Endorsing Associations

The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is a non-profit making regional industry/trade promoting body established in June 2005 by the Cotton, Textile and Apparel sectors from Eastern and Southern Africa. Its membership covers the COMESA, SADC and the EAC trading blocks, and includes National allied Associations from 25 African countries. ACTIF’s mission is to develop and successfully deliver services that enhance our members Competitiveness in the world market.

Our core services include: Advocacy Activities to address key policy issues impacting regional trade and International Trade; Enhancing Competitiveness of our members by promoting knowledge transfer, New Investment and technology uprades; Trade Linkages by promoting a regional supply chain, B2B activities and developing linkages with key markets including USA, EU, India, China and Information Service by providing a platform for exchange of information, Sharing of market data, country profiles and focussed sector reports.

Our flagship annual event is Origin Africa whose objective is to put Africa on the map as a preferred sourcing continent, and to demonstrate to international buyers and industry leaders that creativity and innovation are an integral part of Africa’s future.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the United States’ leading trade association representing apparel, footwear, and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity, and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, legal, commercial, political, and trade restraints. AAFA seeks to achieve this mission by representing the points of view and pursuing the concerns of AAFA members before the public and all branches of government to advance the association's legislative, international trade, and regulatory objectives.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) is a non-profit organisation that represents roughly 1,800 companies and individuals doing business in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia Pacific, and around the globe. AmCham is one of the most dynamic and influential business organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chamber’s "business" for 45 years has been to promote the US - China trade and Hong Kong as Asia’s premier international business and financial center. AmCham is committed to maintaining and strengthening Hong Kong's status as “Asia’s World City”.

Incorporated in 1978, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is a non-profit making organisation set up for the purpose of promotion of apparel trade and commerce. It has more than 7000 members. An ISO 9000 and SA 8000 company, AEPC is the largest Council in India which assists Government in formulating policy with regard to export of apparel. Sponsored by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The prime activity is export promotion through more than 25 international events in a year through fairs, BSMs, delegations and specialized events. AEPC runs 125 Apparel Training & Design Centres (ATDC). AEPC also runs Institutes of Apparel Management (IAM) for higher education, complements flagships programmes of the Ministry – DISHA and runs ambitious programmes like Knitwear Technology Mission (KTM).

Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API) was established on 14 June 1974. API is the largest association in the textile industry in Indonesia. Its members range from up-stream to down-stream of the industry from man-made fiber manufacturers, spinners, weavers up to garment makers and made-up articles manufacturers. 1,114 companies, listed as API’s members, are located in Java and Bali. Besides its headquarter in Jakarta, API had also six (6) province district committees in Greater Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java and Bali.

Led by Mr. Ade Sudrajat, API facilitates the government-industry relationship, represents members' interests and develops partnership with related associations domestically and internationally.

The Association of the Austrian Clothing Industry is an independent organisation within the Austrian Economic Chamber.

The Association acts on behalf of the interests of its member in contact with national and EU authorities, within the Austrian Economic Chamber, versus unions, up-and down-stream parts of the textile chain and other national and international professional associations and provides a lot of useful services for its members.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is the apex trade body that represents the export oriented woven, knit and sweater garment manufacturers and exporters of the country. The fundamental objective of BGMEA is to establish a healthy business environment for a close and mutually beneficial relationship between the manufacturers, exporters and importers in the process ensuring a steady growth in the foreign exchange earnings of the country. BGMEA plays a very strong role to lead the industry, to protect and uphold the interest of the industry.

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) was established in 1996 as a national trade body to represent solely the largest export earning sector of Bangladesh. Now it is an association of about 1700 members.

Objectives of BKMEA:

To protect the interest of the sector
Export promotion and market development
To enhance social compliance and productivity improvement of the sector
To maintain effective networking with members, government, national and international bodies

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a leader in corporate responsibility since 1992, works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. With six offices in Asia, Europe and North America, BSR leverages its expertise in environment, human rights, economic development, and transparency and accountability to guide global companies toward creating a just and sustainable world.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles (CCCT), established in 1988, is the leading national trade organization representing exporters and importers of textiles and clothing in China, with a membership of over 10,000 companies as of May, 2008. CCCT members, involved in the business of manufacturing, exporting and importing all kinds of textile fibers, yarns, fabrics, clothing, home textiles, industrial textiles and accessories, operate in 31 provinces and municipalities throughout the country, representing more than 70% of China's US$ 190 billion worth of trade in textile and clothing.

