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Natural fibre standards and certifications

12 October, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us to find out how certifications and standards work for natural fibres and materials in the textile industry.

About this event

There is increasing demand for certified products and materials. Consumers want higher standards from the products they buy, and manufacturers want to make sure they can verify sustainability practices in their supply chain. Learn how businesses in the fashion and textile industry can use standards and certifications to ensure traceability, cultivation and processing standards, and what is required to communicate these schemes with customers.

Schemes covered will include Organic Content Standard (OCS), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Content Claim Standard (CCS).

“There are so many certifications and standards in the fashion and textiles industry, it can be challenging for brands and suppliers, let alone consumers, to understand how they all work. Identifying the need for more education in this area, Mindful Fashion has partnered with Raw Assembly, bringing together global experts to create this education series as a way to break down some of the complexities and make the information more accessible.” Jacinta FitzGerald, Programme Director Mindful Fashion New Zealand.


Sylvia Poel-Sietsema – Control Union Australia

Sylvia is General Manager of Sustainability standards and certifications at Control Union Australia.
Control Union is a global certification body with boots on the ground in over 70 countries. It plays a major role in auditing and verification of certifications in the textile industry. Sylvia will talk about how certifications and standards work, and give insight into what’s involved in the verification process.

Fiona Matsumoto – Global Organic Textile Standard, Japan

Fiona is the Regional Representative for GOTS Japan. GOTS is a textile processing standard for organic fibres, and includes both ecological and social criteria. In 2020, there were 10,388 GOTS certified facilities in 72 countries with more than 4million workers covered under GOTS. Fiona will give insight into the key standard features and the conditions for the use of GOTS signs.

Dane Ward – Afends

Dane is General Manager at Afends. Afends is a streetwear brand committed to being environmentally and socio-economically sustainable in all facets of its company. Its philosophy is ‘Question Everything’ which is about inspiring people to educate themselves. Dane will share Afends sustainability journey and provide insights about the certifications and standards in place at the company.


Mindful Fashion is the industry organisation for NZ fashion and textiles, driving responsible practices and sustainable development of the industry. Its mission is to unite New Zealand’s clothing and textile industry to create an innovative, full-circle, and thriving future.


RawAssembly is an innovative and responsible fashion & textile industry-sourcing event, magazine and digital platform, dedicated to transforming the way in which raw materials are sourced, processed, and consumed.


12 October, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm