Five standards have been gifted to Textile Exchange in conjunction with a grant to support the initial review.
Textile Exchange, a member of ISEAL, will be looking for your expertise and thought partnership to help determine the organization’s role in each Standard’s future. Each standard will be assessed separately with the engagement of appropriate content representatives. A recommendation for each Standard will be reviewed by the Textile Exchange Governance Board. The five gifted Standards are in different stages of their lifecycle. Some are currently in use by our community while others are in development through piloting and research.
Textile Exchange’s focus lies within the textile community, however, we are aware that our standards are in use by other industries – such as the Global Recycled Standard being used by the automotive industry and others, for example.
The first Standard that will undergo the assessment process will be the Global Organic Latex Standard.
Below is some basic information on the gifted standards. If you are interested in being part of the feedback process for any of these standards, please visit http://textileexchange.org/gifted-standards-review/.
Control Union announces a gift of five new standards to Textile Exchange for future growth and industry transformation.
Standards are an important tool that Textile Exchange uses to drive industry transformation. Standards provide a means of ensuring that the actions that companies take lead to meaningful improvements toward a more responsible value network. Standards establish best practices, hold the industry accountable, and allow the industry to clearly communicate their impacts.
Control Union and Textile Exchange have a long history of partnership.
Control Union, a founding member of Textile Exchange (2001), has been a strong promoter of the third-party assessment system, namely policy making, certification and accreditation to be organized by different parties. It was for this reason that in 2011, Control Union gifted to Textile Exchange the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) which also served as the foundation for the RCS, which now serve over 1,875 sites.
The five gifted standards were developed by Control Union due to market demand and the ability to promote best practices within the community. If taken over into Textile Exchange’s portfolio as per the Board’s approval, these standards would broaden and strengthen Textile Exchange’s existing suite of standards, which includes: Organic Cotton Standard (OCS); Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Responsible Down Standard (RDS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), and Content Claim Standard (CCS). Until a decision has been made, the gifted standards will continue their piloting stage.
The gifted standards are:
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
The GOLS addresses criteria for natural rubber latex from certified organic plantations (USDA NOP or EU) that is processed at manufacturing units. To achieve GOLS certification, a product must contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material. The Standard also addresses aspects such as human health, safety and welfare, and environment in the manufacturing process of organic latex products. Rubber plantations as well as processing units up to the final retailer are certified to the GOLS.
Sustainable Fibers Program (SFP)
This program draws heavily on local and regional social, economic, and environmental concepts on the farm and processing stages. It takes organic agricultural and husbandry principles and translates them into more widely achievable and sustainable practices, including a conversion period (a well-known concept in organic certification schemes). The Sustainable Fiber Program considers the entire chain of custody, from fiber to retail, through the use of scope certificates and transaction certificates. It also features fiber quality parameters, making contamination with non-certified fibers easily identifiable by laboratory analysis.
Responsible Accessories & Jewelry Standard (RAJS)
The aim of this Standard is to define requirements to ensure that trims, jewelry and accessories are manufactured/prepared/made under positive social and environmental practices, from sourcing of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. This Standard covers the sourcing, production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all jewelry and accessories made with certified natural and/or synthetic material.
Non-GMO Production Standard (Non-GMO)
The intent of the Standard is to capture the use of non-genetically modified methods for any farmer, processor, or other stakeholder. The goal of the Standard is to outline the necessary procedures for products to qualify as non-GMO production. The Standard pivots around the claim ‘no genetically engineered ingredients’ to highlight the manner of production of a product.
The Vegan Standard intends to provide support for plant-based lifestyles. The aim is to ensure certified products do not contain animal products or byproducts. The Standard also aims to assess good practices in the production and processing of certified products. It covers production, processing, and transportation of certified products. The goal is to have this Standard made applicable to both food and non-food sectors.
For More Information about these standards please contact Textile Exchange: GiftedStandards@TextileExchange.org. For requests for certification, please contact your regional Control Union office.
About Textile Exchange
Founded in 2002, Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the sustainable fiber and materials industry by providing learning opportunities, tools, insight, standards, data, measurement and benchmarking – and by building a community that can collectively accomplish what no individual or company can do alone. Textile Exchange also manages and promotes a suite of five leading industry standards, including organic, recycled, responsible down and responsible wool, as well as, collects and publishes critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage and track their use of preferred fiber and materials. With more than 260 members who represent leading brands, retailers and suppliers, Textile Exchange has meaningfully accelerated the use of preferred fibers and increased the adoption of standards and certifications across the global textile industry.
To learn more about Textile Exchange, visit: TextileExchange.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TextileExchange.
About Control Union
Control Union have been conducting agricultural inspections, and services in logistics, quality, certifications and risk management for nearly 100 years. Our in-depth knowledge and experience covers all aspects of the supply chain in many industries including agriculture, energy, forestry, sustainability and textiles. With its foundation in agriculture, Control Union Certifications has developed its services around supply chain sustainability in food, feed, forestry, biomass, bioenergy, social compliance and textiles markets. With a local presence in more than 70 countries, Control Union Certifications is uniquely placed to manage challenges with today’s global marketplace.
To learn more about Control Union, visit controlunion.com