Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) Information

Global Organic Textiles Standard or GOTS for short is a worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent third-party certification of the entire textile supply chain.

GOTS certification builds upon four features:

  1. Organic Fibres
  2. Ecological & Social Criteria
  3. All Processing Stages
  4. Third-Party Certification

1. Organic Cotton

Organic cotton comes from seeds that have not
been genetically modified (non-GMO) and is
grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers.

Organic cotton farming uses natural methods, such as crop rotation, which benefit not only
the soil, fauna and the environment, but create biodiversity and promote good health and quality of life for
farmers and their communities.¹

2. Ecological & Social Criteria

Separation from conventional fibre products and identification of organic fibre products Use of GOTS approved colourants and auxiliaries in wet-processing only Processing units must demonstrate environment management, including wastewater treatment Technical quality parameters for colour fastness and shrinkage for finished goods required Restrictions on accessories Restrictions on additional fibre materials Environmentally hazardous substances prohibited in chemical inputs Evaluation of toxicity and biodegradability for chemical inputs²

Employment is freely chosen
Freedom of association and collective bargaining 
Child labour shall not be used 
No discrimination is practised 
Occupational health and safety (OHS)No harassment and violence 
Remuneration and assessment of living wage gap 
Working time 
No precarious employment is provided 
Migrant workers²

3. All Processing Stages

The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic fibres.

The GOTS certification system starts with the first processing step in the textile supply chain. The processing of textiles is based on the conversion of fibre into yarn and yarn into fabric. For example, for cotton, ginning is the first processing stage, at which seeds are removed from cotton bolls. Organic fibre cultivation, the initial production, is covered by any international or national organic farming standard that is approved in the IFOAM Family of Standards.

All steps in the processing, manufacturing and trading of organic textiles are covered by GOTS. All must be certified to strict ecological and social criteria in order for the product to carry the GOTS label. In this way, the GOTS puts an end to greenwashing. ³

4. Third Party Certification

Organic Textiles are based on organic fibres, GOTS certification covers the processing, manufacturing and trading of organic textiles. The certification of fibre production is on the basis of recognised international standards that are approved in the IFOAM Family of Standards.⁴ On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders is performed by independent Third-Party GOTS accredited Certification Bodies and forms the basis of the GOTS monitoring system. It serves to provide a credible assurance for the integrity of GOTS certified textiles. Find out more on how to get certified. GOTS has developed its own accreditation system for this approval process as well as for continuous monitoring of the approved Certification Bodies.