The number of facilities becoming certified to GOTS increased 11 percent to surpass the 3000 mark in 2012, growing from 2,714 facilities in 2011 to 3,016 facilities in 2012, according to new data from the GOTS International Working Group. Please see the press releasesfor the globe and with additional region specific facts from the GOTS Representatives for China, Germany-Austria-Switzerland, India, Japan, UK and USA for more information.
GOTS Annual Report 2012 released
All information about development, implementation, verification and promotion of GOTS in 2012 was published in the Annual Report 2012, which you can download here.
GOTS seen as the procurement standard of choice
Leading organizations like Greenpeace International and Swiss Olympics have adopted GOTS as the gold standard for their natural fibre product procurement policies.
The Consortium of Green Fashion (CGF) in India recently presented awards in five categories: Industry, Designer, NGO, Student Competition and Best Paper. The award presented to GOTS in the NGO category was an appreciation for global activities in the field of promoting textiles produced from organic fibres, processed in environmentally and socially responsible ways. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India accepted the award on behalf of GOTS on 6th of April 2013 at the Lalit, Mumbai.
Cottoned-on Campaign's poll confirms the importance of GOTS, consumers name sustainable processing as key issue
The joint Soil Association and GOTS Organic Cotton Campaign 'Have you cottoned on yet' recently commissioned a poll to uncover consumer attitudes to cotton in Germany, USA, UK, India and Italy. Consumers were asked what they think shops should provide more information about with regards to the cotton being used in the clothes they sell,...
On 16th May 2013 the formal revision process to develop GOTS Version 4.0 started with an initial stakeholder input period. Beside the members of the IWG and the approved certifiers, also nineteen stakeholder organisations which operate internationally with expertise in the field of organic production, textile processing, textile chemistry and social criteria and representing the industry, NGOs and consumer interests in our program are invited to participate.
GOTS and Textile Exchange have updated the joint policy for issuing transaction certificates (TCs). A specific challenge for the practicability of the TC system is that many suppliers generate huge numbers of shipments which may significantly increase the administrative burden and cost if a separate TC is issued for each single shipment. To adequately address this issue, the policy for issuing TCs has been amended by rules and conditions for issuing TCs that cover multiple shipments with the goal to increase practicability and efficiency of the certification process. Under certain conditions TCs may now cover up to 100 shipments to a single consignee in a period of three months. The TC policy and the corresponding template are available here.
GOTS joins ISEAL
As ISEAL (the “International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance”) has developed into the global platform for voluntary standards in the field of environmental and social compliance, GOTS decided to join the organization as a subscriber. The collaboration of standard setters in this field is intended to strengthen the role of voluntary standards globally, in particular vis-à-vis industry, governments and intergovernmental organizations.