American Apparel and Footwear Association

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AAFA is an influential voice for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry on Capitol Hill and around the world.

 

in the spotlight

Check out AAFA's events across the topics of trade, intellectual property and brand protection, supply chain, and more. Events Calendar > 

legislative action

Now is the time to contact Congress to tell them how trade benefits you. Click here to send an email to your elected representatives urging action on trade.

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Social Responsibility

The U.S. apparel and footwear industry is committed to ensuring that clothes and shoes are produced according to the highest ethical standards.

Child & Forced Labor

As an industry that produces and sells clothes and shoes around the world, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry can sometimes confront the serious problem of child and/or forced labor in its supply chain. AAFA members are committed to ensuring that sewn products are produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. As such, AAFA members make every effort to eliminate the use of forced and child labor from their supply chain.

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Conflict Minerals

Congress approved the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July 2010, which created reporting requirements under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on certain minerals found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding areas.

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ILO/IFC Better Work Program

Better Work is a unique partnership program between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to improve both compliance with international labor standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.

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Lacey Act

In the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress expanded the Lacey Act – a 100 year old law that governed trade in endangered species – to create new requirements and restrictions for “plant and plant products.”

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California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2010 signed into law the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. (S.B. 657).

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Country Issues

As an industry that produces and sells clothes and shoes around the world, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry can sometimes face serious compliance issues in certain supplier countries. AAFA members make every effort to resolve social compliance issues as they arise.

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