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Tracking Certified Materials

Electronic Trackit “eTrackit”

eTrackit leverages innovative technologies to deliver improved integrity, traceability, and efficiency to the textile value chain. It differs from dTrackit in what it traces (article-level physical material flow), how it traces (digital tokens), and the manner in which that data is exchanged. It marks a fundamental shift in the way Textile Exchange manages the chain of custody in the Content Claim Standard.
The objectives of eTrackit are:
  • Reduce the lead time of certification data life cycle.
  • Reduce manual handling of data.
  • Increase the integrity of the chain of custody to deliver provenance and impact.
  • Track the flow of physical material at the article level throughout the value chain.
  • Prevent fraud by creating a closed-loop value chain coupled with peer-to-peer validation.
  • Integrate physical material authentication with site and transaction verification.
eTrackit is intended as an alternative traceability mechanism to track the physical movement of certified material and process transformation at article level from site-to-site across the textile value chain.

How will eTrackit work?

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SC: Scope Certificate, TC: Transaction Certificate, FA: Forensic Authentication
Certified organizations will still need to apply for scope certification with certification bodies as eTrackit operates only at the transaction level.
To use eTrackit, certified organizations will need to register themselves and their sites on the eTrackit system. Registered sites are validated against their permissible scope (derived from dTrackit) automatically by the system and passed to certification bodies for verification and approval.
Once sites are registered, certified organizations can apply for eTransactions, which the system will validate against the permissible scope (derived from dTrackit), available inventory, as well as conformance to content and standard requirements. Validated eTransactions are then passed to certification bodies for verification and approval.
With the approval of eTransactions, the system will draw down on the virtual inventory of the seller and move it to the buyer. The buyer will further need to accept the inventory to complete the peer-to-peer validation. The virtual inventory coupled with the peer-to-peer validation ensures that certified volume is always zero-sum within the value chain.
Forensic authentication from fiber audits can be optionally incorporated at designated points in the digital chain for added assurance.

Textile Exchange is pleased to collaborate with TextileGenesis™ to pilot eTrackit

eTrackit will be piloted on the TextileGenesis™ platform. TextileGenesis™ is a pioneering traceability platform tailored for the textile ecosystem to create radical transparency from fiber-to-retail for sustainable material provenance.
Key features of TextileGenesis™ include:
  • Fibercoin™ traceability technology as a digital twin for certified material uptake.
  • Application of GS1 framework for automated upload of value chain data.
  • Virtual inventory and peer-to-peer validation.
  • Integration with forensic authentication technologies.
  • Algorithmic benchmarking mechanism for risk-based assessment.
  • Carbon impact tracking to measure progress towards Textile Exchange’s Climate+ goals.
“Textile Exchange has created the space where the industry comes together to share best practices and drive progress towards industry transformation. We’re excited to bring our technology into that forum – to help drive meaningful change and measurable impact,” says Amit Gautam, CEO & Founder of TextileGenesis™.

eTrackit program plan

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The collaboration between Textile Exchange and TextileGenesis™ started in November 2019 with the demonstrated use of TextileGenesis™ by participating brands and supply chains. This was followed by a gap assessment to determine the level of adjustments needed with each Textile Exchange standard and TextileGenesis™ to deliver the traceability needs of the industry. The outcome of these activities formed the basis of a recommendation paper to the Content Claim Standard International Working Group for an alternative traceability mechanism.
The project is currently in development and aims to release a Minimum Viable Product pilot of the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) for the textile value chain in November 2021, followed thereafter by other Textile Exchange standards.
To ensure the development is aligned to industry expectations, brands involved with the preliminary use of TextileGenesis™ are retained for stakeholder feedback and consultation over the course of the program.
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