The Product Chemistry team includes materials engineers based in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. This team works to improve chemical and product safety management at key footwear and apparel suppliers throughout Asia. In coordination with the Global Compliance team, they deliver trainings to Tier One suppliers on topics related to New Balance restricted substances and best practices in chemical management. Trainings and workshops to date have included an overview of global footwear regulations, trends in footwear recalls, review of children’s footwear safety standards and testing practices, and the importance of establishing internal control measures to reduce or eliminate restricted substances in products and reduce exposure for workers.
Suppliers are also encouraged to enroll in online training to fully understand their responsibilities related to New Balance’s restricted substances requirements.