SGS is pleased to announce that Frank Kempe, newly appointed Global Softlines Technical Manager, has been selected by Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) to join its Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (LabTAC).

Frank, who is based in Germany, has responsibility for Strategic Development for Sustainability, Chemical Testing and Management across SGS's worldwide Textile and Footwear divisions.

His expertise in sustainability and product compliance stems from a ten-year career in chemical compliance management positions across a range of softlines brands. His focus on environmental responsibility for the apparel and footwear industry has seen the initiation and delivery of sustained results and effective change across a wide range of quality and sustainability topics, including product safety, sustainable materials and resources efficiency.

Frank said: "I am delighted to join SGS and LabTAC at this critical time for the global apparel and footwear Industry. Governments and businesses are under increasing pressure to take prompt action on climate change, for instance by using safer and more sustainable chemicals and developing alternative technologies, and we are seeing the importance of chemical management through the supply chain. I look forward to supporting the industry during this challenging time as we work together to enable a better, safer world."

The AFIRM Group is a membership organization of apparel and footwear companies founded in 2004 to collaborate on the promotion of chemicals management in the global supply chain. LabTAC comprises five technical representatives from global laboratory networks selected every two years from eligible applications. Frank and his fellow LabTAC members will support AFIRM's vision and mission to advance the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear.

Specifically, the Committee supports AFIRM on test method issues and maintenance of the Restricted Substances List (RSL) on an annual basis and communicates information about RSL to members throughout the supply chain, facilitating the exchange of ideas for improving RSL management in the future.

Frank has previously represented and participated in various industry groups including Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the German Partnership of Sustainable Textiles.

For further information, please contact:

Keith Tsang
Senior Service Development Manager
Connectivity & Products
t: +852 2204 8354

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