GOTS has come up with an innovative management approach. It has installed dual leadership as modern management form. More than 5,000 operations in and around 63 countries are GOTS certified. It is the standard of choice for organic textiles.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is the 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 fiber (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, highly hazardous chemicals such as azo dyes and formaldehyde and child labor.
GOTS was developed by leading international standard setters -- Organic Trade Association (US), 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 once again lives up to its pioneer role. It began with the harmonization of existing standards in 2002 into the global standard for the processing of certified organic fibers along the entire supply chain. It continues through regular revisions by a multi-stakeholder process.