Global Organic Textile Standard
Supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and by the remarkable demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has already gained universal recognition and support of major brands worldwide. It enables processors and manufacturers to supply their textiles made from organic fibres with one certification accepted in all major selling markets.
GOTS was developed by leading international standard setters – the GOTS international working group. It is comprised of four reputed member organisations, namely OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan). They define worldwide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling – in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
Only if you find the GOTS label with a licence number on a textile can you be sure that the product is GOTS certified.
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GOTS is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well. It is continuously further developed using an international multi-stakeholder approach where the GOTS Working Group contributes to, together with further international stakeholder organisations and experts, their respective expertise in organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing.
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Third party certification
On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders performed by independent specially accredited bodies is the basis of the GOTS monitoring system. This assures the integrity of GOTS certified textiles.
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Licencing & Labelling
With completion of GOTS certification, the certified entity acquires a licence which entitles it to participate in the GOTS program, including use of the standard and the GOTS logo on its respective GOTS goods. Details including the amount of the respective licence fee are defined in the “Licensing & Labelling Guide”.
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The GOTS public database is a practical tool that enables users to search, according to their individual needs, for GOTS certified entities in the supply chain, their location, field of operation, and GOTS certified products.
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The Information Centre on the GOTS website provides news on GOTS, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and downloads of all official documents released by the GOTS international working Group
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