Development Hub

Our Process

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. 

Our highest priorities are to include all parties that may be affected by the standard, and to create a tool that balances strict requirements with realistic and auditable criteria. The development of all Textile Exchange standards is done through an international working group (IWG), representing the full spectrum of interested parties, including animal welfare groups, brands, farmers, supply chain members, industry associations, as well as brands and retailers.

The document ASR-102 Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures defines the process for developing and revising standards. An International Working Group (IWG), which is responsible for decision making in the standards development process, is formed with the defined terms of reference and representatives from the following sectors:

  • Brands/Retailers
  • Supply Chain
  • Material Producers
  • Civil Society
  • Professional Services

All Textile Exchange standards are reviewed at least once every five years to ensure that they remain relevant, reflect best practices, and achieve the desired impacts.

Alongside the revision of each standard, the applicable supporting documents are typically reviewed. This may include the Certification Procedures, Implementation Manual, User Manuals, Farmer Guidebooks, and Logo Use and Claims Guide.

Schedule of Revisions and Development

Beginning in 2019, standing IWGs are in place for some Textile Exchange standards in order to provide ongoing guidance to Textile Exchange staff.

To join an IWG or to provide feedback on a standard or document which is not currently under revision, please contact us directly.

The following is a schedule of revisions for standards. Click the link to visit the page for current development/revisions.

Standard Current Version Schedule of Revision/Development
Content Claim Standard (CCS) 2.0, 1 January 2016 In progress: 3.0 revision underway
Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) 1.0, April 2021 2024
Recycled Content Standard (RCS) 2.0, 1 January 2017 Revision launching April 2021
Global Recycled Standard (GRS) 4.0, 1 January 2017 Revision launching April 2021
Responsible Down Standard (RDS) 3.0, 1 July 2019 2023
Organic Content Standard (OCS) 3.0, 1 March 2020 2024
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) 2.0, 17 March 2020 2024
Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) 1.0, 17 March 2020 2024

The following is a schedule of revisions for Textile Exchange policies and other documents which will include a public consultation.

Document Current Version Schedule of Revision/Development
ASR-101 Accreditation and Certification Procedures for Textile Exchange Standards 2.0, 1 October 2019
Summary of responses to public consultation
2023
ASR-102 Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures 2.0, 28 September 2018 2022
Standards Claims Policy (Logo Use and Claims Guide) 1.0, 1 November 2020 2021 (revised annually)

System Reports

Textile Exchange has prepared the following reports regarding our systems:

ISEAL Alliance

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Textile Exchange is ISEAL Code Compliant. Our system has been independently evaluated against ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice––a globally recognized framework for effective, credible sustainability systems. More information at isealalliance.org.

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