Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce that it has been accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board as an approved certification body for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). GOTS is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental and social criteria along the processing and manufacturing of the organic textiles supply chain. GOTS aims to harmonise organic cotton standards to achieve international recognition.
GOTS sets worldwide requirements for environmentally friendly production systems and social accountability in the organic textile sector. GOTS, along with Textile Exchange’s OCS (Organic Content Standard), provide an impetus for increasing global organic cotton production and is a trusted tool to for companies to verify and communicate organically grown content claims to the industry. The GOTS requirements draws on the advice of, and input from, other relevant international stakeholder organisations and experts for regular standard updates.
Intertek is accredited for GOTS to certify in three scopes:
- Mechanical textile processing and manufacturing operations and their products
- Wet processing and finishing operations and their products
- Trading operations and related products
Customers using Intertek for GOTS certifications as well as Textile Exchange certifications (GRS, RCS, OCS), will also have access to Intertek SourceClear. SourceClear brings visibility and traceability in supply chain relationships together with independent validation of product sustainability claims such as recycled content, organic materials, good environmental and social practices where products are manufactured and accurate labelling of products.
Calin Moldovean, Intertek President of Business Assurance and Food Services, said: “With consumers making decisions based on brands’ sustainability goals, it is important that companies can show their customers the choices they make across their supply chain. We are proud to expand on our other Textile Exchange accreditations for sustainable material claims and to now provide GOTS certification and SourceClear to our customers, enabling greater traceability across the supply chain so that our customers can demonstrate their sustainability commitments with total confidence, while helping conscious consumers make better informed product choices towards a more sustainable future.”