Li & Fung , Executive Director, Government & Public Affairs
Rick Darling serves as Executive Director, Government & Public Affairs for Li & Fung Trading, a multi-national consumer goods sourcing company recognized as a leader in design, development, sourcing and distribution with over 300 offices and distribution centers in more than 40 economies.He is a longtime advocate for bringing innovation, creativity and sustainability to the apparel industry and its related supply chain.
Rick oversees the company’s government relations, public affairs and supply chain sustainability on global industry initiatives such as improving worker safety in Bangladesh. Rick represents Li & Fung as an advisor to The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety formed by the North American and, The Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh for major European retailers and brands.
Prior to Li & Fung, Mr. Darling founded The Millwork Trading Company, which specialized in private label programs for specialty retailers and wholesalers in the U.S. and Japan. Millwork was in joint venture with Li & Fung for 16 years until Li & Fung acquired it in 1998. He then established the LF USA office in 2004 and served as its President until 2013. During that time he expanded the Company’s US brands portfolio and developed its on and off-shore models.
Rick has served two consecutive terms as the Chairman for the American Apparel & Footwear Association, is on the Boards of Fashion Institute of Technology, the University of Arkansas, Fashion Delivers and a member of the Parsons Board of Governors.