to sustain these essential environments by reducing the ecological footprint of our operations and products. We also remain dedicated to keeping the Van Doren spirit alive by supporting and enhancing the communities in which we work.
Green Sole Operations
Vans is a leading global footwear, apparel and accessory brand with a growing operational footprint of offices, distribution centers and retail stores. As the brand grows, Vans strives to reduce its environmental impact through its Green Sole operations program in two key areas: energy and waste.
Headquarters
In 2012, Vans conducted a waste audit of our corporate headquarters. We learned that despite having a recycling program, we're still sending a significant Read More
Distribution Center
Vans’ Santa Fe Springs Distribution Center is in the top 25% of distribution centers worldwide for energy efficiency as rated by the Energy Star rating system. Read More

Retail Stores
Vans operates over 302 retail stores in North America with over 1.3 million square feet of space. As such, our retail stores represent the largest opportunity Read More
Events
From our surf and skate events to concerts, Vans’ events draw thousands of people each year. We understand that we must do our part to reduce environmental Read More
What’s next?
Vans believes we have established a solid foundation in minimizing the environmental footprint through our Green Sole Operations program. Read More
Green Sole Product
Vans recognizes that the products we create represent the largest portion of our environmental footprint. We also recognize that the natural resources we use in our products are becoming scarcer. Vans strives to use these resources wisely, by incorporating recycled and other environmentally friendly materials into our products and packaging through our Green Sole Product program.
Higg Index
Through our parent company VF Corporation, Vans is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Read More
Packaging
Using the Higg index, Vans took a comprehensive look at packaging materials Read More
Materials
Vans Green Sole products use one of the following environmentally friendly materials: Read More
What’s next?
We believe we are beginning the journey in lowering the environmental footprint of our products. Read More
Street Sole
At Vans, we carry the spirit of the Van Doren family, throughout our business. This means respecting the places in which we do business and giving back to the community through our Street Sole programs. We do this in a number of ways:
Custom Culture
In its fifth year, the Vans Custom Culture art competition inspires high school students across the United States
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Charitable Giving
Vans gives back to the communities in which we do business by creating partnerships with non-profit organizations that speak to the heart and soul of the brand. Read More

Community Service
Vans understands that supporting our community, means more than charitable giving. Read More
Supply Chain
Vans understands that our commitment to community extends to our supply chain as well. Read More
What’s next?
To extend the Van Doren Spirit outside our walls, Vans will continue to enhance our Street Sole programs. Specific actions include: Read More