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VF Partners with the Hinrich Foundation

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VF Partners with the Hinrich Foundation

August 25, 2017

VF Asia is proud of its partnership with the Hinrich Foundation – a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting sustainable global trade – to sponsor seven scholars to attend a one-year master’s degree program as part of the Global Trade Leader Scholarship Program. Candidates include those majoring in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After graduation, the scholars will commit two years of service with VF.

To date, seven scholars have completed the master program through VF’s involvement.

“This experience was an essential stepping-stone for my engineering career, and now there is a huge opportunity for me to apply this acquired knowledge to help improve the manufacturing processes at VF,” said Dipti Hassan, one of the seven scholars VF sponsored.

The Global Trade Leadership Scholarship Program began in 2014 and helps VF attract and train young talent in engineering. The program is exclusively offered to students from Bangladesh, where finding skilled industrial engineers can be challenging. VF hopes to leverage local cultural and operational expertise to spearhead growth in the country.

“We have found much value in co-sponsoring educational and career opportunities for local talent in Asia,” said Sonia Cheng, Vice President of Human Resources, VF Asia. “The foundation’s skills development program provides a comprehensive and sustainable approach to our regional needs.”

With Bangladesh as a major hub for apparel manufacturing, the Hinrich Foundation partnership is key to fulfilling critical talent roles in VF facilities while also providing educational and professional opportunities to Bangladesh citizens.