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Emerging EHS Trends within the Apparel and Footwear Industry

Join experts from BSI as they describe methods to apply ISO standards to effective supplier engagement and showcase emerging trends/best practices.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Apparel and footwear have the potential to harm worker health at supplier sites. In addition, wet processing and chemical use at some points of the supply chain can cause significant damage to local environments. Engaging suppliers to establish effective Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) management systems is crucial to mitigating risks and minimizing exposure to these hazards. ISO 45001 (Health & Safety Management System) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) are widely accepted and effective frameworks designed to engage suppliers and support their efforts to identify and manage risks to worker health and local environments.  Join experts from BSI as they describe how to apply these standards for effective supplier engagement and showcase some emerging trends/best practices within the industry.

Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Understand safety and environmental issues within the industry.
  • Understand how safety and environmental management system frameworks can be used as tools to mitigate risk within the industry. 
  • Discover emerging trends and best management practices.


Ryan Lynch
Practice Director, Sustainability
BSI Professional Services 

Ryan Lynch has worked with organizations over the past 15 years to design solutions to support transparency, collaboration, and continuous improvement across complex supply chains within a variety of industries. As Head of the Sustainable Practice at BSI, Mr. Lynch leads a team of subject matter experts and the development and delivery of advisory services to support multinational businesses establish sound practices to improve performance and manage social/environmental risk. He has also developed stakeholder engagement strategy with the UN Global Compact, the socially responsible investment community & various NGOs, including China Labor Watch.

Dave Meyer
Principal Consultant 
BSI Professional Services 

Dave Meyer has over 40 years of experience with EHS management systems planning and implementation, corporate sustainability, public and private sector multi-media permitting, and compliance. He is an EHS and sustainability-focused practitioner with a strong background in corporate governance, supply chain responsibility, corporate responsibility, and industrial multi-media compliance issues. Dave has also provided consultation to Apparel industry clients on how sustainability and management systems can drive organizational performance and optimization of resources.


Kristen Kern
Government Relations Representative

As a Government Relations Representative, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulation for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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10/17/2019 2:00 PM - 10/17/2019 3:00 PM