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GOTS Press Release +++ GOTS Pilot Project Creates Pathway for Small Operators to Attain Certification (2)

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In a pioneering initiative aimed at enhancing accessibility to certification for small operator groups within the organic textile value chain, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is pleased to introduce its ongoing Controlled Supply Chain Scheme Pilot Project. The project, launched in 2022, was strategically developed to overcome the obstacles that often deter small-scale operators from pursuing GOTS certification.

Recognising that administrative complexities and financial burdens can impede these operators, the controlled supply chain scheme (CSCS) system was developed to mitigate these challenges. The supply chain requires an internal control and audit system, and small-scale operations benefit from a streamlined ‘group’ certification process, which reduces costs and eases administrative barriers.

Under the CSCS framework, a supply chain comprised of a minimum of eight and a maximum of thirty small-scale facilities, each with twenty or fewer workers, could be considered a single Certified Entity after a comprehensive risk assessment by their Certification Body (CB). SANKEI MERIYASU, a distinguished Japanese textile manufacturer, recently received GOTS certification through this project. SANKEI MERIYASU's success showcases the tangible impact of the CSCS system in empowering small-scale operators.

Project Coordinator Yuko Nishino commends the company’s efforts, sharing: "SANKEI MERIYASU, a 97-year-old Japanese company, is a pivotal participant in the groundbreaking GOTS CSCS initiative, exemplifying pioneering dedication. We extend our appreciation to certifier Ecocert for their collaboration. This achievement resonates profoundly in Japan's textile industry, where cherished traditions, techniques, and community connections are of importance."

Ken Miki, Executive Director at SANKEI MERIYASU, shared his pride in SANKEI MERIYASU's trailblazing accomplishment, stating, "As the very first group to receive GOTS CSCS certification in the world, we will continue our efforts to make products that we are proud of, and communicate to the world about the products made by this local small group in Japan.”

With the pilot due to be reviewed and evaluated next year, GOTS Managing Director Rahul Bhajekar is optimistic about the future of CSCS systems within GOTS. "The controlled supply chain scheme has the potential for substantial impact, empowering small operators in the organic textile supply chain and revolutionising GOTS certification. Our pilot project is proving that the scheme works as intended, overcoming barriers and expanding opportunities. We look forward to refining and validating the CSCS requirements, in hopes of implementing it fully for all markets in the future.”

GOTS remains committed to generating opportunities that expand the organic textile market, benefitting growers and consumers alike. The successful outcomes of this project amplify GOTS' dedication to innovation, sustainability, and the empowerment of all operators, from small to large scale. As the textile landscape evolves, GOTS is poised to lead the way, continuing to shape a future where responsible practises thrive and set the standard for global industry transformation.


Please note: 

•  The Japanese version of this press release is available here.

•  The following photograph and additional images can be downloaded here

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About GOTS:
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is the world's leading standard for organic textile certification. It sets strict environmental and social criteria for the entire textile supply chain, from the harvesting of raw materials to the finished product. GOTS certification ensures the integrity of organic textiles and provides assurance to consumers worldwide. For more information, visit

Established in 1926 in Osaka JAPAN, SANKEI MERIYASU is a testament to timeless craftsmanship. Since relocating to Nakazaki-cho in 1945, we've been unwavering in our dedication to traditional sewing techniques. Using vintage machinery and the hands of skilled Japanese artisans, we craft unique T-shirts and sweats. We don't outsource; we believe in creating pieces that others can't. Our current mission? Passing our skills to the younger generation, ensuring our legacy of authentic craftsmanship thrives.

Ecocert Japan is an organic certification body that guarantees the quality of organic products produced by the power of nature without relying on synthetic pesticides or chemical substances. Headquartered in France, we are one of the world's leading companies in terms of the number of certified products. We handle a wide range of certified organic products, including rice and vegetables, processed agricultural products, environmentally friendly organic products, cosmetics, and cotton. With the globalization of all things, organic certification is also required to meet the world's standards for safety and quality. We support your worldwide organic business by providing organic certifications that are accepted not only in Japan but around the world. (Providing services for: Organic Agricultural Standard for Japan, USA and Europe, COSMOS, GOTS, OCS, etc.)

Rebecca Gollin
GOTS Public Relations Specialist

Fiona Matsumoto
GOTS Representative in Japan