The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) demonstrated a substantial increase, from 3,814 facilities in 2015 to 4,642 facilities in 2016. The GOTS-certified facilities are now located in 63 countries around the world. Growth is continuously, evenly spread across all market segments including the mass market and the big brands.
GOTS certification covers processing of organic fibers along the entire supply chain from field to finished product. Countries with the largest increase in certification in 2016 are (in rank order): Bangladesh (+121), China (+68), Italy (+54), Germany (+41), India (+47) and Pakistan (+30). The top ten countries in terms of total number of certified entities were : India (1488), Turkey (423), Germany (347), Bangladesh (331), China (269), Italy (195), Pakistan (172), Portugal (96), Korea (61) and Japan (58).
Till date, the 18 GOTS-accredited independent certification bodies report more than 1.4 million people in 4,354 (out of the 4,642) working in GOTS-certified facilities.
Read full report in ITJ June 2017 issue