THREADS Sustainability and Social Responsibility Protocol
The American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Accessories Council, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Responsible Business Coalition, and the thousands of brands and organizations we represent, are committed to working pre-competitively to achieve the highest ethical and responsible standards across our global supply chain and production practices. With supply chains that reach across the globe, our industry is at the forefront of environmental sustainability and social responsibility efforts, but brands and retailers cannot address these concerns alone. We welcome policymakers’ interest in addressing concerns regarding worker rights, environmental sustainability, chemical management, and human rights matters in global supply chains. The involvement of local and national governments, as well as supranational bodies and international organizations, has the potential to build on industry initiatives related to key concerns, establish achievable benchmarks, and catalyze widespread progress.
Policy proposals must account for the work industry, stakeholders, and governments at every level will need to undertake to achieve the desired outcomes if they are to be effective. Enthusiasm for a desired outcome is not enough. Poorly designed policies divert resources away from successful or promising industry initiatives and instead create barriers to real progress on environmental and social issues affecting the industry.
To assist policymakers in ensuring their best intentions result in implementable and successful solutions, we present the THREADS Fashion Protocol. These core tenets will enable policymakers to develop practical, workable, and effective regulatory proposals to advance sustainability and social responsibility in the fashion industry. We look forward to policies that meet these criteria.
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