OEKO-TEX® Moderates Responsible Sourcing Panel at AAFA Summit

OEKO-TEX® expert, Marc Sidler, will moderate a panel entitled “Deploying Trade Policy to Achieve Responsible Sourcing” at the AAFA’s Hong Kong Executive Summit on Thursday, October 27 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM. The AAFA Hong Kong Executive Summit runs from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. Registration is available at https://www.wewear.org/events/HKSummit16/.

This year’s AAFA Hong Kong Executive Summit brings together global leaders who are expert at tackling the complex tasks of sourcing apparel, footwear, and accessories from and selling to Asia. The AAFA Summit agenda addresses the evolving regulatory and logistical demands the Asian market presents for companies who seek to do business in this challenging region.

Sidler’s panelists are Tom Glaser, Vice President of VF Corporation and President Global Supply Chain, VF Corporation and Sean Cady, Vice President Global Supply Chain and Responsible Sourcing, VF Corporation. They will discuss how multinational corporations leverage trade programs to grow their businesses around the world by accessing reduced costs, tax incentives, and new markets. The panel will also address the role corporate social responsibility plays in advancing effective trade for everyone. Employing worker health and safety initiatives, producing safe, high quality products, and protecting the environment all contribute to trade liberalization and ultimately to greater profitability and brand strength.

“Successful international trade depends on many factors,” says Sidler. “Transparency, third party certifications like OEKO-TEX®, and responsible supply chain management all help set the global standards brands must maintain to support their CSR initiatives and protect the reputations their companies deserve in the global market place.”

OEKO-TEX® is a sponsor of the AAFA’s Hong Kong Executive Summit. Register at https://www.wewear.org/events/HKSummit16/. Information about the full line of OEKO-TEX® testing and certification services for textile products and manufacturing facilities, including the newest DETOX to ZERO by OEKO-TEX®  program to help companies eliminate harmful substances by 2020, is available at www.oeko-tex.com.



The International OEKO-TEX® Association, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the OETI, formerly Austrian Textile Research Institute, and the German Hohenstein Research Institute. Currently, its membership includes 16 independent textile research and testing institutes with their representative offices in 60 countries worldwide. To date, more than 150,000 OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificates have been issued—with more than 14,000 issued per year—and 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in 98 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. OEKO-TEX® offers a full range of  testing and certification programs: STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification for sustainable textile product manufacturing facilities, the MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® database management tool, the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification for textile chemical compounds, the Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® label for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified products produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines, and the new DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® to help textile companies eliminate harmful substances by 2020. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. Connect with OEKO-TEX® on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/oekotex, on Linked In at http://linked.in/OEKOTEX, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OEKO_TEX_Int.





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