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The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group is now 18 members strong

With a goal of reducing harmful chemicals and other products in athletic apparel and equipment, the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group has continued its mission while incorporating brands such as Adidas, Gap, Levi’s and Nike. According to Supply Chain Brain, the group is now putting together seminars on best-practices in chemical management.

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From the article:

Since its founding, AFIRM has met semi-annually, hosted hundreds of calls and assembled multiple task forces to identify and solve various RSL issues, including hazardous substance identification, appropriate analytical test methods and limits, laboratory performance evaluation, new regulatory requirements and best practice in education and engagement of supply chains.

AFIRM released the first version of its RSL Supplier Implementation Toolkit in 2008, a collection of resources to help suppliers understand restricted substances and implement their own factory management plan to gain control over the substances used in their raw materials. To date, AFIRM has hosted five RSL seminars across Asia to directly engage and present RSL management techniques to over 2,400 suppliers.

The AFIRM Supplier Toolkit has been well received by industry, member and non-member supply chains alike. It can serve as a reference tool for those organizations experienced in chemicals management or those new to a more hands-on chemical management approach. The toolkit was designed for a broad range of users, having both technical reference information and general guidance around best practice.