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Sporting Goods Manufacturers Have a New Tool to Turn to for Global Labeling Requirements

Apparel, textile and sporting goods companies will soon have access to a new one-stop global labeling database for their products.

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) collaborated with Compliance & Risks, a global regulatory solutions provider, to introduce the WFSGI Compliance Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database. Companies like Under Armour, Asics and VF Corp., have already signed up for the tool set to launch in July, providing global information on labeling requirements for the apparel, textile and sporting goods industries, and other related sectors with similar compliance issues.

“We are all facing the same challenge of dealing with a blurry jungle of worldwide labeling information that demands considerable time, energy and cost for our industry,” said Robbert de Kock, WFSGI president and CEO. “This unique online tool provided by Compliance & Risks will substantially facilitate and revolutionize the daily business life for companies.”

Product categories covered under the tool include apparel, footwear, textiles, consumer electronics (wearables) and sporting equipment. With the tool, companies could take preventative measures against product recalls, stop ships and other potentially brand-damaging dilemmas.The tool leverages C2P, Compliance & Risks’ knowledge management platform, which enables users to track the progress of their compliance obligations. On the CSR database, users can search and report on up-to-date labeling requirements by country, receive alerts on new and proposed labeling regulations and standards, and access information on existing legislation changes. Additional benefits of the database include free access to subject matter experts, seamless reporting and early warning signals of future regulatory changes.

“WFSGI has been working for 40 years to give a united voice to its members, leading innovative projects that have shaped the industry for the better,” said Joe Skulski, CEO of Compliance & Risks. “We look forward to working with them on this project.”

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WFSGI’s new tool comes on the heels of other looming labeling changes. In February, the California State Assembly introduced a bill that would require all apparel made from fabric that is more than 50 percent polyester to have a label warning that the garment sheds plastic microfibers when laundered. If the bill passes, the sale of clothing without this label would be banned as of Jan. 1, 2020. Earlier this year, Turkey also launched a new Ecolabel certification system for domestic products, including ceramics, textiles and paper. The new system aims to foster energy efficiency, circular production and waste minimization in the Turkish ceramics, textiles and paper industries moving forward.