Washington—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further foster collaboration on key sustainability initiatives across the U.S. apparel and footwear industry.
“When it comes to tackling the serious issues of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and sustainability, the apparel and footwear industry must collaborate around the best practices, measurable benchmarks, and a shared vision,” said Kevin M. Burke, AAFA president/ceo. “This memorandum of understanding better enables the industry and our stakeholders to rally around a consistent approach to sustainability in a more productive and efficient manner.”
“We welcome this formalized understanding with AAFA, as it will allow the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to better fulfill its mission of unifying sustainability standards within the apparel and footwear industry, and help make a greater impact in the environmental footprint across the entire value chain,” added Jason Kibbey, SAC executive director.
AAFA and the SAC share the belief that sustainability is a bedrock issue for a competitive and responsible apparel and footwear industry. To that end, the MOU will significantly enhance cooperation between both organizations in promoting sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry, particularly through the promotion to and acceptance by the industry, regulators, and legislators of SAC’s The Higg Index.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA’s mission is to promote and enhance its members’ competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints. www.wewear.org.
About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, representing more than one-third of the global apparel and footwear industries, was formed by sustainability leaders and leading environmental and social organizations to address current social and environmental challenges. Recognizing that improved supply chain practices are both a business imperative and an opportunity, the Coalition seeks to lead a shared vision of industry supply chain sustainability through the creation and use of the Higg Index. In measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance through the Higg Index, the Coalition aims to spotlight priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation. www.apparelcoalition.org.
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