AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment: On Monday, October 22, AAFA and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced a proactive industry effort to address potential forced labor risks for migrant workers in the global supply chain. We are proud to announce that 124 companies (and growing) have joined the effort. Access the commitment and list of participants and see our press announcement. For questions about the Commitment or how to join, contact AAFA’s Nate Herman.
Last week in Vietnam: AAFA hosted a sold-out and extremely productive Product Safety & Compliance Conference last week in Ho Chi Minh City. We were thrilled to have speakers like Ivanka Mamic (our keynote speaker) who leads sustainability and responsible sourcing initiatives at Target and Timothy Liston, Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Vietnam. Topics ranged from global product safety requirements to evolving social responsibility and sustainability trends and today's global trading climate. Attendees walked away with new information and tools to create safer and more compliant workplaces. AAFA will host two additional product safety seminars in the year ahead, including February 7 in Long Beach, CA and June 6 in New York City. Mark your calendars!
Important meetings in Cambodia last week: On October 19, representatives from AAFA, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), and influential apparel and retail brands met with senior Cambodian government officials to discuss the current state of worker rights, and opportunities for enhanced collaboration in upholding worker rights throughout the Cambodian garment, footwear, and travel goods sector. The delegation included Michael Posner, chair of the FLA board; Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President of AAFA; and representatives from adidas, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Under Armour, and VF Corporation. The representatives met with H.E Ith Sam Heng, the Cambodian Minister of Labor and Vocational Training; H.E Pan Sorasak, the Minister of Commerce; and H.E Phan Phalla, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy & Finance. To learn more, contact AAFA’s Nate Herman.
Our busy week in Hong Kong! Members of the AAFA leadership team are spending this week in Hong Kong visiting with members, speaking with the media about U.S.-China trade relations, and hosting our 4th annual AAFA Executive Think Tank in Hong Kong — established to convene leaders in Hong Kong that are driving key transformations across our industry. Check out the agenda and speaker lineup at aafaglobal.org/HK18.
|AAFA President and CEO Rick Helfenbein on CNBC Squawk Box in Asia on Monday. Watch here.
AAFA’s Rick Helfenbein discusses on Bloomberg earlier today. Watch here.
Upcoming member-only webinars: Join us for two upcoming member-only webinars, fast-approaching!
October 31: NAFTA to USMCA – A Deep Dive with AAFA
In this member-only webinar, AAFA’s trade experts will discuss what the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) means for your business and the industry at large. Register here!
November 8: Midterm Election Results & What's Ahead
Immediately following the 2018 midterm elections, AAFA leadership will take a first look at what those results mean for the country and for the policies affecting your business. Register today!