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GOTS certified facilities rise 14% across globe in 2018

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Mar '19
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In 2018, the number of GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard) certified facilities showed an increase of 14.6 per cent from 5,024 to 5,760 facilities. Certified facilities are now located in 64 countries around the globe. GOTS certification covers the processing of certified organic fibres along the entire supply chain from field to finished product.

The progress is seen in both production and consuming regions. Countries and regions with the largest growth in percentage in 2018 in GOTS certification are Bangladesh (+29 per cent), North America (+25 per cent), Pakistan (+23 per cent), and South Korea (+23 per cent). In terms of total numbers, the highest increase is reported from India (+315), followed by Bangladesh (+155), and Europe (+98), according to a GOTS press release.

The top ten countries in terms of total number of certified facilities are India (1973), Bangladesh (689), Turkey (519), Germany (500), Italy (340), China (301), Pakistan (238), Portugal (215), USA (127), and South Korea (85).

The 18 GOTS accredited independent certification bodies reported more than 2.02 million people working in GOTS certified facilities.

“The increasing number of certified facilities aligns with the common desire to solve sustainability related problems. It confirms that GOTS is seen as part of the solution. Company leaders use GOTS as risk management tool and as market opportunity. Consumers value the verifiable certification from field to finished product,” GOTS managing director Claudia Kersten at the GOTS annual meeting in Izmir, Turkey said.

The number of chemicals in the positive list shows an increase of 13 per cent to 20.231 from 778 suppliers. The GOTS positive list contains trade names of approved chemicals that must be used by all textile processors for their GOTS certified production. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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