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USFIA Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee

Whether your company has a mature social and environmental responsibility program, or whether you’re just starting to consider how you can allocate your resources and be more sustainable, the USFIA Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee will provide meaningful tools and an accessible network to help you to share ideas and take your program “beyond auditing” to the next level, no matter your time constraints or budget.

No one company or association can drive change alone. That’s why we’ve brought together brands, retailers, service providers, non-profits, and NGOs, led by co-chairs Michael Singer of Macy’s Merchandising Group and Ryan Lynch of BSI Supply Chain Services & Solutions, to develop comprehensive, timely, easy-to-digest resources and lead working groups on the most critical issues.

Below, you'll find our committee charter and resource one-pagers, available exclusively to members right now.

Contact Samantha Sault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about the committee or to get involved.

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USFIA Trade & Sourcing Reports

Every year, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) publishes a report titled Sourcing Trends & Outlook, covering trade data and trends and providing a peek into the "crystal ball" at the future of textile, apparel, and fashion sourcing and trade policy. 

The report is provided free of charge to all members and affiliates in good standing. If you are employed by a member company and did not receive the report, please let us know.

Sourcing Trends & Outlook for 2017 (Published March 28, 2017) - password provided exclusively to members/affiliates! 

If you're not a member, you're welcome to purchase the current reports by clicking here.

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Supply Chain Directory

United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Associate Members include some of the most respected U.S. based service providers for the textile and apparel importing community, including law firms, customs brokers, freight forwarders, testing companies, steamship lines, information services, consultants, financial institutions, logistics providers, and standards and accreditation services, to name a few. In addition, we welcome international service providers, suppliers, supplier groups, and promotional agencies to participate in our activities as International Affiliates. Below, you'll find many of our Associate Members and International Affiliates listed by category. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Premier Partner for 2018-2019

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Sustainability Partner for 2018-2019

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Customs Broker Partner for 2018-2019

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Innovation Partner for 2018

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Customs & International Trade Consulting

  1. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  2. BSI
  3. Crowell & Moring LLP
  4. Ernst & Young
  5. KPMG
  6. PwC



Customs Broker & Freight Forwarder

  1. Carmichael International Service
  2. GEODIS
  3. C.H. Powell Company
  4. Vandegrift Forwarding Company, Inc.
  5. WorldNet International



Customs Consulting

  1. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  2. Crowell & Moring LLP
  3. Expeditors International of Washington
  4. KPMG



Fiber Innovation & Consulting

  1. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  2. Better Cotton Initiative
  3. Lenzing Fibers
  4. Olah, Inc.
  5. Sourcing at MAGIC



Global Trade Management

  1. Amber Road
  2. BSI
  3. Crowell & Moring LLP
  4. Integration Point



Industry Association

  1. Responsible Minerals Initiative



Industry Event Organizer

  1. Olah, Inc.
  2. Sourcing at MAGIC



International Trade Training

  1. Amber Road
  2. Carmichael International Service
  3. GEODIS
  4. KPMG
  5. PwC
  6. Vandegrift Forwarding Company, Inc.



Legal Services

  1. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  2. Arent Fox LLP
  3. Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  4. Crowell & Moring LLP
  5. Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt LLP
  6. Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  7. Law Offices of Robert T. Stack
  8. Law Offices of Roy Delbyck
  9. McGuireWoods LLP
  10. Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pilsbury



Ocean Transportation

  1. Maersk Line
  2. SuperDry International PTE LTED



Port Authority

  1. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  2. Port Everglades
  3. Port of Long Beach



Resource Provider on Forest Solutions

  1. Canopy



Shipping & Container Services

  1. SuperDry International PTE LTED



Social Compliance & Sustainability

  1. Better Cotton Initiative
  2. BSI
  3. Nashville Fashion Alliance
  4. Responsible Business Alliance
  5. Responsible Mineral Initiative
  6. Crowell & Moring LLP
  7. Lenzing Fibers
  8. Sustainable Apparel Coalition
  9. Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production



Sourcing Promotional Agencies

  1. Malaysia Trade Office
  2. Nepal Pashmina Industries Association
  3. PROColombia
  4. Ready Made Garments Export Council
  5. Taiwan Textile Federation



Suppliers

  1. Crystal International Group Limited
  2. Swiss Garment Co.
  3. Wenchou Oufeichi
  4. Coddy Global, Ltd.



Supply Chain Solutions

  1. Amber Road
  2. BSI
  3. Carmichael International Service
  4. Responsible Mineral Initiative
  5. Crowell & Moring LLP
  6. Expeditors International of Washington
  7. Integration Point
  8. Sustainable Apparel Coalition
  9. TRIMIT
  10. Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production



Testing & Certification

  1. Responsible Mineral Initiative
  2. Crowell & Moring LLP



Technology Provider

  1. Amber Road
  2. BSI
  3. Integration Point
  4. TRIMIT
  5. Sustainable Apparel Coalition



Third Party Logistics Provider

  1. GEODIS

USFIA Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study

In July 2017, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) released the fourth annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study, a survey of executives from leading textile, apparel, and fashion brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers. 

The survey was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware's Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies. The survey asked respondents about the business outlook, sourcing practices, utilization of Free Trade Agreements and preference programs, and views on trade policy.  

While the majority of executives are optimistic about the five-year outlook for the fashion industry, the percentage fell from 92.3 percent in 2016 to 71.0 percent in 2017—a record low since we began conducting the study in 2014. This decline could be explained by the rise of new challenges for the industry—specifically, the “protectionist trade policy agenda in the United States,” which executives rank as their top challenge this year, up from being ranked the #10 challenge last year.

Conducted in conjunction with Dr. Sheng Lu, Assistant Professor at University of Delaware Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies, the survey asked respondents about the business outlook, sourcing practices, utilization of Free Trade Agreements and preference programs, and views on trade policy.

Other key findings include:

  • Executives are more concerned about trade protectionism, market competition from e-commerce, and supply chain risk than they are about cost; “increasing production or sourcing cost” dropped from the #2 concern in 2016 to the #7 concern in 2017.
  • Only 36 percent of executives expect to increase sourcing from Vietnam, compared to 56 percent last year; this is likely due to the United States’ withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Among all sourcing destinations examined this year, Bangladesh is considered the most competitive in terms of price—but also the riskiest in terms of trade compliance.
  • Free trade agreements remain underutilized; only the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is utilized by more than 50 percent of companies surveyed.
  • Ethical sourcing and sustainability are given more weight in sourcing decisions, with 87.5 percent saying these issues have become more important in sourcing decisions today versus five years ago; 100 percent of companies surveyed audit their suppliers.
  • It’s unanimous: 100 percent of respondents oppose the U.S. border adjustment tax (BAT) proposal.

The survey was conducted between April 2017 and May 2017. In terms of business size, 68 percent have more than 1,000 employees, including 58 percent with more than 3,000 employees; an additional 19 percent have 101-500 employees. This suggests the findings well reflect the views of the most influential players in the U.S. fashion industry.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2017 STUDY

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2016 STUDY

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2015 STUDY

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2014 STUDY

DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2018 STUDY? The 2018 study will be open to all U.S.-based fashion, textile, and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers, both USFIA members and non-members. If your company would like to participate, please contact Samantha Sault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the list to receive the survey in early 2018.

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