Over 5,000 tex­tile fa­cil­i­ties re­ceived GOTS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2017

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The Global Or­ganic Tex­tile Stan­dard (GOTS) has noted an 8.2% in­crease in the num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties cer­ti­fied un­der its am­bit from 4,642 fa­cil­i­ties in 2016 to 5,024 fa­cil­i­ties in 2017. These cer­ti­fied fa­cil­i­ties are lo­cated in 62 coun­tries across the world. The world’s se­cond-largest ap­parel ex­porter, Bangladesh (40%) re­ported the high­est in­crease in the num­ber of GOTScer­ti­fied fa­cil­i­ties fol­lowed by North Amer­ica (+39%), Por­tu­gal (+39%) and Europe (+29%). In­dia, Bangladesh, Ger­many, Tur­key, Italy, China, Pak­istan, Por­tu­gal, USA and South Korea re­mained the top 10 coun­tries in terms of host­ing the high­est num­ber of GOTScer­ti­fied pro­duc­tion units. In­dia, touted as the largest ex­porter of or­ganic tex­tiles, has a to­tal of 1,658 GOTS-ap­proved man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Markedly, In­dia has main­tained its top po­si­tion since 2008, while Bangladesh with 534 GOTS-cer­ti­fied units, stands at the se­cond po­si­tion.

“The tex­tile in­dus­try in Bangladesh has in­creased fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity now and many com­pa­nies are now be­com­ing el­i­gi­ble to be­come GOTS cer­ti­fied,” said Su­mit Gupta, GOTS Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in In­dia & Bangladesh. He added that the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body is now plan­ning to fo­cus on the in­creas­ing do­mes­tic con­sump­tion of cer­ti­fied or­ganic cloth­ing in In­dia this year. Fur­ther, the re­port states that more than 1.74 mil­lion peo­ple were work­ing in 19-GOTS ac­cred­ited in­de­pen­dent Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Bod­ies in the year

2017. A 14% in­crease was also re­ported in the num­ber of chem­i­cals on the GOTS Pos­i­tive List to more than 17,900 from 720 man­u­fac­tur­ers. The GOTS Pos­i­tive List con­tains trade names of ap­proved chem­i­cals that must be used by all tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ers for their GOTScer­ti­fied sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion of tex­tiles. “The ris­ing num­ber of GOTS-cer­ti­fied tex­tile com­pa­nies cor­rob­o­rates that the body is taken as a so­lu­tion for man­ag­ing risks, rep­u­ta­tion and mar­ket dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion,” GOTS Di­rec­tor Clau­dia Ker­sten was quoted as say­ing.

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