Committee of Management

Member associations, associate members and corporate members are entitled to appoint at least one delegate/representative and one substitute delegate/representative to the Committee of Management. Only delegates from member associations have the right to vote. In addition, the Chief Officials of Member Associations (i.e. Executive Vice-President, Director, Secretary General, etc.) are entitled to take an active part in the meetings of the Committee of Manage- ment, without, however, the right to vote.

The Committee of Management is the supreme authority of the International Federation, with the fullest possible powers, including powers to amend the Statutes. No action may be taken in the name of the Federation, either by individuals or by the Federation's sub-committees, with- out the formal approval of the Committee of Management. Thus, the Committee of Manage- ment exercises full control over all the Federation's activities.

The Committee of Management reaches its decision by a qualified majority vote, as it has been in the past an unwritten law that the Federation should not, if possible, take any action or adopt any resolution unless there was unanimity among its members. It is the desire of ITMF members to continue with this practice, which has been largely responsible for the strength and cohesion of the organization.

The Committee of Management of ITMF is sometimes referred to as the world parliament of the textile industries. It normally meets once a year during the Federation's annual conference. These conferences form the highlights of the Federation's activities. They provide a unique neutral, international forum, at which the leaders of the world's textile industries can meet and exchange views on matters of common interest. This function of ITMF as a clearing house of ideas and experiences is perhaps the most valuable service which the Federation can render to its members.

ITMF Committees


Whereas the Committee of Management is mainly concerned with the broader aspects and more general problems of the textile industries, including matters of policy, the more practical and technical tasks of ITMF are usually dealt with by a number of specialized sub-committees. All member associations, associate and corporate members are entitled to be represented, as appropriate, on these sub-committees and to take an active part in their work, in accordance with the Statutes and within the limits of each sub-committee's own rules.

As it is not always convenient for members to be represented at all sub-committee meetings, especially when a meeting is held far away from the individual member's country, special procedures are provided to ensure that the views of such members on specific issues are duly taken into account.