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Advisory Council, Management and Standards Committee

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 13:17

GOTS Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is the decisive committee for all relevant organizational, structural and political issues of the Global Organic Textil Standard. It is being set up by the founding organizations jointly.

l Gabriele Kolompar,
International Association Natural Textile Industry

 Watanabe Chieko Watanabe,
Japan Organic Cotton Association

Monique Marez 

Monique Marez,
Organic Trade Association

Francis Blake,
Soil Association


Management of the Global Standard Non-Profit GmbH

Herbert Ladwig,
Managing Director;
Global Standard Non-Profit GmbH
In charge of strategy, standard protection, politics, legal and government affairs

Rahul Bhajekar tcl

Rahul Bhajekar
Director Standards Development and Quality Assurance;
Coordinator, Technical Committee and
Certifiers Council
In charge of standards development, implementation and quality assurance

Claudia Kersten,
Director Marketing & Finance
GOTS Representative Germany,
Austria and Switzerland
In charge of formulating and implementing the strategic marketing plan, coordination of GOTS Representatives worldwide and Finance


GOTS Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is in charge of generating proposals for revisions of the standard and conducting the multi stakeholder revision process, issuing interpretation documents, developing the quality assurance system and to supervising its implementation. Members are appointed jointly by the founding organization. The Committee is coordinated by the Director Standards Development and Quality Assurance, Rahul Bhajekar.

Gwendolyn Wyard,
Organic Trade Association, 
Regulatory Director,
Organic Standards & Food Safety
MarkusKrueger-IVN Markus Krueger,
International Association Natural Textile Industry,
Coordinator of IVN Standard Committee
Kazuhiko Mori,
Japan Organic Cotton Association,
Chris Bass Lake Chris Atkinson,
Soil Association,
Head of Standards
Jan Furstenborg tc

Jan Furstenborg,
Social Expert, Member of GSCP and SAI (SA8000) Boards

Rahul Bhajekar tc Rahul Bhajekar,
GOTS Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance
Coordinator of the Standards Committee