Leading apparel and footwear brands including Nike, Adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, and VF Corporation have contributed to the second edition of the Supplier Implementation Toolkit, aimed at reducing the use and impact of harmful substances in the supply chain.

The toolkit is produced under the umbrella of the Apparel & Footwear International RSL (Restricted Substances List) Management Group (AFIRM), and updates the first version which was published three years ago. 

Newly added content, requested by the supply chain, includes examples of restricted substance failures in apparel and footwear products with corrective actions taken to eliminate them.  Also available for the first time is a chemical guidance document containing detailed technical information about restricted substances in the apparel and footwear production process. 

The revised toolkit mainly focuses on the elimination of restricted substances from finished products, but extensive information about chemical discharge into wastewater, air emissions, and solid waste is also included. 

The next version of the toolkit will focus on the possible discharge of restricted substances into the environment throughout the entire product lifecycle in addition to their elimination from finished products. 

Click here to download the toolkit.