Project Groups

Specialized focus. Timely action

Project Groups provide operational advice to the association on particular topics from an implementation perspective. They enable us to respond in a timely manner as particular issues arise and ensure that members’ views are taken into account.

Select a Project Group and find out more:


amfori BEPI System amfori BSCI System amfori BSCI Audit Integrity Programme
Audience Centric Communication Chemicals in Textiles and Footwear Chemical Policy and Supply Chains
Customs Sustainability in the Food Sector Sustainability Engagement Communication
Sustainability Platform User Feedback  Sustainability Policy Sustainable Wine Programme 2.0
Supply Chain Grievance Mechanism Transparency   


Concluded Project Groups


amfori BSCI Capacity Building Impact Assessment amfori BSCI Semi-Announced Audits Timber Pilot
Environmental issues in the food and beverage sector    


amfori Project Groups


amfori BEPI System


 Shape the evolution of the amfori BEPI system and tools. This Project Group brings together experienced amfori BEPI members and relevant guest speakers to define the needs and establish the direction of the amfori BEPI system.  Please note only members who participate in amfori BEPI can join

Duration: 24 months

Frequency: Four meetings per year (3 conference calls and 1 face-to-face meeting). Continuous work online.

amfori Secretariat lead: Anouschka Jansen, Program Development Senior Manager.

Members of the Project Group:

  • Migros represented by Christine Zwahlen
  • AS Watson represented by Doris Tai / Perry Ho
  • Aldi Nord represented by Katharina Rossow / Bjoern Ehlers
  • Aldi Sued represented by Niklas Wehner
  • Groupe Beaumanoir represented by Pauline Keraudy
  • Gueldenpfennig represented by Katharina Butke / Matthias Guggenberger
  • Etam represented by Jonathan Salmon
  • El Corte Ingles represented by Delia Garcia Gomez / Sergio Miguelez Moran
  • Coop Genossenschaft represented by Celine Arnold
  • Rewe Fareast represented by Patricia von Planta / Connie Lam
  • Deltex represented by Regina Kallfelz / Sandra Grlica

Vacancies available - apply now


amfori BSCI System


 Experienced amfori members who participate in amfori BSCI contribute to the development of the amfori BSCI and help us align social programmes and systems to the needs of our members. 

Duration: 24 months – subject to extension

Frequency: Two meetings per year. Continuous work online.

amfori Secretariat Lead: Yakut Oktay, Social Programmes Lead

Members of the Project Group:

  • Migros represented by Marius Lang (Chair)
  • Hunkemoller represented by Rebecka Sancho-Alba
  • Gerry Weber International represented by Annette Koch
  • Coop Genossenschaft represented by Anna Vetsch
  • Alko Inc. represented by Marja Aho
  • Leineweber GmbH & Co. KG (BRAX) represented by Alissa Sekulic
  • Florett Textil GmbH & CO KG represented by Nicole Hartmann
  • ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. OHG represented by Fabian Schlesinger
  • Systembolaget represented by Hanna Sutherlin
  • Walser Group represented by Marc Hörburger
  • TOM TAILOR GmbH represented by Claudia Landgraf
  • Peek + Cloppenburg KG (Dusseldorf) represented by Eckhard Spanier




amfori BSCI Capacity Building Impact Assessment 


 amfori members with knowledge and experience on impact measurements work alongside the Secretariat to develop a framework to measure the impact of amfori BSCI Capacity Building activities.

Duration: Nine months

Frequency: Three conference calls and two face-to-face meetings

amfori lead: Litich Ling, Quality Control Manager – Capacity Building (Greater China)

Members of Project Group:

  • ALDI CR-SUPPORT ASIA LTD, represented by Amy Fung
  • Metro Sourcing, represented by Calvin Ho
  • Etam Group Strategy, represented by Jonathan Salmon
  • REWE Far East, represented by Louise Wong
  • Florett Textil, represented by Nicole Hartmann (Vice-Chair)
  • Peter Hahn/ TriStyle, represented by Patrizia Strupp
  • ALDI Service Asia, represented by Serena Wong (Chair)
  • Tom Tailor Sourcing, Tilky Wang
  • Lidl HK, represented by Erika Chan


amfori BSCI Semi-Announced Audits


 amfori members work with the Secretariat to find and implement solutions for driving an increase in the use of Semi-Announced Audits in amfori BSCI

Duration: Six months

Frequency: Two conference calls and one face-to-face meeting

amfori Secretariat lead: Katja Schulze, Regional Manager EMEA.

Members of Project Group:

  • Marc Hörburger (Walser Group)
  • Sabine Paulsen (Schmidt Group)
  • Tilky Wang (Tom Tailor)
  • Sarah Enzler (Olymp Bezner KG)
  • Matthias Schubert (C. Melchers GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Alex Poon (Lidl Hong Kong)
  • Luisa Seifert (Aldi)
  • Matthias Guggenberger (Popken Fashion Group)Dion Fox (Aldi US)



amfori BSCI Audit Integrity Programme Support


 amfori members support the Secretariat on key elements regarding the Audit Integrity Programme. Their expertise helps improve the audit quality and help draw up an external reporting strategy and plan for the Audit Quality Programme for launch Jan 2019.

