Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
The new version of GOTS is a result of a comprehensive stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and social criteria participated. It follows the overall approach of GOTS to define high level verifiable environmental criteria throughout the entire processing chain of apparel and home textiles (including spinning, knitting, weaving, wet processing, manufacturing, and trading) made from a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres and requiring social criteria while still providing for a practical set of requirements that is technically achievable even in large scale industrial textile production and for mass market brands and retailers in order to achieve a considerable environmental and social impact in the textile industry.
The implementation deadline for GOTS certified entities to fully comply with Version 5.0 is 1 March 2018.
The GOTS Version 5.0 is available for download here: GOTS Version 5.0
The Manual for Implementation Version 5.0 is available for download here: Implementation Manual Version 5.0
Translations of GOTS Version 5.0 will be progressively made available in different languages in our downloads section. The English language Standard will remain the primary operative and decisive document in cases of any variance in translation.
A document that lists a summary of the changes from GOTS Standard Version 4.0 to GOTS Standard Version 5.0 is available for download here : List of Relevant Changes
This document provides a summary, but not details, of changes and should be considered only as supporting material to the Standard and Manual themselves. Binding changes are those contained in these two documents.
GOTS Version 4.0 is still available in our download section (languages English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish).
The GOTS stakeholder input based formal process for the revision of GOTS Version 4.0 to the Version 5.0 and the corresponding Manual for Implementation is now complete. The next revision process for the Standard would be taken up in 2019. Information about the revision process, the timeline and list of stakeholders invited to submit their comments is given here.
Consumption of water and energy are most important aspects in sustainability considerations for textile processors and manufacturers. As part of the environmental management criteria (chapter 2.4.10) GOTS requires that - among other information - certified entities must have available and provide:
GOTS Monitor (Water/Energy) aims at supporting certified entities to approach and comply with these requirements.
The main functions of GOTS Monitor (Water/Energy) are to:
The user will be supported in setting and monitoring realistic improvement targets regarding the progress in the reduction of his water and energy consumption. Effects will be visible in both environmental terms to fulfil the GOTS Standard requirements and in monetary terms for the business case of sustainability.
Certified entities can register for a complementary download of GOTS Monitor here. After completing the order form they will receive information by email with all instructions how to download, install and use GOTS Monitor.
[Minimum system requirements: Windows XP SP3 or newer (Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012). Minimum free space required on disk is 500MB and RAM of at least 1GB]