Mission Statement

To reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain.

Vision Statement

AFIRM is a recognized global center of excellence, providing resources for sustainable, self-governing Restricted Substance List (RSL) implementation across the footwear and apparel supply chain. The supply chain has knowledge about RSL and chemical safety, assuring that consumers and workers are safer from the impact from harmful substances and the environment is cleaner. This improves customer confidence and the public's perception of apparel and footwear companies.

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To provide a forum to advance the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicate information about RSL to the supply chain, discuss concerns, and exchange ideas for improving RSL management.

Guiding Principles

-Chemical product safety must be understood in the global supply chain as an integrated whole, from workplace to consumer. -Chemical product safety can only be acheived through partnership among retailers, suppliers and manufacturers. -Retailers must encourage suppliers' and manufacturers' self-governance of chemical product safety within their spheres.

Achieved By

-Meeting in person and on an annual basis in order to provide a forum for discussion, exchange and professional development. -Participating in telephone conference calls. -Organizing task forces that explore and report out on special topics (e.g., Vendor Event, Toolkit). -Presenting seminars for the apparel and footwear supply chain. -Developing solutions for sharing information in order to continually improve our current practices. -Finding and optimizing benchmark opportunities.