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The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) today announced the appointment of Dr Paul Swan as the inaugural SustainaWOOL™ Program Manager. SustainaWOOL™ is the world’s largest wool integrity scheme, providing confidence to markets

that Australian wool is of high quality and produced to high standards.


This appointment signals AWEX’s intention to grow the scheme to provide new and additional benefits along the global wool supply chain. Paul has extensive experience in wool production and wool textile research in Australia and

internationally, including over a decade in senior executive roles for Australian Wool Innovation, and a number of past roles for International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO), including Chairing the IWTO Sustainable Practices, Product Wellness, and Wool Trade Biosecurity Working Groups.


Paul Swan is currently a Technical Advisor to the IWTO in the field of eco-credentials, is a member of the IWTO Sustainable Practices Working Group, and has also represented IWTO in the United Nations LEAP Program and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Paul has a doctorate in the field of wool science, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a non-executive Director of Laboratories Credit Union.


Ownership of the SustainaWOOL™ Integrity Scheme was transferred to AWEX in July 2019. Operating since 2015, SustainaWOOL™ has over 950 accredited farms and has built a reputation for adding significant value to its members, the Australian wool industry and customers along the supply chain. “AWEX is committed to SustainaWOOL™ and Paul’s appointment is an important step towards

creating new opportunities along the supply chain,” said Mark Grave, AWEX, CEO.

“Paul is well known in the wool industry both in Australia and across all wool producing countries and is well-placed to grow SustainaWOOL™ in all markets.”

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