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Content Claim Standard (CCS)

What is the CCS?

The Content Claim Standard (CCS) is the foundation of all Textile Exchange standards. It 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.

  • Certification to the CCS verifies the chain of custody principles are followed in each stage of production.
  • Tracks the flow of raw material from source to the final product. 
  • Addresses product flow, documentation, volume reconciliations, and segregation of materials and products.
  • Based on scope and transaction certificates for maximum levels of verification and tracking.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Content Claim Standard (CCS) 3.0 is to ensure the accuracy of content claims. It is the chain of custody foundation for all of Textile Exchange’s Standards, and it provides: 

  • Industries with a tool to build trust with consumers about content claims; and  
  • Companies with a tool to verify business-to-business content claims.

The CCS tracks verified input material through the supply chain and applies to any product, from any industry. It is intended to maintain the integrity of the claimed material’s attributes from the original input source to the final product


The CCS provides a strong chain of custody system from the source to the final product and serves as the chain of custody foundation for Textile Exchange’s existing standards. It is a globally applicable standard and it’s used across the supply chain, from manufacturers, brands and retailers, traders, certification bodies, and organizations supporting specific raw material initiatives. The CCS is verified by an accredited third-party certification body.

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Key Updates in CCS 3.0

CCS 3.0 is effective as of July 1, 2021 and mandatory by July 1, 2022 (see CCS 3.0 Transition Policy).

See a summary of key changes from the revision here.

Alternative Volume Reconciliation, or VR2, is our mass balance concept currently eligible for recycled inputs that are used in a continuous production system. 

Mass balance is designed so certified and non-certified inputs can be co-mingled during processing regardless of the proportions.  A credit account is used to keep a record of qualifying input volumes that can be applied for an equivalent volume of outputs to be sold with VR2 claims. 

Please find our Policy for Alternative Volume Reconciliation here and the consultation feedback summary here.  

Please find additional information around our approach to alternative volume reconciliation on our FAQ page here. 

Brand Certification

Brand Certification is now required to complete the chain of custody.


Contracts are now required with all subcontractors. New requirements for organizations acting as subcontractors are in place. See section C5 in CCS 3.0 for more detail.

Trader Certification

Traders without physical possession are no longer required to be certified. See the CCS Scope section under B1 in CCS 3.0 to learn more.

Multi-Group Certification

Clarification of requirements in Section F in CCS 3.0.

CCS Documents

Standard Documents

Standard Documents

History of the CCS

CCS 3.0 was published on July 1, 2021. View the CCS 3.0 Consultation Feedback Summary for a summary of comments received during the Public Stakeholder Review period.