Duration: 12 months

Frequency: Numerous conference calls throughout the year

amfori Secretariat lead: Erika Sok, Services & Programs Manager.

  • Daniel Hopp Hopp KG
  • Mali Stelzer NKD Services GmbH
  • Balaji Ramamurthi Ramamurthi
  • Cindy Chan ICA GlobalBecky Tsui Li&Fung
  • Christa Dahl Wuensche
  • Vähämaa Sohvi Kesko
  • Sekulic Alissa Brax
  • Janke Lisa Ovibell GmbH & Co. KG
  • Lehnert Sonja Florett Textil
  • Dorothea S. Flockert Deichman


Audience-Centric Communication

At amfori we want to continuously improve the way communicate with different audiences across our channels. We want to make sure the information you get as members is relevant, attractive, effective and up-to-speed with global trends. Therefore, your input as a core audience is crucial to make sure we move in a direction in line with your expectations. Join this project group to help guide our audience-centric communication approach going forward.

Duration: 18 months

Frequency: 6-8 Conference calls depending on milestones

amfori Secretariat Sponsor: Stephanie Luong, Vice President of Public Affairs

Deadline for application: 30 October 2019

Vacancies available - Apply now


Chemicals in textiles and footwear​


This Project Group focuses on aligning the rollout and use of best practices and standards. It provides guidance on chemical management and technical-related topics and helps us support amfori BEPI participants in successfully implementing the Supply Chain Chemical Management Module.

Duration: 12 months

Frequency: Four meetings (3 conference calls and 1 face-to-face meeting.)  Continuous work online

amfori Secretariat lead: Sandhya Sharma-Tosserams, Environmental & Chemical Services Lead.

Members of Project Group:

  • Global Brands Group, represented by Aimme Kirkpatrick
  • Coop Genossenschaft, represented by Anna Vetsch 
  • G.Gueldenpfennig GmbH, represented by Julian Wu
  • Tex idea GmbH, represented by  Dieter Stoll
  • Aldi Sued, represented by Angelina Siemer
  • Aldi Nord, represented by Katharina Rossow
  • Deltex, represented by Stella Sun (and Corinna Munzel in Stella’s absence)
  • Isatraesko, represented by Juliane Michel-Weichthal
  • Florett Textil, represented by Laura Muschiolik and Mohammad Islam
  • Walser Group, represented by Marc Hörburger
  • Rewe Fareast, represented by Tracy Lee


Chemical policy and supply chains


 amfori members receive updates on chemical policy and provide input on the most pressing regulatory developments affecting supply chains. The group also discusses policy proposals on chemicals affecting supply chains.

Duration: 24 months

Frequency: One face-to-face meeting and four conference calls a year.




 This Project Group helps us focus our efforts to ensure that amfori members’ concerns are properly heard at the appropriate fora, and considered by the appropriate people in order to meet their needs.

Duration: 24 months

Frequency: Two meetings per year. Continuous work online.

amfori Secretariat lead: Stuart Newman, Legal Trade Senior Advisor.

Members of Project Group:

  • Celio, represented by Lise Delabre 
  • Textimporterener, represented by Katti Edvardsson 
  • Decathlon, represented by Olivier Ganne 
  • Inditex, represented by Jacobo Iribarnegaray
  • ACTE International, represented by Zakarya Mazid 
  • Vivarte Group, represented by Florence Rougé
  • Deichmann, represented by Henning Rohlfs 
  • Metro, represented by Bernd Schaefer 
  • AVE, represented by Stephanie Schmidt
  • karstadt, represented by Olaf Schmitt 
  • BGA, represented by Marcus Schwenke
  • Hugo Boss, represented by Bernd Stadtler 
  • C&A, represented by Andrea Steffen 
  • Textilimporterena, represented by Ake Weyler 


Environmental issues in the food and beverage sector


 amfori members help us determine the specific environmental improvement needs of the food & beverage sector and identify key partners and stakeholders for potential collaboration. In this Project Group, we also identify the necessary improvements to the current SAQ (Self-Assessment Questionnaire) and working on potential modules and training. Please note this group is open for members who participate in amfori BEPI only.

Duration: 12 months

Frequency: Four meetings (three conference calls and one face-to-face meeting). Continuous work online

amfori Secretariat lead: Stephanie Raymond, Research Manager.


Supply Chain Grievance Mechanism

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights chapter III Access to Remedy calls on businesses to establish grievance mechanisms which ensure that “when abuses occur, those affected have access to effective remedy”. To support its members in this endeavour and to maximise the collaborative nature of amfori’s membership, amfori has started a project to support its members in providing access to remedy to workers in their global supply chains. The SCGM would aim to address grievances raised by workers/employees of producers and/or communities in members’ global supply chains which cannot or have not been addressed through the producer’s operational grievance mechanism.

