GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is the world-leading textile processing standard for organic fibres.
It covers the whole supply chain from field to factory, and provides a comprehensive standard that covers both environmental and social criteria for the production and processing of organic textiles (in our case, Cotton).
The key criteria assessed by GOTS are as follows:
- The separation and identification of organic fibres from conventional fibre
- Use of GOTS approved colourants in wet-processing stages of production
- Processing units must demonstrate environmental care, such as treating wastewater
- Prohibited use of environmentally hazardous substances in chemical inputs
- And more, which you can read in more detail on the GOTS website.
GOTS social criteria must be met by all organisations involved in the processing of GOTS certified garments.
The social criteria covers all elements laid out by the International Labour Organisation, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Employment is freely chosen
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining
- Child labour shall not be used
- No discrimination is practised
- Occupational health and safety (OHS)
- No harassment and violence
- Remuneration and assessment of living wage gap
- Working time
To learn more, you can read about GOTS social criteria on their website.