Record rise in GOTS-certified facilities

brett mathews | 8th March 2019

IZMIR – The number of Global Organic Textile Standard-certified facilities increased by 14.6 per cent in 2018 from 5,024 to 5,760. Certified facilities are now located in 64 countries around the globe. Countries and regions with the largest growth in percentage in 2018 in GOTS certification were: Bangladesh (+29), North America (+25), Pakistan (+23) and South Korea (+23). In terms of total numbers, the highest increase is reported from India (+315), followed by Bangladesh (+155) and Europe (+98).

GOTS is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel and home textiles made with certified organic fibre (such as organic cotton and organic wool), and includes both environmental and social criteria.

The top ten countries in terms of total number of GOTS-certified facilities are now: India (1973), Bangladesh (689), Turkey (519), Germany (500), Italy (340), China (301), Pakistan (238), Portugal (215), USA (127), and South Korea (85).

The 18 GOTS accredited independent Certification Bodies reported more than 2.02 million people working in GOTS certified facilities.  

“The increasing number of certified facilities aligns with the common desire to solve sustainability related problems. It confirms that GOTS is seen as part of the solution. Company leaders use GOTS as risk management tool and as market opportunity. Consumers value the verifiable certification from field to finished product,” said GOTS managing director Claudia Kersten at the GOTS AGM in Izmir, Turkey. 

Key GOTS provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highly hazardous chemicals (such as azo dyes and formaldehyde), and child labour, while requiring strong social compliance management systems and strict waste water treatment practices. 

GOTS was developed by leading international standard setters – Organic Trade Association (U.S.), Japan Organic Cotton Association, International Association Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and Soil Association (UK).