INTEGRITY

The purpose of the Integrity Platform at TE is to ensure that all of the work that is done towards sustainability in the textile industry is genuine and leads to real and meaningful change. The primary way that this is accomplished is through third-party certification to TE’s standards. TE creates, administrates, revises, and provides guidance for these standards.

TE Standards

 

We believe that integrity is the foundation of sustainability. Our standards work to support the integrity of product claims by providing verification from an independent third-party. The Textile Exchange standards have been developed by a multi-stakeholder approach to address gaps in current industry standards.

Textile Exchange follows the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice for standard-setting bodies to ensure we have a robust and transparent processes for our standards. This includes set policies for Standard Revision, Accreditation and Certification. The following “System Reports” summarize the basic structure of our standard systems:
TE Standard Setting System
TE Assurance System
TE Monitoring and Evaluation System
Learn more about each of our standards below. Each has its own Standard document, Implementation Manual, and – with the exception of the RCS – a Logo Use and Claims Guide.

2017 REVISIONS
– In 2017, Textile Exchange is completing the revision of the Recycled Claim Standard and Global Recycled Standard (see http://revision.globalrecycled.org/). Textile Exchange will also begin work on revision of the Responsible Down Standard and a review of its accreditation procedures. If you wish to be a part of those revisions, email us at integrity@textileexchange.org. Old versions of standards and revision documents (e.g. Feedback Summary, Summary of Changes) can be requested by emailing integrity@textileexchange.org.

TE Standard Setting Principles and Procedures 2016 – Your feedback into the Standard Setting Procedures will be solicited during a review period in 2018.

ccs_webThe Content Claim Standard is a chain of custody standard that provides companies with a tool to verify that one or more specific input materials are in a final product. It requires that each organization along the supply chain take sufficient steps to ensure that the integrity and identity of the input material is preserved.

CCS 2.0 was released January 1, 2016 after a multi-stakeholder review. Certification Bodies and Certified Organizations will have until January 1, 2017 to comply with the new requirements. This will affect all Textile Exchange Standards that rely on the CCS chain of custody requirements.

Content Claim Standard 2.0 (pdf)

CCS Implementation Manual 2.0 (pdf)

Feedback Summary, from most recent revision (pdf)

Supporting Documents

Scope Certificate Policy (pdf)

Scope Certificate Template (pdf)

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

CCS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

Processing Categories (pdf)

Using the CCS Outside of TE Standards

OCS_100_SM-150x150The Organic Content Standard (OCS) relies on third-party verification to verify a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. It does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material. The OCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

OCS_BLND_SM-150x150The Organic Content Standard 2.0 was released January 1, 2016 after a multi-stakeholder review. Certification Bodies and Certified Organizations will have until January 1, 2017 to comply with the new requirements.

Organic Content Standard 2.0 (pdf)

OCS Implementation Manual 2.0 (pdf)

OCS Logo Use and Claims Guide (pdf)

Feedback Summary, from latest revision (pdf)

Past Versions

Organic Content Standard 1.0, valid until January 1, 2017 (pdf)

For any documents related to the OE 100 and OE Blended, please contact Integrity@TextileExchange.org.

Find Certified Suppliers

Companies certified to the Organic Content Standard (pdf)

Supporting Documents

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

OCS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

 

RCS_100_SM-150x150The RCS is a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain. The standard was developed through work by the Materials Traceability Working Group, part of OIA’s Sustainability Working Group. The RCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

Recycled Claim Standard (pdf)
RCS_BLND_SM-150x150

CCS Implementation Manual, includes RCS guidance (pdf)

Reclaimed Material Declaration Form

Find Certified Suppliers

Companies certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (pdf)

Supporting Documents

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

RCS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

Global-Standard-Logo-FINALFINAL2tone-08-300x137The Global Recycled Standard is a holistic certification for products with recycled content. The desired effect of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers.

Global-Recycled-Standard-v3

GRS Prohibited Substance List (pdf)

GRS 3.0 Implementation Manual (pdf)

GRS 3.0 Logo Use and Labeling Guide (pdf)

TE Accepted Equivalent Standards (pdf)

GRS 3.0 Consolidated Feedback and Response (pdf)

Previous GRS Versions

Global Recycle Standard 2.1 (pdf)

GRS 2.1 Input Requirements (pdf)

Find Certified Suppliers

Companies certified to the Global Recycled Standard (pdf)

Supporting Documents

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

GRS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

RDS LogoThe Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express innate behaviors, and not suffer from pain, fear or distress. The standard also follows the chain of custody from farm to product, so consumers can be confident that the down and feathers in the products they choose are truly RDS.

