US clothing giant VF Corp has achieved LEED platinum certification for its international headquarters in Switzerland.

The certification, from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is awarded for buildings that are energy efficient and environmentally sustainable in design and operation.

The owner of The North Face and Timberland brands said the award was thanks to a 40% decrease in energy consumption and an increased engagement with the local community. These included the implementation of educational programmes for employees, universities and trade associations, volunteering initiatives that demonstrate the company continuously engages with local communities, and the decision to build the facility near a rail station.

The VF International facility manages and oversees the company's business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are delighted that our building has achieved such a prestigious qualification," said Anna Maria Rugarli, VF EMEA director of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. "This result was possible thanks to the vision of the company and the commitment of all our colleagues. Our international headquarters is now a symbol of excellence, a model of energy efficiency and integration in the local community."

"For VF sustainability isn't just about doing what's right for people and the planet, it is also good business," said Karl Heinz Salzburger, vice president, VF Corporation & Group President, International.

"We view sustainable operations as a competitive advantage and an opportunity to help conserve the environment. The VF International headquarters in Stabio is really a good example of this."