We are revolutionizing our standards system.

In 2021, we began a sweeping revision of our standards framework with the aim of developing a harmonized system that incorporates outcomes focused on our Climate+ strategy. The unified standard will let us track and communicate progress more efficiently and effectively across all of the fibers and materials in scope of our certification system, while increasing the value for participants. You can read a summary of the unified standard development in the project plan here.

Standards are crucial to help us reach our Climate+ goals

Adopt best practices

Drive greater adoption of best practices in fiber and material production and sourcing, contributing to sustainability outcomes.

Positively impact our planet

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and improve the use and quality of water.

Support key impact areas

Encourage best practices in the key impact areas for animal welfare, human rights and livelihoods, chemical management, and waste reduction.


Our focus area is fiber and material production.

We are also interested in seeing how we can link facility-level certification and/or practices with our chain of custody. Chain of custody through our Content Claim Standard will remain from source to end product, with the brand being the last organization along the supply chain requiring certification.


Fabric scraps, old clothing and textiles are cut into strips waiting for recycle.

Interested and impacted stakeholder groups influence our decision-making

We follow the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice, in addition to our own procedures for standard setting, accreditation, and certification. Our standards team is leading the revision process with the help of an International Working Group (IWG), which reviews, discusses, and guides decision-making. Previous IWGs have been established for single standards, but with this transition we are focusing on one IWG reviewing all of the related fibers and materials in scope for the unified standard and connecting to smaller subject matter expert groups that will inform its members.

Cotton plants.

Share your feedback on the second draft of our unified standard

The second draft of the unified standard is now open for public consultation. It contains revised content based on the feedback that we received on our first draft; new draft criteria for group certification models, the recognition framework, chain of custody and logo use, and slaughterhouses; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) indicators. The draft is available as of September 27, 2023, and is open for public feedback until November 12, 2023.


Use our summaries to navigate the draft document

To help stakeholders review the standard draft, we have written material-specific guidance that explains at a high level the main changes that have been drafted and provides highlights across different criteria categories. This information will support how to go through the draft document, and what to look for based on the relevant industry specifics.

International Working Group

IWG members

The International Working Group (IWG0 is the group of stakeholders actively engaged in the development or revision of a standard. IWG members are approved by a designated review committee. All IWG members are required to sign a charter (IWG charter) Indicating their commitment to the goals of the standard and the time need to be engaged in the process. Together with the Textile Exchange secretariat, the IWG reviews, discusses, and guides decision-making on how to incorporate scope topic areas in the standard. The IWG approves the draft versions of the standard before they are ready for public consultation as well as the final standard before it is published. 

Representation is limited to no more than 24 members that bring the following knowledge and perspectives.


EMEA – Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Americas – South, Central, and North America 

APAC – Asia Pacific/Oceania


Raw material producers including farms

Supply chain companies

Brands and retailers

Certification bodies

Civil society 


Soil health


Water resources

Animal welfare

Human rights

Communities and smallholders 

All International Working Group members


Andean Pastoral Livelihood Initiative (APLI) 

Aquafil S.p.A. 

Bureau Veritas CPS 

Inditex, S.A. 

Control Union Certification 

Donglong Home Textile Co., Ltd. 

Eastman Chemical Company 








Patagonia Inc. 

Soil Health Institute 

TAL Apparel Ltd. 

The Schneider Group 

The North Face 

USB Certification 

Verité, Inc. 

* It is important to note that IWG membership does not signify that each organization fully agrees on decisions taken for the final content in the standard.  IWG membership is intentionally designed to bring different perspectives together for open discussion and therefore is likely to result in diverse opinions.  Decisions are first taken by consensus but may move to vote when consensus is not reached.  As the entity ultimately responsible for the standard, Textile Exchange reserves the right to make final decisions regarding standard content and shall publicly disclose any decisions, including reasoning, that differ from the quorum of the IWG.