Global Apparel, Footwear and Textile Initiative is an initiative to bring retailers, brands, mills and factories together to improve efficiencies and set standards globally.
Because there is no single source of standards, there is a lack of standardization in the apparel, textile, and footwear industry. This gap creates conflicting requirements across customers.
GAFTI’s goal is to reduce complexity and remove costs from common industry practices and prevent increased scrutiny from press and governments, which could lead to increased regulation.
Ultimately, the end customers of our “service” include all parties involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of apparel, textiles and footwear, government agencies, and of course consumers.
All parties involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of apparel, textiles and footwear including: brands, retailers, manufacturers, agents, mills, trim suppliers, associations testing and compliance firms are involved in the establishment and ongoing operations of this organization.
In October 2020, GAFTI has further established the partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, to promote Higg Index, the standard tool of environmental and social sustainability measurement towards apparel, footwear and textile industry. The organization has been renamed to Sustainable Apparel Coalition APAC Limited and will continue to support promoting the suite of Higg Index to drive exponential impact in the industry.