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GOTS is the strin­gent vol­un­tary global stan­dard for the en­tire post-har­vest pro­cess­ing (in­clud­ing gin­ning, spin­ning, knit­ting, weav­ing, dye­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing) of ap­parel and home tex­tiles made with cer­ti­fied or­ganic fi­bre (such as or­ganic cot­ton and or­ganic wool), and in­cludes both en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial cri­te­ria. Key pro­vi­sions in­clude a ban on the use of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms (GMOs), highly haz­ardous chem­i­cals (such as azo dyes and formalde­hyde), and child labour, while re­quir­ing strong so­cial com­pli­ance man­age­ment sys­tems and strict waste wa­ter treat­ment prac­tices. In 2017 more than 1.74 mil­lion peo­ple were work­ing in GOTS cer­ti­fied fa­cil­i­ties. GOTS was de­vel­oped by lead­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dard set­ters – Or­ganic Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (USA), Ja­pan Or­ganic Cot­ton As­so­ci­a­tion, In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion Nat­u­ral Tex­tile In­dus­try (Ger­many), and Soil As­so­ci­a­tion (UK) to de­fine glob­ally-recog­nised re­quire­ments that en­sure the or­ganic sta­tus of tex­tiles, from field to fin­ished prod­uct. GOTS is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which is self fi­nanced.

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