The Partnership

Steering Committee

The strategic steering and further development of the Textiles Partnership is the responsibility of the Steering Committee (SC).

The Steering Committee is the central decision-making body in the Textiles Partnership. This is stipulated in the rules of cooperation (DE and EN) as a binding basis for the work of the partnership.

The steering committee is composed of twelve representatives of the stakeholder groups business, federal government, non-governmental organisations, standard organisations and trade unions. The twelve SC members are elected by the members every two years. The last election took place in 2021.

In its meetings, the Steering Committee decides, among other things, on membership applications and new projects. Once a year, the SC meets for a closed meeting to discuss the general structure and strategy of the Textile Partnership.

Members of the Steering Committee at the Strategy Retreat 2022.
The representatives in the steering committee
Gisela Burckhardt 2021_SW

Dr. Gisela Burckhardt


Alexandra Caterbow

HEJ Support

Stefan Genth

Handelsverband Deutschland - HDE e.V.

Berndt Hinzmann

INKOTA-netzwerk e.V.

Nico Kemmler

Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG
Claudia Kersten April 2021 sw

Claudia Kersten

Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH - GOTS

Anke Oppermann

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ

Dr. Uwe Mazura

Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry – t&m
Blanke_Foto SW

Moritz Blanke

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Ingo Strube

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety – BMU
Tobias Wollermann SW

Prof. Dr. Tobias Wollermann

Otto Group

Frank Zach

German Trade Union Confederation – DGB
FAQ Steering Committee

The steering committee decides on the frequency of its meetings at the beginning of the term. The rules of cooperation prescribe at least three face-to-face meetings per year.

The steering committee only has a quorum if at least one member from each stakeholder group is present at the entire meeting. Elected representatives should therefore be able to ensure regular attendance at meetings. If attendance is not possible, members can be represented by another member of their stakeholder group.

The steering committee meets at different locations. The location of the meetings is agreed at the latest at the previous meeting. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meetings are held on a hybrid basis.

Representatives of organisations that are full members of the Textiles Partnership - i.e. are assigned to an actor group - are eligible to run for election. Employees of advisory members are not eligible to vote and cannot run for the steering committee.

The cooperation in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and in the steering committee is voluntary.

The election is held via an online tool. Each member organisation entitled to vote will receive access for voting. All full members are called upon to nominate an eligible voter.

Each stakeholder group is elected according to the simple majority principle. Each stakeholder group has as many votes as it is allowed to send representatives to the steering committee.

Voting is expected to take place online from 8 a.m. on May 08, 2023, until 2 p.m. on May 24, 2023. If a run-off election is required, it will take place in June.

The new steering committee will meet for the first time on 20. September 2023, together with the current steering committee.