GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD

ECOLOGY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

GOTS Approved Consultant

Approved Consultant

Katharina Schaus

Katharina Schaus

Company

it fits – Organic Textile Partner
Founder
Konstanz, Germany

Contact

Email:
Phone: +49 7531 8927322
Website: www.itfits.de

Background Information

Katharina Schaus has over 25 years of experience as an auditor, certification manager, certification consultant, sustainability manager and knowledge mediator in the textile and apparel industry.

She is co-initiator and on-boarding facilitator of GOTS.

Professional milestones, references, and experience:

From 1995-2018 IMO Swiss AG and Ecocert Group (as freelancer)

  • Establishment of the textile department at the certification body IMO Swiss AG:
    Development and implementation of an international inspection and certification system for organic textile production (certification programs: IVN, Coop Natura Line, GOTS).
  • Inspections, evaluations, certifications of spinning mills, weaving mills, dyeing factories, finishers, garment manufacturers, traders against standards such as GOTS, OCS, IVN-Best, IVN Leather, Fair for Life; On average 40 audits per year  in approx. 25 countries, 2 certification bodies / procedures; completed “GOTS Auditor Training Course” at Social Accountability International (SAI).
  • Organization of the international congress INTERCOT:
    1996 DE-Bingen, 2002DE-Düsseldorf, 2005 USA-Chicago - Milestones of the GOTS development.

Since 2001 it fits- Organic Textile Partner (as founder)

  • Consultancy specialized in sustainable textiles and certification systems (among others preparation for accreditation of BCS Control/Intertek, IMO), label and standard expertise.
  • Projects on supply chain management, chemical management, sustainable strategies, standard / policy development and implementation.
  • Publication, Co-authorship: green knowledge, Certification as a success factor (Zertifizierung als Erfolgsfaktor), The Fiber Year.

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