China-Europe Textile Alliance (C.E.T.A.) In February 2005, the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry, the Swiss Textile Federation and the Federal Association of the Austrian Textile Industry put in place a project known as the China-Europe Textile Alliance (C.E.T.A.) under the aegis of GIC Shanghai. Later the Textile Industries from France, the Spanish Cotton System Textile Industry Association and the Federation of Finnish Textile and Clothing Industries also became active members of C.E.T.A. The aim of the C.E.T.A. project is to familiarize European companies in the textile and garments industry with the working practices of the Chinese textile industry, the Chinese production capacity, the distribution structure of the Chinese market and the channels for entering the market, etc.

The China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) is a national industry association whose mandate is to promote industry development and enhance collaboration wiht textile industries around the world. It joins hands with partners along the textile supply chain and find solutions to the challenges we are facing, which will in turn promote the sustainable and healthy development of the global textile industry.
The Clothing Industry Training Authority is established in Hong Kong under the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) Ordinance. The Authority is a not-for-profit organisation and its principal activities are to provide training courses for the clothing industry, establish and maintain industrial training centres, assist in the placement of persons completing training courses and make recommendations with respect to the rate of levy.

Confederation of Garment Exporters of the Philippines (CONGEP) was organised in 1992 to serve as the voice of the Philippine apparel industry. It has the following objectives: To implement and promote the garment industry's technological, educational, socio-economic and export development projects enhancing the industry's welfare and interest; To promote the most effective relationship, coordination and understanding between the Confederation and all instrumentalities and agencies of the government, labor and other sectors of business and industry; To foster better relationship, coordination and understanding between and among its members; To maintain the highest ethical standards between and among its members. To date, the membership of CONGEP represents more than 40% of the country's total FOB performance in apparel.

CONGEP also represents Philippines garments and textile industry in the ASEAN Federation of Textile Manufacturers (AFTEX).

CSR Asia is the leading provider of information, training, research and consultancy services on sustainable business practices in Asia. Operating as a dynamic social enterprise, CSR Asia occupies the unique middle ground between civil society organisations and fully commercial consultancies. This enables us to provide independent and cutting edge services and expert insight into the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues facing companies in Asia. Through our offices in Asia, CSR Asia builds capacity and promotes awareness of CSR in order to advance sustainable development across the region.

Fashion Commerce in Finland is a non-governmental organisation (NGO). Members of the association include retail, wholesale and other companies trading in apparel, shoe and other fashion related fields.

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America is the largest footwear trade association in the United States. The association accounts for approximately 80% of all footwear sales in the U.S., representing the industry’s leading retailers, brands and buying agents. Its services include lobbying and advocacy for industry causes, educational programs and trade publications.

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is Europe’s premier association for trade policy and global supply chains. FTA brings together over 1,200 retailers, importers, brand companies, and national associations to improve the political and legal framework for trade. Over time, the scope of FTA has developed. In 2003, the FTA created the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) - to provide companies with a practical and efficient system to improve social compliance in global supply chains- and in 2014 will launch the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), to support members committed to improving environmental production conditions in their supply chain.

Established since 1996, Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is the apex trade body that represents the export-oriented garment and shoes industry in Cambodia. All the industry-related sub-contracting factories are also under the umbrella of GMAC.

GMAC currently represents over 400 garment and footwear factories which totally employ roughly 500,000 workers mainly disadvantaged and poverty stricken females from rural provinces.

The principal objective of GMAC is to establish a conducive and healthy business environment for the industries through our regular activities of representation and advocacy, capacity building, information sharing and dissemination, networking, market linkage, trade promotion, support for market access and many more.

GMAC is headed by a 25-member Executive Council elected from amongst its members biannually during its General Assembly. The Executive Council provides advice on strategies and policy development relevant to sustainability and growth of the industry. Day-to-day operations are carried out by a professional team of secretariat staff.

Global Apparel, Footwear and Textile Initiative (GAFTI) is an initiative to bring retailers, brands, mills and factories together to improve efficiencies and set standards globally. GAFTI’s goal is to reduce complexity and remove costs from common industry practices and prevent increased scrutiny from press and governments, which could lead to increased regulation. Ultimately, the end customers of our “service” include all parties involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of apparel, textiles and footwear, government agencies, and of course consumers.

