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About GAFTI

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.