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Steering Committee: With two new members into the new term

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02.08.2021

Steering Committee: With two new members into the new term

The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body in the Textiles Partnership. In its meetings, the steering committee decides, among other things, on membership applications and new projects. Once a year, the SK meets for a closed meeting to discuss the general structure and strategy of the Textiles Partnership.

Every two years, the members of the various stakeholder groups elect their representatives for the steering committee. In the spring, the last election took place, the term of office began on August 1, 2021. The newly elected steering committee is composed as follows:

Economy:
  • Dr. Uwe Mazura, German Textile and Fashion Industry Association e.V. (Textile+Fashion)
  • Stefan Genth, Commerce Association Germany - HDE e.V.
  • Nico Kemmler, Textilkontor Walter Seidensticker GmbH & Co. KG
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Wollermann, Otto Group
Non-governmental organisations:
  • Alexandra Caterbow, HEJ Support
  • Dr. Gisela Burckhardt, FEMNET
  • Berndt Hinzmann, INKOTA
Trade unions:
  • Frank Zach, German Trade Union Confederation – DGB
Standard organisations:
  • Claudia Kersten, Global Standard non-profit GmbH (GOTS)
Federal Government:
  • Anosha Wahidi, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Dr. Olaf Seiring, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – BMAS
  • Ingo Strube, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety – BMU

Johannes Merck (Otto Group) and Sabine Ferenschild (Südwind) did not run again for the steering committee. As a result, Tobias Wollermann and Alexandra Caterbow joined the Steering Committee as new members.

We would like to express our thanks to all members of the Steering Committee for their contribution in the past and wish the newly elected or re-elected members all the best and great success for the upcoming term of office!
Voices from the steering committee

"I hope that civil society and companies will work together in alliance initiatives, such as the Tamil Nadu Alliance Initiative (India) and the Initiative on Complaint Mechanisms (in India and Vietnam), to achieve improvements for workers, especially women. I also think that in the review process we can lay some important foundations for requirements in the future Supply Chain Act, which many civil society organisations have advocated for."

Dr. Gisela Burckhardt, FEMNET

"The next two years will be decisive for the further orientation and establishment of the Textiles Partnership. Due to the binding regulation for corporate due diligence obligations, industry-specific multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Textiles Partnership are particularly in demand. My expectations here are that the Alliance will develop relevant industry standards and targeted support measures for the implementation of corporate diligence. As a result, the Textiles Partnership can gain even more importance and scope. Because the alliance has great potential to play a decisive role in shaping standards – let's use this potential!"

Anosha Wahidi, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

"Clothing is made by people for people – the Textiles Partnership is an important building block towards more environmental compatibility and social justice along the textile supply chain. I hope that (even) more companies will make their ambitions public through membership."

Ingo Strube, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety – BMU

"I am looking forward to being elected to the Steering Committee and to representing the Economic Stakeholder Group in the term of office that is now beginning. Together with the other SK members, the Textiles Partnership wants to play a strategic role in shaping and thus enabling further progress and improvement for the entire textile sector. The topics of innovative solutions for more transparency of supply chains or the translation of legal requirements into business practice are of particular concern to me."

Prof. Dr. Tobias Wollermann, Otto Group