Sponsler & Associates LLC

Nathaniel J Sponsler


As a seasoned consultant, attorney, and regulatory expert, Nathaniel is at the forefront of driving cross-brand collaborative initiatives to propel chemicals management and sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. 

With a deep understanding of the industry’s complexities, he has been entrusted with the role of Director at the AFIRM Group, where he continues to play a pivotal role in championing sustainable practices. 

Through his ongoing engagement, Nathaniel actively contributes to the advancement of responsible chemical management strategies. To learn more about the AFIRM Group and our initiatives, please visit our website at AFIRM-group.com.

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Professional Experience

Professional Experience

  • Owner and Founder
    Sponsler & Associates LLC

  • Director

    Director of industry group promoting chemicals management in the apparel & footwear supply chain.

    AFIRM provides a forum to advance the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicate information about restricted substances to the supply chain, discuss concerns, and exchange ideas for improving restricted substances management.

    Members include: adidas, Amazon, Aritzia, ASICS, Bestseller, C&A, Canada Goose, Carhartt, Crocs, Decathlon, Descente, ECCO, Esprit, Fast Retailing, Gap Inc., H&M, Hugo Boss, Inditex, J.Crew, KIABI, Kontoor Brands, Kroger, Lacoste, Levi Strauss & Co., lululemon, Mizuno, New Balance, NIKE Inc., Nordstrom, Pentland, Primark, PUMA, PVH, Skechers, S.Oliver, Superdry, The Children’s Place, Thinx Inc., Under Armour, VF Corporation, Victoria’s Secret & Co., and Workwear Outfitters

  • Client Advisor
    The Phylmar Group, Inc.

    Regulatory consultant and facilitator of EHS / sustainability professionals.

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education background

  • Amherst College
    BA, Psychology
    1996 – 2000


  • University of San Francisco
    School of Law

    2004 – 2007
    •  CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Research, Writing and Analysis
    • International Environmental Law Program – Nairobi, Kenya;
    • International Environmental Law – Research Assistant;
    • Public Interest Law Certificate;
    • Sierra Club Environmental Law Program Clerk
    • Dominican Republic Delegation on Human Rights


  • University of California, Berkeley
    2009 – 2011