bluesign® ACADEMY

Who we are

The bluesign® ACADEMY is a dedicated team of technical experts committed to delivering valuable sustainability knowledge for society and industry. Our wealth of expertise is supported by practical experience drawn from many hundreds of on-site company assessments and chemical evaluations. Textile engineers and PhDs from the bluesign technical department support the bluesign® ACADEMY with their specialist skills.


Our Purpose

The bluesign ACADEMY creates and manages the bluesign® CRITERIA; the reference for all bluesign assessments and certifications.

Our experts provide tailored seminars, webinars, and customized technical training to companies in the areas of environment, safety, and sustainability in the textile industry. Our purpose is to reduce the impact of textile supply chains upon the planet and its people.

bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS strongly benefit from the bluesign® ACADEMY helpdesk and have access to regular webinars, our knowledge space, and our growing e-learning platform.

Our Services

Beside the benefits within a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERSHIP we offer a range of additional services which may further boost any company’s sustainability program.

We are always open to discuss whether we can support you with services that are not in our standard portfolio. If you need tailor made training or expert advice for specific technical issues, please contact us. We can tailor a solution that meets your needs.

All Academy Services



Wednesday, November 15, 2023

News from ERCA Group

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Bisphenol restriction proposal withdrawn

bluesign proactively monitors and restricts substances of concern to help its system partners to be prepared for upcoming regulations.


Thursday, September 21, 2023

bluesign® ACADEMY White Paper: New York Fashion Act

The Fashion Act is intended to lead the way on sustainable apparel production, in much the same way that the State of California was in the vanguard of vehicle emissions legislation in the US some years...


Our bluesign® ACADEMY experts

Dr. Daniel Waterkamp
PhD Chemical Engineering

Head of bluesign® ACADEMY

Daniel worked in a chemical lab for five years, and as an industrial service manager in Asia. He has been with Bluesign since 2015.

■  Product stewardship

■  Restricted substances management

■  Sustainable chemistry

Fabian Walda
Dipl. Ing. Textile and Clothing

Head of Sustainability Services

Fabian spent four years with an outdoor brand in restricted substance management and has been with bluesign since 2012.

■  Impact assessments

■  Sustainability management and reporting

■  Sustainability tools

Master of Science

Consumer Safety Expert

Katarzyna studied environmental geoscience and has been with Bluesign since 2013.

■  Consumer safety

■  Regulatory aspects

PhD Chemistry

Senior Expert and Lecturer University of Applied Science Hof

Thomas spent eight years working for a public institute for textile research, and eight years at a private institute for product safety and environmental protection. He has been with Bluesign since 2007.

■  Textile chemistry

■  Regulatory aspects

■  Consumer safety

■  Sustainable chemistry

Dr. Hartwig TewS
PhD Chemistry

Expert for Chemical Substance Evaluation

Hartwig has spent two years in the textile industry, 17 years in the chemical industry (regulatory affairs and product stewardship) and has been with Bluesign since 2014.

■  Chemical substance evaluation

■  Hazard and risk-based assessment concepts

■  Digitalization of substance-related data

Niclette mbala
Master's Degree in Education

Training Manager

Niclette worked in various fields and companies. The last few years, she decided to focus on learning management.

■  Educational management

■  Digital project management

■  Marketing and communication management

Dr. Jeff Yang
PhD Chemistry

Chemistry and Product Stewardship Expert

Jeff has worked for four years as a product development manager for coating materials before joining the textile chemical industry.

■  Textile chemistry and polymer chemistry

■  Sustainable chemistry

■  Restricted substance management

Our Technical Experts



Head of Technical Services

Makeba has over ten years of experience in the assessment of chemical products, hazard and risk assessments, and related manufacturing processes, in the context of chemical regulation and product certification.

■ Chemical regulation, labelling, SDS, REACH

■ Product stewardship, product safety

■ Ecotoxicology and environmental fate

Dr. Jimmy LEE

PhD Chemistry

Head of Textile Assessment Asia

Jimmy was a consultant providing consultancy services and technical support to textile, garment and plastic film manufacturers.

■  EHS audit

■  Sustainable textile processes

■  Chemical management

Arthur Ruan
B. Sc. Textile Chemistry

Company Assessor

Arthur has ten years of experience in product development for dyes and auxiliaries with a world-leading company.

■  Textile chemistry especially dyestuff

■  Regulations after China EHS, product/chemical safety

■  Product development

■  Product stewardship

PhD Chemistry

Head of Chemical Company Service Asia

Kevin worked at a commercial testing institute for ten years and has extensive knowledge of restricted substances.

■  Textile chemistry

■  Consumer safety

■  Product stewardship

PhD Chemistry and Material Science

Head of Chemical Assessment

Michael spent seven years working for a private textile and automotive company, and two years in research and development with a chemical company.

■  Textile/materials chemistry and manufacturing

■  Assessment of chemical products and materials

■  On-site assessments

■  Process improvements

How to get a quote and book your desired service

■ Contact us via email with an outline of your needs

■ Schedule a meeting with a bluesign ACADEMY technical expert for a service introduction and a discussion on your specific requirements

■ Receive a defined scope of work and formal quotation

■ Upon signature of the agreement, the ACADEMY will assist you in reducing the impact of your textile supply chains upon the planet and its people



Shared knowledge and education

At the bluesign® ACADEMY, we collect know-how from all of the areas of expertise in the textile production and delivery chain. We look beyond the horizon to learn from other industries. By observing new developments and trends, we prepare solutions for the future. We network with experts in the science, research and business sectors, and maintain an active exchange with our stakeholders.

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