Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Online Database Provides Supply Chain Transparency

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Global Organic Textile Standard logo. Credit: GOTS

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) relaunched a new-and-improved website this past week which includes a database of approximately 1,500 companies, and a total of 2,811 facilities---a 40% increase since 2008--in 55 countries, certified to the organic apparel and textile standard in 2009 alone. GOTS certification ensures that consumers are purchasing certified organic products; the comprehensive list allows companies to develop organic fiber supply chains--from field to final product--with ease.

The Organic Trade Association reports:

GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber (such as organic cotton and organic wool), and includes both environmental and social provisions for post-farm to retail shelf management. Key provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highly hazardous chemicals such as azo dyes and formaldehyde, and child labor, while requiring living wages and strict waste water treatment practices. Because all fiber certified to GOTS must already be certified organic, GOTS certification means consumers are purchasing items certified organic from field to finished product.

The public database contains almost 400 dyeing facilities, more than 200 spinning, knitting, and weaving units, and approximately 140 printing and manufacturing facilities. While more than 700 companies are listed with an export business, currently about 50 import operations hold GOTS certificates as well. Twelve independent certification organizations around the world are qualified to certify operations to the standard.

OTA Executive Director Christine Bushway says, "The new GOTS web site will take the guess work out of creating a coordinated supply chain and make it much easier for companies around the world to do business easily and efficiently."

Visit GOTS for more.