What is GOTS?

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GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard.

It is an international standard for textiles made with organic fibres.

The supply chain for GOTS textiles must be compliant to a high-level of environmental and social criteria.

To follow are the key criteria for fibre production and processing & manufacturing as described on the GOTS website.

The key criteria for fibre production can be identified as:

Key criteria for processing and manufacturing include:

Environmental Criteria

Technical Quality and Human Toxicity Criteria

Social Criteria

Social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) must be met by all processors and manufacturers. They must have a social compliance management with defined elements in place to ensure that the social criteria can be met. For adequate implementation and assessment of the following social criteria topics the listed applicable key conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) have to be taken as the relevant basis for interpretation.