FWF is an independent not-for-profit foundation. Independence is guaranteed by a tripartite (multi-stakeholder) board, in which business associations, trade unions and (labour) NGOs are equally represented. Based in Amsterdam, FWF works internationally with companies all over Europe and in production countries worldwide.
Agostino Di Giacomo Russo, Union Representative, CNV DienstenbondAgostino Di Giacomo Russo
The board comprises various types of organisations, each with an equal vote. There is also an independent chairman. The composition at present is as follows:
Ieke van den Burg, former Member of the European Parliament
Employer’s organisations for garment supplier companies
Han Bekke, General Manager Modint
Employers’ organisations for the garment retail trade
Jan Dirk van der Zee, Director Mitex
Dirk Vinken, Director FGHS
Henk van der Kolk, (Chair FNV Bondgenoten)
Agostino Di Giacomo Russo (Union Representative, CNV Dienstenbond)
Jupijn Haffmans (board member of Clean Clothes Campaign)
Miges Baumann (Brot für Alle)
The Clean Clothes Campaign in turn represents a large number of affiliated NGOs.
Erica van Doorn joined FWF in April 2008.
A frank and professional director,
Erica always looks for common ground to build on.
Commitee of experts
The Board and staff are supported by the Committee of Experts. The experts who have a seat in this advisory committee represent the same wide spectrum of organisations as the board. The personal knowledge and commercial contribution of each expert ensures there is top class advice and a good coordination of the policy of FWF with other organisations and companies.
Femke Weiss is FWF’s in-house emergency service. She manages the office, the people in it and makes sure loose ends get tied up.
Acquisition, marketing & communication
Marketing & Communications officer
Martin Curley has done every conceivable job related to fashion and/or social justice. Having joined FWF in 2010, Martin has initiated a complete overhaul of FWF's marketing activities, especially vis-a-vis our member companies.
Junior Marketing & Communications officer
Thanks to her background in design, Lisa is always up to date with the latest news in (sustainable) fashion. She feels passionate about making FWF more appealing and transparent for consumers. In 2011 she joined the FWF communications team and has mainly been focusing on the consumer campaign.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Sophie Koers, author of Practical Idealism, wants companies to be proud of their work with FWF. Being transparent about their progress will make companies more attractive to consumers.
Business Development Manager
Hendrine Stelwagen's combined fashion and anthropology background means she speaks the language of both the garment companies and the social compliance experts.
International Verification Coordinators
Stefanie Santila Karl
After years of working for one of FWF's oldest German member companies hessnatur, Stefanie Karl joined the FWF verification team in March 2012. During her work at hessnatur, Stefanie was trained as social auditor herself. She is now responsible for FWF's work in India, Lithuania and Poland.
Juliette Li started at FWF in 2010 and is responsible for FWF's work in Bangladesh and Thailand. She is experienced in social auditing and factory training in South East Asia. She was an FWF auditor in China in 2004-2005.
Annabel Meurs worked at Dutch NGO Hivos before joining FWF in 2011. In her spare time, she initiated 'a Call to Action', aiming to mainstream international cooperation in Dutch society. Annabel is responsible for low risk and European production countries, as well as Tunisia.
Ivo Spauwen is FWF’s verification coordinator for China, Vietnam and Ukraine. Before joining FWF Ivo did a research internship in the ILO programme Better Factories Cambodia. Ivo spends most of his spare time on learning Mandarin and kickboxing.
Margreet Vrieling, a former trade union representative at the ILO, knows the ILO conventions like the back of her hand. Margreet joined FWF in January 2010 and is now responsible for Turkey.
Since early 2012, FWF's Switzerland office has been closed. All European activities are currently coordinated from the Amsterdam headquarters.