GS1 Hong Kong is a not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing competitiveness of HK & PRD enterprises through the provision of global supply chain standards, technology, solutions and services. As a local chapter of GS1, we offer a broad portfolio of standards and solutions including bar coding, B2B e-commerce, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, etc. GS1 community has over one million corporate members spanning 155 countries across 20 industries around the world.

The Hong Kong Apparel Society Ltd (HKAS) represents small and medium-sized companies involved in the apparel industry, and aims to strengthen manpower resources adn information exchanges, safeguard rights, upgrade quality, facilitate the sharing of benefits and stimulate business opportunities.

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Textile Limited (HKGCOT) was established in 1997 by unifying a number of established textile associations. Soon after, it became a Hong Kong legislative defined association.

HKGCOT has listed companies and mainland flagship companies amongst its members. Most of HKGCOT members' primary businesses are in textiles: trading, manufacturing, printing, dyeing and garment manufacturing.

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) provides one-stop services for applied research, technology transfer and commercialisation to benefit the textiles and apparel industries. We value innovation, spot opportunities, conceive projects and bring research talents and industry players together to drive research excellence to business success. We were established under the funding of HKSAR Government’s Innovation and Technology Commission and are hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Hong Kong Shippers' Council was established in 1967 with the aims and objectives of protecting and promoting the interests of Hong Kong exporters and importers, traders and manufacturers in matters relating to the transportation of merchandise by sea, land and air. The Council has worked towards establishing a level playing field between shippers and service providers, such as shipping lines and airfreight carriers.

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, apparel retailers and the supporting industry. IAF aims to develop business contacts which foster dialogue and knowledge exchange between individuals active in the global fashion industry.

The annual World Fashion Convention, organised by IAF, is one of the means to create a worldwide network. Professionals from all over the world meet to discuss actual developments in the fashion chain. The content is linked to IAF’s knowledge areas and is often focused on branding, supply chain management and production.

For more information, please visit www.iafnet.com

The International Fur Federation (IFF) was founded over 60 years ago and represents 42 national fur trade associations and organisations in 35 countries. Members are drawn from the entire supply chain: farmers, hunters, trappers, auction houses, merchants, brokers, dressers and dyers, designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, marketing organisations and retailers. The IFF protects the interests of the fur sector, promotes innovations and high standards, and presents a positive and factual image of the fur industry.

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau has been in Hong Kong for more than 16 years and has grown to become one of the most active Chambers in promotional, economical and business activities. The Italian Chamber is also active in Macao.

With a growing number of associates and members, the Chamber has been improving its services and network to facilitate the trade between Italy Hong Kong and China together with the services to the international business community.
The support of Italian companies in Hong Kong as well as its counterparts has been a key factor in our success and will continue to be the focus point in the future.

Under the auspices of the Hong Kong Knitwear Exporters & Manufacturers Association, the Knitwear Innovation and Design Society (KIDS) was established in January 2008 as a unified resource for the industry to foster the sustainable growth of the knitwear trade and making Hong Kong a world class hub for sales and purchasing.

The Made in Africa Initiative (MIAI) is an NGO supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It aims to help Africa countries on industrialisation, job creation and attracting FDI by providing African countries with industrialisation strategic advice, construction project cooperation, investment promotion and other professional advice and services. MIAI is now working with more than ten African countries to assist the governments in implementing the top-level design, strategic planning and promotion of industrial parks to attract foreign investment and create jobs. Through quick success of Industrial Park, continuous international marketing and investment promotion, MIAI is trying to build an equal and transparent communication bridge to allow more communities to pay attention to Africa and understand more about business environment and investment potential of Africa.

The Korea Federation of Textile Industries (KOFOTI) was established in May 1967 to accelerate the modernization of the textile industry and to reinforce the international competitiveness of textile products in order to contribute to the growth of the national economy as well as to the long-term development of the Korean textile industry. With this mission, KOFOTI is conducting a wide variety of activities as the primary agency for the development of the Korean textile industry in the 21st century.

