The Global Organic Textile Standard International Working Group is comprised of four reputed member organisations, namely OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan), which contribute to the GOTS, together with further international stakeholder organizations and experts, their respective expertise in organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing.
Our vision is that organic textiles will become a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.
Our mission is the development, implementation, verification, protection and promotion of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecology and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides and fertilizers. In addition, organic production relies on adequate animal husbandry and excludes genetic modification.
We see ourselves as contributing to sustainable development and actively cooperate with all relevant stakeholders.
This section informs about the organization of the International Working Group, its operating entity and decisive committees.
The International Working Group is constituted of four reputable organisations with expertise in organic (fibre) farming as well as environmentally and socially responsible textile processing and manufacturing. All of these four organisations, of which three are industry associations and one is a membership charity (Soil Association) introduced their own textile standard previous to the development of the GOTS from which they brought in their knowledge and experiences to the joint project GOTS.
The individuals participating in the International Working Group, its Management and the Technical Committee members are introduced.