Labeling & Standards Claims
Inspire others by promoting certified products.
Once you’ve started to source certified products, you might want to tell the world about it, both to show your commitment to climate action and to inspire others to do the same. Anytime you mention our standards, it’s important to follow our guidelines for claims. These help to protect the credibility of the standards and the organizations who keep to them, as well as the hard work being done all the way along the supply chain.
How it Works
A standards claim is any mention or reference to one of our standards.
This could involve logo use, something written down, and/or links to information that mentions the standard. There are two principal types of claims used to communicate around a standard. The first is a general marketing claim and the second is a product-related claim. Both of them can be used in business-to-business or in consumer-facing communications.
General marketing claims
When a company refers to our standards without mentioning a specific product or product category, it’s called a general marketing claim. Here’s how that might look for different companies.
Sharing that it meets the requirements of a standard.
Limiting communications to its commitments of use, future use, or percentage or volume goals, or saying that it’s currently purchasing certified products.
Indicating that it is authorized to provide certification services.
Media, non-profit organizations, academia, etc.
Providing information about a standard to the public.
A product-related claim indicates that a product or product line is certified or contains certified content. These claims may be made on or off the product. Only products that meet each of the requirements below are eligible for product-related claims.
|OCS BLENDED||OCS 100||RCS BLENDED||RCS 100||GRS||RDS||RWS||RMS|
|Blending with conventional material of the same allowed?||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No|
What to include
How to make a claim
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question not answered here, get in touch with us directly, and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.
Can someone from Textile Exchange approve my standard claim or artwork?
No. Only certification bodies are authorized to approve your use of product-related claims or labels. They have in-depth knowledge of our Standards Claims Policy and Standards Logo Use Specifications and will use them to approve your company’s logo use or claim, as well as verify the certification of your product.
Can you send me a standard logo?
No. Logos have to be obtained through the certification body that you or your supplier are working with for certification. We’ll only issue logos for specific uses by media or others who want to promote our standards.
I have partial chain of custody and my product does not qualify for labeling. How can I communicate about the standards and the efforts we are making?
If you do not have full chain of custody and can’t make a product-related claim, you may still choose to make claims from the three other categories described in the Standards Claims Policy.