Dutch Clothing & Knitting Industry Association (MODINT) is the Dutch trade association for fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles, an association with a clear mission.
The main task of MODINT is to strengthen the competitive power of the members and sectors they represent by means of a wide-ranging package of interest promotion and services, with the focus on content and quality. It goes without saying that MODINT continues to make every effort to expand our membership, in order to increase support and create a stronger competitive position.
MODINT is active in a great many fields to ensure that its members' interests are protected. These interests often converge in our active member groups, sections and working groups, which can count on the support of a professional organization. Most of MODINT's business services are incorporated into MODINT BV, in which the Consultancy and Credit Management activities play a major role.
The MODINT membership totals over 850 companies, active in the production of and trade in clothing, fashion accessories and (interior) textiles. They generate a joint annual turnover of EUR 8 billion, of which EUR 3,5 billion on export markets.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of over 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
The focus of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is The Higg Index that measures the environmental performance of apparel products. Future versions will include footwear products and measure social performance.

Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC) is a group of Hong Kong based companies in the textile and apparel sector committed to promoting the use of sustainable practices across the supply chain. With the pressing issue of global warming, air and water pollution, and the increasing waste disposal pits, SFBC’s vision is to create a platform to continuously improve textile and apparels manufacturing processes throughout the supply chain in order to minimize the industry’s impact on the environment.

Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) was established on Nov. 25, 1975 with government guidance and support as with donations from the textile industry itself.

Over the years, the TTF has gradually adapted to meet the needs of the textile industry, expanding its functions to market promotion, product design, fashion information analysis, online information, technology training, collection and analysis of market information, certification of functional textiles, publications of textile information, issuance of Certificate of Origin, and other textile-related services.

In the past few years, TTF has developed a marketing strategy, entitled as "Fashion plus Functions", to promote Taiwan's innovative textiles in the global market. It also gained positive responses from those well known retailers and private labels in the world, especially in the field of sports wear, casual wear and outer wear.

The Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFf) is a coalition of the textile and garment association formed in 1981. Since then, Singapore’s textile and garment industry has transformed from a manufacturing base to a regional fashion, marketing and sourcing hub. TaFf also organises trade shows, competitions and industry initiatives such as Apparel SG to promote local fashion businesses overseas. TaFf is proud to have groomed many young designers and companies and assisted their international expansion.
For more information, please visit www.taff.org.sg.

The Textile Council of Hong Kong, as a body representing all major textile associations, acts as a voice for the textile industry on matters that affect the industry. Such matters mainly concern with commercial policies affecting Hong Kong's textiles exports such as quotas and anti-dumping actions, Hong Kong's textile export controls system, the employment ordinance, environmental rules and regulations, taxation and tariff etc. It also undertakes by itself or jointly with other organizations study missions, projects, seminars and other activities.

The Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA) was founded in 15 August 1973 to promote and support the Thai garment industry in manufacturing, trading and other related activities.

TGMA is the wind beneath Thailand's garment industry and the engines that have driven the industry to constantly move forward. TGMA not only has provided the solutions to problems and obstacles of the industry, but also created many useful and fruitful projects while giving continuous support and development to Thai garment and apparel entrepreneurs for more than 40 years.

From the support and promotion of TGMA during the past years, the Fashion Product Development Center (FPDC) was established to act as a coach and consultant for the members to move forward with stronger pace and learn how to stand firmly on their own. In addition, the Overseas Trade and Investment Center (OTIC) was also founded to nurture the investment in foreign countries, from the start-up to established business, by giving advice and information, as well as providing site visit studies. These two centers are the important tools that allow Thai garment and apparel entrepreneurs to step into the AEC with a strong and sustainable future.

TGMA is managed by the President and the Board of Directors, who are elected by members on a two-year term basis.

The Union des Industries Textiles (The Union of Textile Industries) is a French professional association that unites the professional employers' groups of the industry:
Professional federations and branches: cotton, wool, linen, cordage and nets, mesh, silk, lace and embroidery, artificial and synthetic textiles, finishing... ; or regions: Aisne, Alsace, Champagne, Lorraine, South-Pyrenees, North, Normandy, Picardy, Rhone-Alps.
Representing the majority of the 1000 textile companies active in France, the UIT fulfils the three following objectives:

- to support its members in their development : innovation, RD, international development, acces to finance...;
- to define the lobbying strategy for the profession and to be the spokesman for the industry to the decision makers for all subjects of common interest: taxation, research and development, social rights, sales and marketing policy, exports and international development, industrial strategy, protection against counterfeiting...;
- to improve professionnal skills within companies: since 1994, 21000 young people have benefited from combined work/study contracts and more than 320 000 young trainees from continuing training.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the US and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the US and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the US government as well as international governments and stakeholders. With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including the US and International service providers, suppliers, and industry groups.