New high: 10,388 GOTS certified facilities in 2020, an increase of 34% with more than 3 million workers in 72 countries.
In 2020, the number of GOTS certified facilities grew by 34% globally, to a new high of
10,388 from 7,765 in 2019. 16 GOTS Approved Certification Bodies report that over 3 million people in over 72 countries were working in GOTS certified facilities.
Significant increases are seen in all regions. Top 10 countries for certified facilities are India
(2,994), Bangladesh (1,584), Turkey (1,107), China (961), Germany (684), Italy (585),
Portugal (449), Pakistan (391), USA (167) and Sri Lanka (126).
GOTS approved chemical inputs now number 25,913, an increase of 13% in 2020. This
confirms that these inputs are increasingly used as a risk management tool by wet
processors to satisfy legal and commercial residue requirements.
“The exceptional increase in this unprecedented year shows that decision makers value
GOTS as an important tool to drive sustainable transformation in a comprehensive way –
from field to fashion. Using organic fibres and processing them under strict GOTS criteria
definitely provides a credible and strong base for market players to be successful in the
future” says GOTS Managing Director Claudia Kersten.
GOTS version 6.0, to be implemented from 1 March 2021, includes stricter social and
environmental criteria. Certified Entities will now have to calculate the gap between wages
paid to ‘Living Wages’ and will be encouraged to work towards closing this gap. Specific
references to OECD Due Diligence Guidance and Good Practice Guidance for Social
Criteria and Risk Assessment as well as Ethical Business Practises have been explicitly
The South Asian Region (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh) keeps growing with a
maximum volume share in GOTS certification. Despite the pandemic, the region witnessed
an addition of 1,173 facilities, counting 5,116 certified facilities in 2020 (3,943 in 2019). The growth demonstrates the acceptability of GOTS on a regional and global level, despite the challenges faced this year. There is a growing demand for GOTS certified products, and we are positive about the developments in the coming year.
Several Indian brands from the retail sector are in the process of becoming GOTS certified. India remains in the leading position in terms of GOTS certification, from fibre to final product as well approved dyes and chemicals.
Bangladesh witnessed a significant growth of 32%, a total of 1,584 facilities (1,194 in 2019). Pakistan also took a leap forward, with 391 facilities (276 in 2019).
In Sri Lanka, the industry has taken preventive measures to handle the impacts of the
pandemic. The industrial uniqueness and togetherness helped the overall growth of the
textile industry in the region. An increase of 103%, with 62 new GOTS certified facilities, is
proof of the positive business scenario.
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 certified organic fibre (such as organic cotton and organic wool), and includes both environmental and social criteria. Key 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 certification helps to ensure compliance with each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 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) to define globally recognised requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from field to finished product. GOTS is a non-profit organisation which is self-financed. For more information please see www.global-standard.org and follow @globalorganictextilestandard on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
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