Resources & Partnerships
Building Relationships That Build Better Products
Victoria’s Secret & Co. is committed to building relationships with organizations, businesses and people interested in improving product safety and quality. Our technical associates actively participate in key industry and professional organizations to assure that we have the latest scientific, regulatory and safety information on ingredients.
Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM)
Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group is an industry organization working to promote responsible chemical management. Through AFIRM we share best practices with peer organizations and stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory developments.
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional association for the textile, design, materials, processing and testing industries. It is internationally recognized for its standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics to evaluate performance characteristics such as colorfastness, soil release, shrinkage and water resistance.
American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM)
ASTM is an internationally trusted source of technical standards for materials, products, systems and services.
Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)
Victoria’s Secret & Co. is currently a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative, which is one of the most utilized and respected resource for companies from a range of industries addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in their supply chains. They provide companies with the tools and resources to make sourcing decisions that improve regulatory compliance and support responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
In 2021, we became members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global, multi-stakeholder non-profit alliance for the fashion industry. SAC is made up of over 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, non-profits, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain.
In 2021, we became members of Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit organization driving action on climate change across the fashion and textile industry. Through this membership, we are able to leverage data, insights, tools and a platform to collaborate with other brands. We also engage consulting partners, academia, scientists and other organizations to thoughtfully advance our portfolio strategy.
International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
IFRA focuses on the safety of fragrance materials through a dedicated science program. Victoria’s Secret & Co. is an IFRA-affiliated company and complies with all IFRA Standards. IFRA Standards are based on the latest scientific findings and implemented following the recommendations of an independent Expert Panel that includes professionals from fields such as dermatology, toxicology, pathology, respiratory and environmental sciences.
Personal Care Products Council (PCPC)
Victoria’s Secret & Co. is a member of PCPC and a signatory to their Code of Commitment. This code requires its members to go beyond regulatory requirements in providing assurances of product integrity. These include voluntary filings of raw material and formula information with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as tracking and reporting certain consumer adverse reaction reports. PCPC has created a resource website, www.cosmeticsinfo.org to give consumers easy access to credible, scientifically based information about cosmetics and personal care products and the ingredients used in them. The site also links to other authoritative bodies and scientific research. At the cornerstone of PCPC’s safety initiatives is their Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an independent, non-profit body of scientific and medical experts who assess the safety of cosmetic ingredients in the U.S. This expert panel supplements the FDA oversight of cosmetic safety.
Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM)
RIFM was formed in 1966 to gather and analyze scientific data, engage in testing and evaluation, distribute information, cooperate with official agencies and encourage uniform safety standards related to the use of fragrance ingredients.
Zero Discharge for Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
Victoria’s Secret & Co. is a member of the industry coalition called Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). This collaboration of leading apparel and footwear companies has released a joint roadmap towards zero discharge of targeted chemicals in the supply chain which will establish a new global standard of environmental performance for the industry.
In 2021, we were recognized by ZDHC as an Aspirational brand, the highest level of success, in their Brands to Zero program.” Our ranking reflects, in part, our collaborative efforts with ZDHC to develop progressive policies, including hazard-based assessments to prioritize chemicals for phase out.