Learn more at ResponsibleDown.org.

 

 

RWS_logo_whitebackgroundThe goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly.

Learn more at ResponsibleWool.org.

 

 

Certification Documents


Find Certified Suppliers

If you are looking for a specific reference number (may also be called project number or reference number) or company in the below PDFs, try the (Ctrl + F) function to search. For Macs, use (Command + F).

Companies certified to the Organic Content Standard (pdf)

Companies certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (pdf)

Companies certified to the Global Recycled Standard (pdf)

Withdrawn Certificates for Fraud or Violations


How to Get Certified

  1. Select an approved Certification Body (see below)
  2. Send application
  3. Schedule audit
  4. On-site audit
  5. Follow-up (if needed)
  6. Receive Certification Decision

 

AssureQuality

Website: www.asurequality.com
Email: chris.collins@asurequality.com

Approved for:
Responsible Wool Standard


CCPB

Italy
Website: http://www.ccpb.it
Email: ccpb@ccpb.it

Approved for:
Content Claim Standard
Organic Content Standard
Recycled Claim Standard
Global Recycled Standard

ECOCERT

France
Website: http://www.ecocert.com
Email: textile@ecocert.com

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard

IMOSwiss AG

Switzerland
Website: http://www.imo.ch
Email: textil@imo.ch

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard

OneCert International

India
Website: https://www.onecert.com
Email: info@onecertasia.in

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard
Recycled Claim Standard
Global Recycled Standard

CERES GmbH

Germany
Website: http://www.ceres-cert.com
Email: schmid@ceres-cert.com

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard

ETKO

Turkey
Website: http://www.etko.com.tr
Email: ma@etko.com.tr

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard

LETIS S.A.

Argentina
Website: http://www.letis.org
Email: patricia@letis.org

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard

LSQA

Website: www.lsqa.com/en
Email: varsi@lsqa.com

Approved for:
Responsible Wool Standard Farm

Soil Association

Great Britain
Website: http://www.sacert.org
Email: goorganic@soilassociation.org

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard

USB

Turkey
Website: www.usb-tr.com
Email: ozlemozkan@usb-tr.com

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard
Recycled Claim Standard
Global Recycled Standard

Control Union

The Netherlands, Global
Website: www.controlunion.com
Email: certification@controlunion.com

Approved for:
Content Claim Standard
Organic Content Standard
Recycled Claim Standard
Global Recycled Standard
Responsible Down Standard
Responsible Wool Standard

ICEA

Italy
Website: http://www.icea.info
Email: ricercasviluppo@icea.info

Approved for:
Organic Content Standard
Recycled Claim Standard
Global Recycled Standard
Responsible Down Standard
Responsible Wool Standard

NSF Sustainability

United States
Website: http://www.nsf.org/
Email: Sustainability@nsf.org

Approved for:
Responsible Wool Standard


Information for Certification Bodies

If you would like to be approved to certify against a TE standard, please contact Integrity@TextileExchange.org.

TE Accreditation and Certification Procedures (pdf)
RWS Licensing Requirements for Certification Bodies
 


Tools & Resources

Product integrity is the linchpin of sustainability in the textile industry. Though it is the most effective and transparent method of embedding integrity, the thought of complete certification may seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

The Certification Toolkit is a guide to smoothing out the path to product certification. Taking into special consideration the needs of brands and manufacturers, the guide will be useful as the first step in understanding how certification works and identifying the actions for your company to begin certifying your products. For those who have already begun to use product certification, the Certification Toolkit will provide answers to implementation issues, reading certificates, and additional technical issues.

Certification Toolkit

The full version is available as a benefit at no extra charge for members of Textile Exchange or may be purchased by non-members for $250. Textile Exchange membership is a great way to gain access to wide variety of reports at a reduced cost, for more information about membership, visit http://textileexchange.org/membership.
Certification Toolkit- Basic Package

A condensed version of the full Certification Toolkit, available for free to everyone.

Certification Toolkit – Supplier’s Package

The Supplier’s Package is a condensed version of the full Certification Toolkit and includes information focused towards the needs of suppliers. To request a copy for yourself or to send to your suppliers, send an email to Integrity@TextileExchange.org.

Integrity in Value Chain Investment (January 2012)

Recycled Fibers for Textile Applications (March 2012)

Practicing Integrity – The Case of prAna (June 2012)

The Responsible Down Standard (October 2014)

 


Feedback and Complaints

Please send any suggestions or general comments about Textile Exchange Standards to Integrity@TextileExchange.org.

If you wish to file an official complaint, please read the following TE Standards Complaint Procedures.