News | April 6, 2018

Canadian Apparel Federation Selects SGS To Deliver Workshop Series For Canadian Apparel, Textile And Footwear Industries

Vancouver, BC (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - The Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF) has selected SGS North America as its partner to deliver a workshop series for Canadian manufacturers and retailers in the apparel, textile and footwear industries. The workshops provide education on critical existing and upcoming regulations that impact Canadian companies who manufacture, test or trade products internationally. “We are pleased to work with the CAF. With SGS’ global network of testing labs for consumer goods, we are in a unique position to educate Canadian suppliers on industry-specific regulations that can help them sustain their global operations and remain competitive on an international scale,” said Louann Spirito, Business and Technical Head of Softlines at SGS North America.

International trade regulations are continuously evolving and expanding. In order for companies to remain compliant from both operational and legal perspectives, they must fully understand the regulations applicable to their product categories and be aware of associated regulatory changes. For this reason, the CAF and SGS intend to continue these workshops at the beginning of each year, while also offering this educational service throughout the year. “One of the CAF’s mandates is to provide important resources to its 250 members, especially in the area of global compliance issues. Based on the success of our workshops in Toronto and Montreal earlier this year, we were pleased to conclude our third workshop in Vancouver yesterday, to support companies in Canada’s three largest metropolitan areas,” said Bob Kirke, Executive Director of the Canadian Apparel Federation. Over 100 Canadian companies joined the CAF-hosted workshop series this year, with many sending their entire compliance and quality control teams.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The company is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world. In Canada, SGS operates 70 labs and offices across nine industries. In 2017, Forbes ranked the SGS Group as one of the world’s top multinational performers and one of the world’s most innovative companies. In this same year, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices ranked SGS Group as an Industry Leader in Commercial & Professional Services for its sustainability processes.

The Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF) is the voice of the industry and national association for Canada's apparel sector. CAF provides the industry with up-to-date information on issues ranging from customs and trade, product development and quality control, supply-chain management, product safety and other regulations. CAF also helps raise the profile and visibility of the industry by representing the interests and concerns of our members to government and other stakeholders.

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Source: SGS Canada Inc.