INTEGRITY & STANDARDS

The purpose of the Integrity Platform at Textile Exchange is to ensure that all of the work that is done towards sustainability in the textile industry is genuine and leads to real and meaningful change. The primary way that this is accomplished is through third-party certification to Textile Exchange’s standards. Textile Exchange creates, administrates, revises, and provides guidance for these standards.

 

Textile Exchange STANDARDS

We believe that integrity is the foundation of sustainability. Our standards work to support the integrity of product claims by providing verification from an independent third-party. The Textile Exchange standards have been developed by a multi-stakeholder approach to address gaps in current industry standards.


Textile Exchange follows the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice for standard-setting bodies to ensure we have a robust and transparent processes for our standards. This includes set policies for Standard Setting, Accreditation and Certification. The following “System Reports” summarize the basic structure of our standard systems:
TE Standard Setting System
TE Assurance System
TE Monitoring and Evaluation System
Learn more about each of our standards below. Each has its own Standard document, Implementation Manual, and – with the exception of the RCS – a Logo Use and Claims Guide.

2018 REVISIONS
– In 2018, Textile Exchange is completing the revision of the Responsible Down Standard and review of its accreditation procedures. If you wish to be a part of those revisions, email us at integrity@textileexchange.org. Old versions of standards and revision documents (e.g. Feedback Summary, Summary of Changes) can be requested by emailing integrity@textileexchange.org.

TE 2018 Standard Setting Procedures – New

ccs_webThe Content Claim Standard is a chain of custody standard that provides companies with a tool to verify that one or more specific input materials are in a final product. It requires that each organization along the supply chain take sufficient steps to ensure that the integrity and identity of the input material is preserved.

CCS 2.0 was released January 1, 2016 after a multi-stakeholder review. Certification Bodies and Certified Organizations will have until January 1, 2017 to comply with the new requirements. This will affect all Textile Exchange Standards that rely on the CCS chain of custody requirements.

Content Claim Standard 2.0 (pdf)

CCS Implementation Manual 2.0 (pdf)

Feedback Summary, from most recent revision (pdf)

Supporting Documents

Scope Certificate Policy (pdf)

Scope Certificate Template (pdf)

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

CCS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

Processing Categories (pdf)

Using the CCS Outside of TE Standards

OCS_100_SM-150x150The Organic Content Standard (OCS) relies on third-party verification to verify a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. It does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material. The OCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

OCS_BLND_SM-150x150The Organic Content Standard 2.0 was released January 1, 2016 after a multi-stakeholder review. Certification Bodies and Certified Organizations will have until January 1, 2017 to comply with the new requirements.

Organic Content Standard 2.0 (pdf)

OCS Implementation Manual 2.0 (pdf)

OCS Logo Use and Claims Guide (pdf)

Feedback Summary, from latest revision (pdf)

Past Versions

Organic Content Standard 1.0, valid until January 1, 2017 (pdf)

For any documents related to the OE 100 and OE Blended, please contact Integrity@TextileExchange.org.

Supporting Documents

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

OCS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

 

RCS_100_SM-150x150The RCS is a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain. The standard was developed through work by the Materials Traceability Working Group, part of OIA’s Sustainability Working Group. The RCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

Recycled Claim Standard 2.0 (pdf)

Recycled Claim Standard 2.0 Implementation Manual (pdf)

RCS/GRS Logo Use and Claims Guide (pdf)

Public RCS 2.0 and GRS 4.0 Feedback Form (pdf)

RCS 2.0 and GRS 4.0 Feedback Summary (pdf)

RCS 2.0 Summary of All Changes (pdf)

Previous RCS Versions

Recycled Claim Standard (pdf)
RCS_BLND_SM-150x150

CCS Implementation Manual, includes RCS guidance (pdf)

Reclaimed Material Declaration Form

Supporting Documents

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

RCS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

Global-Standard-Logo-FINALFINAL2tone-08-300x137The Global Recycled Standard is a holistic certification for products with recycled content. The desired effect of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers.

Global Recycled Standard 4.0 (pdf)

Global Recycled Standard 4.0 Implementation Manual (pdf)

RCS/GRS Logo Use and Claims Guide (pdf)

Public RCS 2.0 and GRS 4.0 Feedback Form (pdf)

RCS 2.0 and GRS 4.0 Feedback Summary (pdf)

GRS 4.0 Summary of All Changes (pdf)

Previous GRS Versions

Global-Recycled-Standard-v3

GRS Prohibited Substance List (pdf)

GRS 3.0 Implementation Manual (pdf)

TE Accepted Equivalent Standards (pdf)

GRS 3.0 Consolidated Feedback and Response (pdf)

Supporting Documents

Transaction Certificate Policy (pdf)

GRS Transaction Certificate Template (pdf)

RDS LogoThe Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express innate behaviors, and not suffer from pain, fear or distress. The standard also follows the chain of custody from farm to product, so consumers can be confident that the down and feathers in the products they choose are truly RDS.

Find Certified Suppliers here.

Learn more at ResponsibleDown.org.

 

RWS_logo_whitebackgroundThe goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly.

Find Certified Suppliers here.

Learn more at ResponsibleWool.org.

 

Certification Documents

Find Certified Companies

The table below lists all companies certified to the OCS, RCS, and GRS. If you are looking for RDS or RWS certified companies, follow the links below.

Companies certified to the Responsible Down Standard
Companies certified to the Responsible Wool Standard

How to Search:
The table can be filtered through any of the fields listed below, or by typing keywords into the “search” field located at the top right of the table.

  • Type “OCS”, “RCS”, or “GRS” in the “Standard” field to filter and view a single standard.
  • If you are looking for a specific reference number (may also be called project number or reference number) or company in the below table, use the filter function to search within the “Cert No.” field.
  • Excel, CSV, or PDF reports can be dowloaded before or after filtering your search.
  • Companies whose certification is past the validity date are highlighted in red; please contact the appropriate Certification Body (Certifier) to check the validity of a certified company as they may have renewed, but not yet reported this to Textile Exchange.
  • Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the table to view the full listing of certified products.