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 civil society members, brands, farmers, supply chain members, as well as brands and retailers.

Our ASR-102 Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures defines the process for developing and revising our standards. 

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, such as the certification procedures, user manuals, and the claims policy.

Schedule of Revisions and Development

In July 2021, Textile Exchange began a comprehensive revision of its standards framework with the intent to embed its Climate+ strategy into a more unified standard system across its eight standards. Textile Exchange is embarking on this journey in collaboration with an International Working Group (IWG). Previous IWGs have been established for each standard; with the creation of one unified standard system, we will focus on one IWG.  We remain connected to smaller subject matter expert groups that will inform the  IWG.

To provide feedback on a standard or document, please use our Textile Exchange Feedback Form. Feedback received will be reviewed, at minimum, at the beginning of each standard revision process. 

The following is a schedule of revisions for standards.

Standard Current Version Schedule of Revision/Development
Content Claim Standard (CCS) 3.1, 9 June 2022 Reassessment as part of the unified standard system
Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) 1.0, 20 April 2021 Rolled into the unified standard development
Recycled Content Standard (RCS) 2.0, 1 January 2017 Rolled into the unified standard development
Global Recycled Standard (GRS) 4.0, 1 January 2017 Rolled into the unified standard development
Responsible Down Standard (RDS) 3.0, 1 July 2019 Rolled into the unified standard development
Organic Content Standard (OCS) 3.0, 1 March 2020 Rolled into the unified standard development
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) 2.2, 1 October 2020 Rolled into the unified standard development
Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) 1.2, 1 October 2021 Rolled into the unified standard development

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 2.1, 1 July 2022 2023
ASR-102 Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures 3.0, 16 November 2021 2024
TE-301 Standards Claims Policy (Logo Use and Claims Guide) 1.2, 4 February 2022 2023

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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