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Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is the decision making committee for all relevant structural and political issues related to the Global Organic Textile Standard programme. Its members are nominated by the founding organisations. The Advisory Council meets annually.

Advisory Council

Chris Atkinson

Soil Association, Head of Standards

Gabriele Kolompar

International Association Natural Textile Industry

Tsuyoshi Maeda

Japan Organic Cotton Association

Gwendolyn Wyard

Organic Trade Association, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs
Standards Committee

The final decision about the Standard and Manual content and the interpretation of the Standard are taken by the members of the GOTS Standards Committee. These are experts representing all aspects of the textile value chain appointed by the founding organisations. The Committee is coordinated by the Director Standards Development and Quality Assurance, Rahul Bhajekar. The Terms of Reference of the Standards Committee are presently under review and this text will be revised accordingly as soon as possible.
The Standards Committee has the following main functions/authorities:

  • Generating revisions of the Standard and the Implementation Manual.
  • Developing the Labelling Guide and supervision of labelling applications.
  • Developing the accreditation system and related qualification and quality assurance requirements for certification bodies.
  • Supervision of accredited certification bodies to ascertain their adherence to, and consistent interpretation of, the GOTS and related stipulations.

Standards Committee

Elizabeth Bennett

Joseph M. Ha Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of Political Economy, Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR, US); Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, MA, US)

Rahul Bhajekar

Managing Director

Sarah Compson

Soil Association, International Development Manager

Jan Furstenborg

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

Markus Krüger

International Association Natural Textile Industry, Coordinator of IVN Standard Committee

Johanna Mirenda

Organic Trade Association, Farm Policy Director

Mutsumi Sakuyoshi

Japan Organic Cotton Association, Member of JOCA Board of Directors, Representative Director of Japan Organic Inspectors Association, Organic Inspector
Certifiers Council

GOTS approved certification bodies are responsible for the implementation of the GOTS quality assurance system. In this function they use the standard, procedures and tools of the GOTS Programme on a daily basis. Drawing on the broad expertise gathered during this work is vital for GOTS in order to further develop its functioning and practical system in the market.

For the purpose of facilitating this, GOTS established the Certifiers Council in which each approved certification body is represented by a responsible expert. The Certifiers Council has an advisory function with regard to all issues related to the GOTS quality assurance system. The collaboration of all approved GOTS certification bodies in this unique forum is an important prerequisite for a consistent interpretation of the criteria and requirements of the standard. Coordinated by the GOTS Director of Standards and Quality Assurance, the Certifiers Council makes proposals to the Standards Committee.

Certifiers Council

Dr. Mustafa Akyüz


Rahul Bhajekar

Managing Director

Sandeep Bhargava


Dr. Binay Kumar Choudhury

CU Inspections India

Vincent Duret

Ecocert Greenlife

Ana Fernandes

Control Union Certifications

Dr. Paolo Foglia


Peter Hinckley

IDFL Laboratory and Institute Inc.

Ulrike Kisteneich

Kiwa BCS

Pedro Landa


Anil Noyin

Control Union Gozetim ve Belgelendirme

Dr. Fabrizio Piva


Paulo Sarrico

CITEVE Certificação

Rajesh Selva

GCL International

Nesrin Serin

USB Certification

Philip Skentelbery

Soil Association Certification

Elizabeth Tigan

Oregon Tilth

Arianna Valsecchi


Ulrike Zdralek


Angela Zinni

General Staff

In 2008, the four founding organisations set up a legal entity under German law: "Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH" (Global Standard non-profit limited liability company). Charged with executing the Global Organic Textile Standard programme, this legal entity, conducts all regulatory activities in connection with the implementation of GOTS and its quality assurance, as well as the related labelling system. It is the proprietor of the GOTS label, which is registered as a trademark in relevant production countries and sales markets for organic textile goods.

Managing Directors

Rahul Bhajekar

Managing Director

Claudia Kersten

Managing Director


Jacqueline Schneider

Executive Assistant


Herbert Ladwig

Policy and Legal Advisor

Regional Representatives

GOTS has appointed several representatives who operate in a global network to promote GOTS in their respective regions and around the world. To date, regional representatives have been appointed in the major sales markets of the USA/Canada, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Japan, the United Kingdom and in the most important production countries: China, India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Africa. GOTS also employs representatives with special targets such as the European Union and global fashion brands.

Muktar Dodo

Representative in Africa

Franziska Dormann

Representative to Global Brands

Ganesh Kasekar

Representative in South Asia

Fiona Matsumoto

Representative in Japan

Felicia Shi

Representative in APAC

Christopher Stopes

Representative in UK

Lori Wyman

Representative in North America

Elif Yaraşık

Representative in Turkey

Juliane Ziegler

Representative in Germany/Austria/Switzerland

Standard Development and Quality Assurance

Ruslan Alyamkin

Responsible, Standard Development and Implementation (Social Responsibility)

Prachi Gupta

Responsible, Quality Assurance and Impact

Bükra Kalaycı

Responsible, Standard Development and Implementation (Ecology)

Lina Pfeifer

Organic Production

Special Assignments

Rohit Chaulkar

Data Assistant

Otto Kersten

Protection Officer

Mark Sebastian

Project Manager Central Database System

Christopher Stopes

Representative to the EU

Holger Stripf

Head of Marketing

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