American Apparel & Footwear Association

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About American Apparel & Footwear Association

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association that represents the interests and values of the apparel, footwear and other sewn products industry in the global market. The association was established in 2000 as a result of the merger of two legacy organizations: the American Apparel Manufacturers Association and the Footwear Industries of America. Since then, AAFA has grown to include more than 1,000 members, ranging from world famous name brands, retailers, manufacturers, and service providers, to small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, and emerging designers. AAFA is the trusted public policy and political voice of the industry, advocating for its members on issues such as trade, logistics, manufacturing, brand protection, supply chain, and sourcing. AAFA also provides its members with various education, networking, and business solutions to help them navigate the complex and dynamic global market.

AAFA is committed to promoting sustainability in the industry, through its purpose-driven leadership and its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. AAFA's sustainability program, ReSource, aims to help its members achieve their ESG goals and measure their progress and impact. ReSource provides members with access to best practices, tools, resources, and partnerships to address the environmental and social challenges facing the industry. Some of the key focus areas of ReSource include circularity, climate action, chemical management, human rights, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. AAFA also collaborates with other industry stakeholders, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, and the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, to advance the sustainability agenda and drive positive change in the industry.

AAFA is a member-driven and member-focused organization, that strives to deliver value and excellence to its members and the industry. AAFA's vision is to enable a responsible and innovative industry that supports the well-being of its workers, customers, and communities. AAFA's mission is to be the essential voice, resource, and network for the industry. AAFA's values are integrity, collaboration, accountability, and innovation. AAFA invites anyone who shares its vision, mission, and values to join its community and become a part of its story.