You are invited to join the convening of several stakeholder groups which will be reviewing and providing input into the continued development of standards that have been developed by Control Union. Six standards have been gifted to Textile Exchange in conjunction with a grant to support the initial review.
As a member of ISEAL, we will be opening each standard to a public stakeholder review. Each standard will be reviewed separately with the engagement of appropriate content representatives. The recommendation from this process will be reviewed by the Textile Exchange Governance Board. It should be noted that these standards are in use at the present time by members of our community and the standards will continue to be in use, and conduct on-going pilot programs.
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 go into the review process will be the Global Organic Latex Standard.
Here is some basic information on the gifted standards. If you are interested in being part of a stakeholder group for any of these standards, please contact: LaRhea@TextileExchange.org
Control Union announces a gift of six 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) and Recycled Content Standard (RCS) which now serve over 1,875 sites.
The six gifted standards were developed by Control Union due to market demand and the ability to promote best practices within the community. These standards will 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). The gifted standards will continue their piloting stage and Textile Exchange will conduct an evaluation and engagement process with the broader community.
Textile Exchange, a member of ISEAL, will begin an open stakeholder process for each standard beginning December 2018. A couple of these standards are designed to unify and recognize other sustainable initiatives and provide a way to show continuous improvement toward more sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices.
The gifted standards are:
- Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) This standard could continue to broaden Textile Exchange’s offerings for home textiles (e.g., mattresses, pillows), and will also address latex textiles and products.
- Sustainable Fibers Program (SFP) This standard could extend Textile Exchange’s reach by providing and supporting continuous improvement for a wide range of natural fibers (e.g., cotton, flax, hemp, silk), and includes coverage of animal husbandry and processing for fibers such as Cashmere, Alpaca and Yak. This standard can be utilized by some of the lower volume fibers, and recognize some of the regional work that is being accomplished.
- Responsible Accessories & Jewelry Standard (rTRIM) Developed in collaboration with a leading brand within our community, this standard would have an initial focus to ensure that a product made from sustainable fibers also includes sustainable trims and embellishments. There is also potential, like the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) to have influence and use outside the textile community.
- Non-Genetically Engineered (Non-GE) Currently, there are several sustainable initiatives; a number of these allow the use of GMOs. The Non-GMO standard would support and recognize the initiatives that are moving away from chemically intensive solutions towards organic and regenerative practices. It would also help promote non-GMO seed utilization in general.
- Vegan Standard This standard would provide support for plant-based lifestyles. Strong interest in these products has historically come from India, however this is a growing segment of the global population and there has been interest in vegan certification of apparel and footwear products.
- Green Gold Label (GGL) Green Gold Label is a certification program that is utilized for tracking of certified or verified biomass for bioenergy and bio-based applications. Today, GGL is primarily used for wood pellets for industrial use, however additional applications will be explored for agricultural waste and biosynthetic textiles.
For More Information about these standards please contact Textile Exchange: info@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 six 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 TE 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