On December 6, 2011, Director of Compliance Administration Avedis Seferian participated in the second American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) International Product Safety & Restricted Substances Conference. Following the success of the first conference, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 30, Seferian headed to Bangalore, India, for another day-long conference on apparel manufacturing, chemical management programs, and restricted substances lists (RSLs).
The host for the event was the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), and Rajan Hinduja, a well-respected Indian industrialist and chairman of the Southern Regional Committee of the CMAI, was in attendance.
The conference, held at the Vivanta by Taj hotel, included the same panels and speakers as the Dhaka conference, including a kick-off keynote address from Commissioner Nancy Nord of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Seferian again moderated the panel on Corporate Sustainability, which highlighted how companies can make their manufacturing processes more sustainable and improve their bottom lines.
The most enthusiastic applause for the day came when Seferian rose for the panel, introduced himself to the crowd of 150 people and spoke warmly of his affection for India, all of which he did in fluent Hindi.
Seferian also closed the ceremony, addressing the question of sustainability—how we can continue to carry out our day-to-day business and personal actions without threatening our children’s ability to do likewise—in a thought-provoking address to the crowd.
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