Supplier Training Needs Assessment (TNA) Survey
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I.  Introduction

The AFIRM Group was established in 2004 with a mission to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain. As a technical center of excellence, AFIRM members recognize the importance of using sound science and risk assessment principles to better manage chemicals within their supply chains and products. Members include adidas-Group, Amazon, ASICS, Bestseller, C&A, Carhartt, Decathlon, ECCO, Esprit, Gap Inc., Gymboree, H&M, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Lacoste, Levi Strauss & Co., Lululemon Athletica, New Balance, Nike, Pentland, PUMA, PVH, s.Oliver, The Children's Place, Under Armour and VF Corporation. Since its founding, AFIRM has developed tools to assist the supply chain in implementing restricted substance lists (RSLs), presented live training on chemicals management to thousands of apparel and footwear suppliers, and developed an industry best-practice RSL in December 2015 (updated annually) that has been adopted by multiple leading brands. More information is available at 
II.  Survey Objective

The purpose of this survey is to identify priority topics on RSL and chemical management which are the most relevant to your facility or your line of work. This information will be used to inform the AFIRM Group on where and how to apply resources for suppliers.

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What products does your company provide? (Please select all that apply.)
Natural fibers or fabric
Synthetic fibers or fabric
Blended fibers or fabric
Natural leather
Synthetic leather
Plastic or polymer compounds
Rubber materials
Inks, dyes, pigments or paints
Adhesives, glues or primers
Metal zippers, buckles, buttons, fasteners, bike frames and other metallic hard goods, etc.
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What training topics do you think will help you most to improve your knowledge?  (Please select all that apply.)

Reducing the risk of failing RSL
Understanding the RSL list
How to select materials or products for testing
Understanding RSL testing data from laboratories
RSL failure resolution (what to do if a failure occurs)
Root cause analysis and corrective actions (how to perform a root cause analysis)
Input stream management
Creating a chemical inventory
How to read and use a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Understanding chemical hazards
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Which type of training approach do you prefer?

Online training delivery, streamed as a course
Online training delivery, with links to articles and information
In-person regional training
Hard copy/printed materials available for dowload
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Which language(s) would be the most effective for training people in your company?

Chinese (simplified)
Chinese (traditional)

Are there other topics related to chemicals management and/or RSL that you would like to see the AFIRM Group create training materials for?


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Can you suggest a textile academy or university where adding RSL training to the curriculum would be helpful?

Yes (please provide suggestion in comment section below)
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Would you be willing to participate in future polls like this to help the AFIRM Group continue to improve tools and resources for the global supply chain?

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Does your company have a dedicated expert and/or department responsible for chemicals management and RSL compliance?

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