In 2018, Textile Exchange was gifted five new Standards by Control Union. Between 2019 and 2020, each Standard will undergo its own internal assessment process to determine how it will fit into Textile Exchange’s portfolio of offerings.
The five gifted Standards are in different stages of their lifecycle. Some are currently in use by our community while others are in development through piloting and research. We are looking for our community’s expertise and thought partnership to determine the role of Textile Exchange in each standard’s future.
The five gifted Standards that will be reviewed are:
Between 2019 and early 2020, each of the five gifted Standards will undergo their own assessment.
The assessment process is staggered, and we are working on more than one Standard at any given time to arrive at a recommendation to the Board as quickly as possible. By early 2020, our goal is to have a clear understanding of the future of each of the five gifted Standards and how they fit into Textile Exchange’s product offering.
Since May 2019, we’ve looked for our community’s expertise and thought partnership as we determine each Standard’s future and launched two surveys to tap into their expertise. The intent of the first survey was to get an overview over subject matter experts in the respective Standard’s field. Stakeholders who identified themselves as subject matter experts in the first survey received an invitation to a second survey that asked for more in-depth information around key assessment criteria related to the respective Standard.
Your feedback as current or prospective new users of these Standards, thorough research, analysis and select stakeholder conversations will inform a recommendation to the Textile Exchange Board who will make its final decision on the future of each Standard. Following the project close in early 2020, we will make available high level summaries of the decisions made (including feedback we received).
We have compiled an FAQ that answers questions we have received to date. We will periodically update this FAQ with new questions we receive. For any additional questions, comments or feedback on this process, please do not hesitate to reach out to GiftedStandards@TextileExchange.org.