We want our standards to include input from every corner of the industry

We follow the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice for all bodies that set standards to make sure we have a robust, transparent process in place. Our priorities are to include all the parties that might be affected by a standard in the process, and to create tools with criteria that are both strict and realistic. We develop all our standards through an International Working Group (IWG), which represents all the relevant parties, including animal welfare groups, brands, farmers, supply chain members, industry associations, and retailers.

We’re moving to a more unified standards system

In 2021, we began a sweeping revision of our standards framework to develop a harmonized system that incorporates our current suite of standards, and outcomes focused on our climate and nature strategy. We are currently finalizing the pilot version 1.0 of the unified standard, to be released in the first half of 2024. Sites that are currently certified, or pursuing certification, to our current standards should keep an eye on updates as the timeline progresses. For more information on the transition, please visit the Standards Transition page.

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Our standards are reviewed every five years.

The ASR-102 Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures document sets out the process for developing and revising standards. We form an IWG and review our standards every five years at a minimum to make sure they stay relevant, effective, and reflective of best practices. Side by side with each revision we review any supporting documentation. This includes certification procedures, implementation manuals, user manuals, farmer guidebooks, and logo use and claims guides.

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Standards Timeline

Upcoming revisions to our standards

Any upcoming revisions to our standards will now be rolled into our wider standards transition. This includes the Recycled Claim Standard and Global Recycled Standard revisions we started in April 2021.

StandardCurrent versionRevision date
Content Claim Standard (CSS)3.1, 9 June 20222024 & 2025
Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS)1.0, 20 April 2021Rolled into the standards transition
Recycled Content Standard (RCS)2.0, 1 January 2017Rolled into the standards transition
Global Recycled Standard (GRS)4.0, 1 January 2017Rolled into the standards transition
Responsible Down Standard (RDS)3.0, 1 July 2019Rolled into the standards transition
Organic Content Standard (OCS)3.0, 1 March 20202024 & 2025
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)2.2, 1 October 2020Rolled into the standards transition
Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS)1.2, 1 October 2021Rolled into the standards transition

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Share your feedback on our standards

We’re committed to constant improvement. That’s why we’ll be opening up multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback throughout our standards transition. You can share yours through our Standards Feedback Form. We’ll be opening up public consultations as we revise our key documents too.