According to the 2016 annual report of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), the number of GOTS-certified companies rose by 21% last year up to 4,642 compared to 3,814 in 2015. According to the non-profit making organisation, this once again confirms the recognition of GOTS as the leading global processing standard for textiles made out of organic natural fibres. The certification encompasses the entire textile value chain of clothes and home textiles made of organic fibres – from the field to the finished product. Currently GOTS-certified companies in 63 countries are represented (2015: 68 countries). In 2016, the largest growth was achieved in Bangladesh (+121), China (+68), Italy (+54), Germany (+41), India (+47) and Pakistan (+30). With regards to the overall number of GOTS-certified companies, India currently ranks first (1,488), followed by Turkey (423), Germany (347), Bangladesh (331), China (269), Italy (195), Pakistan (172), Portugal (96), Korea (61) and Japan (58).
“The significant increase in the number of GOTS-certified establishments proves that more and more decision-makers are pushing changes through the observance of the strict GOTS criteria and beyond this also want to demonstrate this change through independent certification,” commented Herbert Ladwig, GOTS Managing Director. Furthermore, an updated version of the licensing and labelling guideline, GOTS 5.0, was approved on March 1, 2017, which among others includes stricter criteria for regenerated fibres and which permits “combination products” such as prams, car seats and furniture with upholstery made of certified fabric.