The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is teaming up with organisers of the ISPO trade shows to enable more manufacturers and brands to access its global labelling database.

Launched last autumn, the WFSGI Compliant Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database provides companies with up-to-date information on global labelling requirements. The details cover products including apparel, textiles and footwear, and packaging, across 49 different countries around the world.

Quick and easy access to this information helps avoid lost selling time and potential costly re-work, stop ships, product recalls, and ultimately revenue and brand damage.

The database is a collaborative effort involving WFSGI members such as Asics, Columbia Sportswear, HEAD Sport, New Balance Athletics, Nike, Pentland Brands, Under Armour, and VF Corporation.

Since its launch, it is available to members of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), which represents companies located in America.

Adding ISPO, the leading international trade fair for sporting goods and sports fashion, to its network will further expand the service to manufacturers and brands worldwide.

“With this new partnership, we can help more companies deal with the ever-changing and challenging product labelling requirements,” says Robbert De Kock, president and CEO of the WFSGI. “Why go it alone when we can save time and money together?”

The WFSGI CLR Database is powered by C2P, Compliance & Risks’ knowledge management platform.

“ISPO member companies and others will benefit from not just substantial cost savings, but also their teams become much more efficient and effective in their roles”, comments Jim Costello, chairman and chief executive of Compliance & Risks.

“Non-compliance costs are often hidden in a company’s profit and loss accounts, purely because of the nature of the expenses such as lost key season selling time, wasted man-hours searching for regulations, and re-labelling. The WFSGI CLR Database allows companies to proactively reduce these costs and move to a more innovative approach in how they do their work.”