Webinar: Future-proof Businesses Through Digital Chemical Management

Thursday, February 23, 2023
2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Online


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


New legal requirements around the world and increasing customer demands for transparency are urging fashion brands and retailers to take a closer look at their supply chains and to collect and report an increasing amount of data. Examples are the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act or the EU's Proposal for the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, which also outlines the adoption of a digital product passport. Providing detailed information about chemical products used in the production of fashion and textiles thus becomes a legal obligation.

This webinar will discuss how digitalization and transparency enable future-proof chemical management that allows brands to meet the new legal requirements and provide customers with chemical data on a product level. In addition, the availability of easily retrievable and understandable digital data has the potential to enable factories to make informed and sustainable decisions on their own.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • How future legal requirements drive the demand for chemical management
  • That digitization and transparency are accelerators for meeting legal requirements as a brand
  • How easily retrievable and understandable digital data can enable factories to make informed and sustainable decisions on their own


Headshot of Lars DoemerLars Doemer 
Managing Director
GoBlu International Ltd.

Lars Doemer has more than 20 years’ international experience in the fashion and textile industry, working with different brands, retailers and organizations in Hong Kong and Europe. He was involved in several cleaner production programs and the implementation of chemical roadmaps for different international brands and retailers. As a co-founder of GoBlu, he developed The BHive, one of the leading digital chemical management platforms in the industry.

Headshot of Luisa BalabanLuisa Balaban
Sustainability Business Development Manager - Western Europe
TUV Rheinland

Luisa Balaban is the TUV Rheinland Sustainability Business Development Manager - Western Europe and she has experience developing and implementing more sustainable fiber sourcing, certification and programmes as a Consultant for brands like Amazon, M&S, John Lewis  and The Very Group, across Hardlines, Softlines and Packaging, as well as corporate reporting and decarbonisation strategies. Her most recent experience was driving retailer and fiber to fiber recycler action plans with Lenzing AG, Recover and Worn Again Technologies under the Textiles 2030 UK initiative, a cross-industry Circular Economy collaborative agreement in the UK.  

Headshot of Amy WaynikAmy Waynik
Director of Environment and Social Responsibility
The Children’s Place (TCP)

Amy Waynik is the Director of Environment and Social Responsibility at The Children’s Place (TCP). Over the past four years, she has supported the development and execution of environment and social responsibility programs across TCP corporate operations and within the global supply chain. Her past experience includes consulting with global retailers on responsible sourcing practices, auditing for consumer product environmental certifications and developing cross-sector global health partnerships. She holds a dual Masters in Public Health and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on international development.

Headshot of Deepak JadhavDeepak Jadhav
Sustainable Chemistry Manager
The Children’s Place (TCP)

Deepak Jadhav works with The Children's Place (TCP) as a Sustainable Chemistry Manager and is responsible for implementing chemical management strategies with supply chain partners. He has more than 15 years of experience in environmental compliance and project management, working with  global retailers and suppliers to implement environmental sustainability programs. He holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Management from DePaul University, Chicago, USA.


Headshot of Chelsea MurthaNate Herman
Senior Vice President, Policy

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s Policy department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 


Stephanie Paendong