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New Webinar Demystifies Textiles Standards Certification, Including Brand Perspective from Patagonia

As preferred fibers and material commitments in the textile industry continue to grow, the role of core material standards supporting preferred materials becomes increasingly important. If you don’t know the truth – you can’t tell the truth!

The auditing and certification process is often misunderstood by many key stakeholders, including sustainability leads, product development staff and compliance and sourcing professionals.

Brand Perspective: Patagonia

NSF is pleased to have Nick Allen, Traceability Manager at Patagonia, as a guest on the webinar, providing the brand perspective and experience of the process, including lessons learned, best practices and advice on the effective management of transaction certificates.

Topics Covered

  • Review of the fundamentals of the process steps for certification
  • Information needed for each step
  • Details of scope certificates (SCs) and transaction certificates (TCs)
  • Overview of NSF’s different textile standards
  • How TCs and SCs are issued and how they should be managed effectively


Jeff Wilson, Sr. Business Development Manager, NSF

Jeff works with apparel and footwear brands globally to advance sustainability issues within their company and supply chain, supporting preferred materials, safer chemistry and environmental impact reductions. Prior to his work at NSF, Jeff served as Vice President of Sustainability at Quiksilver.

Nicholas Allen, Traceability Manager, Patagonia

Nick manages the traceability program at Patagonia, working with suppliers around the world to ensure traceability of materials, conducting due diligence on their environmental, social and animal welfare claims, and sharing Patagonia’s journey with other brands and industry groups.

Philip Alexandrin, Senior Certification Project Manager, Sustainability, NSF

Phil works with organizations who are developing and implementing sustainability programs and has over 20 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability field as both an internal and external consultant, 11 of those years spent at NSF as a Senior Auditor and now a Senior Certification Project Manager.

Textile Sustainability Webinar Series

This webinar is the first in an ongoing series aimed at advancing understanding about the entire process, from application to certification and beyond, making the process more efficient and less costly for everyone involved. Upcoming webinars will review the Content Claim Standard Brand Distribution Network Exemption options and the marketing and on-product labeling/claims requirements of Textile Exchange standards.

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