International Silk Union (ISU) is an international and specialized non-profit social organization in which enterprises and related organizations from the silk producing and consuming countries participate voluntarily. The secretariat is located in Hangzhou, China. Since October 2015, after the foundation, there has been more than 130 enterprises and organizations from 20 countries and regions joining ISU, including China, Italy, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Poland, Japan, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, USA, Australia, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Laos and Hong Kong(China), among which there are 46 executive member units and 11 vice chairman units. Especially Italian Silk Office, INTERSOIE France, Brazilian Silk Association, Vietnam Sericulture Association, and Cambodia Silk Sector Promotion and Development Commission have joined as countries or regions, and their influence radiates to hundreds of companies. In 2020, ISU is included in the “Yearbook of International Organizations”, Union of International Associations(UIA), becoming the first silk international organization in the UIA that the secretariat locates in China.
Adhering to the purpose of “Communication & Cooperation, Development with Concerted Efforts”, ISU actively docks international exchanges and cooperation, holds international conferences, organizes international inspections, and establishes the professional committees in silk field including History Culture, Education Research, Technical Innovation, Fashion Design, etc. In order to smooth information exchanges, ISU establishes official website of “World Silk Website” and Self-Media Matrix, and uses the authoritative academic journal of “Journal of Silk” as the Union Proceedings, which integrates the professional scientific journals, official bilingual websites, WeChat, Toutiao, Sohu, Baijia and Tencent etc., promoting the international integration and development of silk culture and industry. The chairman of ISU is Zhang Guoqiang, the chairman of the board of Cathaya group. The secretary-general of ISU is Li Qizheng, the director of Hangzhou Oriental Silk Culture and Brand Research Center, and the president of Periodicals Agency of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University.