In 2020, the number of GOTS certified facilities have reported a growth by 34 per cent 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. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres.
The top ten countries for certified facilities are India (2,994), Bangladesh (1,584), Turkey (1,107), China (961), Germany (684), Italy (585), Portugal (449), Pakistan (391), US (167), and Sri Lanka (126). GOTS approved chemical inputs now number 25,913, an increase of 13 per cent 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, GOTS said in a press release.
“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,” GOTS managing director, Claudia Kersten, said in a statement.
GOTS version 6.0, to be implemented from March 1 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 practices have been explicitly included, according to GOTS.