Duration: 12 months (with extension possible) , Jan 2020 - Jan 2021

Status: Started (closed for applications)

Frequency: 3 - 4 face to face meetings and approx. 5 calls

Lead from the main office: Anouschka Jansen

Members of the project group: 

BRAX Leineweber
Florett Textil GmbH & Co KG
Miles GmbH
Otto Group
REWE Group
Schmidt Group (Bay City Textilhandels GmbH )
TriStyle Group
weforyou GmbH



Sustainability in the Food Sector


amfori members lend their expertise to the development and alignment of food programmes and systems on social and environmental aspects of sustainability. They help us identify trends in the food sector, develop responses to key sustainability issues, support the piloting of new services/projects.

Duration: 24 months (Feb 2019 to Feb 2021)

Frequency: Four meetings per year (two conference calls and two face-to-face meetings). 

amfori Secretariat lead: Anna Stancher, Strategy and Innovation.

Members of the Project Group:

  • ALDI SOUTH Group
  • amfori
  • Axfood
  • Delhaize
  • LIDL
  • REWE Group
  • Salling Group
  • System Frugt A/S
  • Systembolaget



Vacancies available - apply now

Sustainability platform user feedback


If you are a user of amfori’s sustainability platforms, join subject matter and technical experts in this Project Group to have your say and discuss areas for improvement going forward.

Duration: Six months

Frequency: Ad-hoc after production-ready stages

amfori Secretariat lead: Alain Paumen, Director Technology.

Members of the Project Group:

  • Janina Deller - Olymp
  • Ninna Bilstrup Rask - Jysk
  • Thorsten Zeunert, Nancy Degen - Aldi-Sued
  • Hanna Kangasaho - Alko
  • Nils Toedter, Lilly von Allesch - Wuensche
  • Senja Forsman - SOK


Sustainability Engagement Communication


Sustainability communication is increasingly expected from consumers and if properly done can open up several opportunities for businesses. Help us shape a set of tools to support amfori members communicating their efforts in this arena.

We encourage professionals with experience in communications, marketing or PR to join!

Duration: 6 months

Frequency: Four conference calls and ongoing work online.

amfori Secretariat lead: Julieta Tourne, Marketing Lead.

Members of Project Group:

  • Alko represented by Elina Tompuri
  • Global Brands Group Apparel & Accessories represented by Patricia Perren (Alko, Finland)
  • HEMA Far East, represented by Firoz Mahmud
  • amfori Network – Switzerland represented by Pierre Strub

Vacancies available - apply now


Sustainability Policy


Receive the latest information on supply chain-related sustainability policy and help amfori position itself on a national, EU and international level.

Duration: 24 months

Frequency: TBD

amfori Secretariat lead: Valentina Bolognesi, Social & Environmental Policy Advisor

Members of Project Group:


  • Li & Fung represented by, Leanne Melnyk (elected Chair)
  • A.S. Watson Health & Beauty Benelux, represented by Leendert van Bergeijk
  • Casino Guichard Perrachon, represented by Frederic Lecoq
  • Clama GmbH & Co. KG, represented by Anne Stemmer• Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE), represented by Andrea Breyer
  • DELTEX Handelsgesellschaft mbH, represented by Regina Sophie Kallfelz
  • Global Management Services Ltd., represented by Wing Chung
  • Modint, represented by Antonio Barberi Ettaro
  • Leineweber GmbH & Co. KG, represented by Alissa Sekulic
  • Lidl Singapore Pte. Ltd, represented by Chau Tran
  • Global Brands Group, represented by Patricia Perren 


Vacancies available - apply now



Sustainable Wine Programme 2.0


Together, we will identify what sustainable wine truly means for our members, and what are the trends and hotspots that need to be addressed to enable a sustainable product from grape to glass.

Duration: 12 months (Sep 2019 to Sep 2020)

Frequency: Four meetings per year (two conference calls and two face-to-face meetings). 

amfori Secretariat leads: Anna Stancher and Raquel P.S. Motta, Strategy and Innovation.

Members of the Project Group:

  • Albert Hejin
  • Ahold Delhaize
  • Alko
  • Denner
  • El Corte Ingles
  • Salling Group
  • SLV, Swedish Spirits & Wine Association
  • Systembolagert
  • Vinmonopolet


Transparency Project Group

This project group supports amfori’s strategic roadmap on transparency and will provide input and feedback on the following elements:
Member needs and stakeholder expectations with regards to transparency
amfori organisational level transparency
Development of an internal member evaluation program
Data and reporting needs 
Guidance and tools to help members in their transparency journey
The duration of PG – 12 months
Frequency of meetings - Quarterly
Lead form the secretariat – Stephanie Raymond
Members of the project group 
Gerry Weber International AG
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
El Corte Ingles
TriStyle Mode GmbH

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