PCIAW® and TRSA Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) and TRSA, the Association for the Linen, Uniform and Facilities Services Industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise their collaboration on key industry initiatives.

The agreement was signed by Yvette Ashby, CEO of PCIAW®, and Joseph Ricci, President and CEO of TRSA. It aims to amplify the messages of both associations in the textile and textile services industries and promote sustainability and supply chain security within their memberships.

The Memorandum of Understanding lays the foundation for a rich future of collaboration between the associations. Both PCIAW® and TRSA express commitment to exploring further partnership opportunities going forward, and members can expect joint initiatives from the associations in the future.

Joseph Ricci, President and CEO of TRSA, speaking at the 2023 PCIAW® event

Joseph Ricci, the President and CEO of TRSA spoke at the PCIAW® Summit 2023, held in Portugal to discuss in an industry panel the security of supply benefits to the healthcare industry for procuring reusable PPE, alongside PCIAW® members advocating the environmental benefits.

TRSA represents and supports companies that supply, launder and maintain linens and uniforms by building and promoting a stronger, safer and more environmentally conscious community through advocacy, education, certification, research, benchmarking and information-sharing.

The members of TRSA help businesses, retailers, healthcare facilities, restaurants, government and other organisations enhance their image and provide clean, safe environments for their employees and customers.

PCIAW® represents and supports businesses from across the supply chain from fibre producers and fabric weavers, to garment manufacturers and end-user buyers in a network that reaches over 100 countries globally, offering education, research, networking and collaboration.

Trusted Members of PCIAW® design, develop and supply uniform, workwear and PPE in diverse industries to identify and protect employees in potentially hazardous working environments. The members focus on professional clothing solutions to consider comfort, functionality and inclusivity.

The two associations have many overlapping interests and goals, as both organisations have interests in sustainability and responsible business. The professional clothing and textile rental and services industries are often intertwined with professional clothing markets from hospitality and healthcare to fire and rescue services requiring laundry and rental solutions.

The memorandum outlines several areas where PCIAW and TRSA will work together, including:

  • Jointly advocating for sustainability and Security of Supply
  • Promoting and supporting each organisation’s initiatives
  • Fostering connections between the memberships
  • Sharing information between the organisations
Yvette Ashby, CEO & Founder of PCIAW®

Yvette Ashby commented: “This agreement represents an important step in strengthening collaboration between our organisations. By working together, we can more effectively advocate for our members and promote responsible growth and positive change in the professional clothing and textile rental industry.”

“We look forward to jointly and collaboratively developing and disseminating information and resources to stakeholders that improve environmental and supply chain sustainability, safety and comfort,” said Joseph Ricci, “and highlight our respective organisations’ member commitment to corporate social responsibility and customer service.”

PCIAW Uniform Networks Buyer, Trusted member