Twenty years after its inception, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), a worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibers, announces all-time high figures: 18 GOTS approved certification bodies report a total of 12,338 certified facilities in 79 countries.
Countries with the largest increase in GOTS certified facilities in 2021 include:
- Turkey (1,799)
- Italy (894)
- Germany (817)
- Portugal (608)
- France (122)
- Denmark (115)
“What seemed utopian to many in 2002 has become a reality in the past 20 years. We have created an organic textile standard, certified by approved certification bodies, which is accepted in all major markets. GOTS is a standard that gives consumers the power to choose truly organic products sourced from sustainable supply chains,” says Claudia Kersten, managing director at GOTS. “Despite ongoing difficulties and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, decision-makers continue to pursue their sustainability goals and value GOTS as a tool to accomplish them.”
According to GOTS, its annual survey among certified entities reports that 63% indicated a permanent shift in their sustainability strategy with a focus on the environment and health of their workers and staff.
“As much as we are pleased with the development so far, we don’t intend to rest on our laurels,” adds Rahul Bhajekar, managing director at GOTS. “In March 2022, we begin revision for GOTS version 7.0 involving all stakeholders including associations, organizations, companies, and individuals to further advance the progressive, innovative, stringent yet practical standard of GOTS.”