Webinar: Cotton Traceability Solutions for Brands & Manufacturers

Thursday, June 22, 2023
2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Online


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Do you know where your cotton comes from? Do conduct due diligence to make sure it doesn’t come from a source that uses forced labor? Learn about the latest tools and technologies that can help you trace cotton in your supply chain.
We will provide practical tools and solutions to help you "do your due diligence" for cotton compliance from source-to-shelf.  How should you verify your cotton origin from fiber all the way to finished goods? Is a document trail enough, or can new testing tools like isotope testing and Cotton DNA analysis, together with traceability management systems, help address the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) and other forced labor concerns?
Join the webinar to understand how you can develop a due diligence plan that is comprehensive and cost-effective for the cotton in your supply chain.
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • To better understand your cotton supply chain and the importance of supply chain mapping.
  • To recognize cost-effective tools for your due diligence plan.
  • How DNA traceability and isotope testing can be used together for UFLPA compliance.


Headshot of MeiLin WanMeiLin Wan
Vice President, Textile Sales
Applied DNA Sciences 

Ms. Wan is responsible for providing clients with innovative molecular business solutions to preserve the integrity of products, assure quality and enable responsible and sustainable sourcing practices globally. She leads the team to create commercial solutions under the CertainT platform for cotton, synthetics, recycled PET, wool, viscose, leather, down and feather, thread, labels, and specialty coatings.  She has a Bachelors of Commerce degree with first-class honors in Strategic Management from the University of Western Australia. She also was an associate lecturer at the University of Utah and the University of Toronto.

Headshot of Dr. Sandeep KhatuaSandeep Khatua
Global Technical Director

Sandeep is a Product Safety and Business Development Executive in the Consumer Goods Industry. He brings years of experience leading improvements in the quality assurance process, product, and business development activities within diverse industries such as apparel, home goods, footwear, and accessories.  Sandeep received his Bachelor of Technology in textile engineering at the University of Calcutta, India; his Master of Science in Textiles Science & Engineering at the University of Leeds, England; and his Ph.D. in fiber & polymer science at the University of California, Davis.


Headshot of Nate HermanNate Herman
Senior Vice President, Policy

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s Policy department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 


Stephanie Paendong