GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard

Kiwa BCS Öko-Garantie is one of the pioneers of the organic movement in Europe. Kiwa BCS offers auditing and certification in all the areas or organic production including farmers, processors, (re-)packers, importers and warehousing companies.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading textile processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

Who is this for?

The GOTS covers the processing, manufacturing, packkaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made at least 70 % certified organic natural fibres. The final products may include, but are not limited to fibre products, yarns, fabircs, garments, fashion style accessories, textile toys, home textiles, mattresses and bedding products as well as textile personal care product.

When is this needed?

The demand for environmentally and socially sustainable textiles has increased greatly in recent years. Humane working conditions and compliance with sustainable, ecological minimum standards are the basis for fair and ethical trade.

The GOTS is considered the gold standard among textile certifications and enjoys a very high level of recognition and acceptance, both manufacturers and dealers as well as consumers, because all of these criteria are covered in this certification. Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.

Why Kiwa?

Kiwa BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH has more than 20 years of experience in organic certification. In 1992, BCS became the first German certification body registered under the Organic Regulation of the European Union (EEC 2092/92). Since that time, Kiwa BCS-Öko Garantie has become very well established in the European market and has gained a strong international presence being well recognized on all major taget markets for organic products such as EU, US and Japan. Thanks to our manifold accreditations, registrations and alliances BCS can provide through its services access to all organic markets worldwide (Global Organic Market Access).