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COLLABORATING FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY

To help shift the functional apparel industry toward a more sustainable future, we must collaborate and cooperate. That's why we partner with many organizations, associations and foundations.

SUSTAINABILITY-FOCUSED PARTNERS

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The SAC is a global organization which represents about 40 percent of the global garment and footwear industry. One of the key activities of the SAC is to develop, promote and use several industry-wide tools, including: the Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI), the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), and the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM).

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Make Fashion Circular initiative with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Started in May, 2017, this initiative brings together leaders from across the fashion industry, including brands, cities, philanthropists, NGOs, and innovators. Its aim is to stimulate the level of collaboration and innovation necessary to create a new textiles economy, aligned with the principles of the circular economy.

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The Microfibre Consortium

Founded by the Outdoor Industry, The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimise fibre fragmentation and release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle.

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INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION PARTNERS

Outdoor Industry Association

Started in the U.S. in 1989, the Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. In collaboration with its members, the OIA advocates for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.

Gore is part of the Sustainability Working Group and the Chemicals Management Working group of the OIA.

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European Outdoor Group

Founded in 2003, the The European Outdoor Group is an association representing the common interests of the European outdoor industry. Together with its 100+ members, and in close cooperation with national outdoor associations, EOG works to represent the European outdoor industry in a constructive and positive manner.

Gore is part of the Sustainability Working Group of the EOG.

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American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, AAFA is the trusted U.S. public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its nearly four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of more than $400 billion in annual U.S. retail sales.

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CERTIFYING BODIES WE WORK WITH

bluesign®

The bluesign® standard is a widely accepted tool for verifying a company’s commitment to sustainable management in the production of textiles. The bluesign® logo indicates that environmental, health and safety issues have been addressed in the creation of a product, including the efficient use of water, energy and chemicals.

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OEKO-TEX®

The International OEKO-TEX® Association tests finished textiles for harmful substances to ensure they are safe to be worn. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification is a product safety standard which requires all finished functional fabric laminates undergo tests.

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ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is a globally accepted standard for environmental management systems. This standard guides organizations to minimize the environmental impacts of their operations; comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements; and continually improve in the above.

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FOUNDATION PARTNERS

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Founded under the Patronage of Nelson Mandela, Laureus Sport for Good uses sport as a powerful and cost-effective tool to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage in their lives.
The foundation supports more than 200 programs in over 40 countries, using the power of sport to transform lives.

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