In 2018, Textile Exchange was gifted five new Standards by Control Union. Between 2019 and early 2020, each Standard was thoroughly assessed to determine how it would fit into Textile Exchange’s portfolio of offerings. The gifted standards assessment project centered around five Standards:
1. Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
2. Sustainable Fiber Program (SFP)
3. Responsible Accessories & Jewelry Standard (RAJS)
4. Non-GMO Production Standard (NGPS)
5. Vegan Standard (VS)
At the point of the assessment, the standards were in different stages of their lifecycle. Some were already in use by our community while others were and still are in development through piloting and research. As part of the assessment, we looked for our community’s expertise and thought partnership to determine the role of Textile Exchange in each standard’s future.
All five gifted Standards were evaluated against six assumptions centering around mission fit, ability to transform the industry towards meaningful change, and business opportunity, so we were able to compare assessments and evaluations across all five at the end of the project. We also evaluated how the standard contributes to our 2030 strategy, the value propositions, and the vision of Preferred Fiber and Materials.
We will update this page as our Board reaches final decisions.
The voice of our community played a pivotal role in the decision-making of the role for each standard. We thank our community for being such active participants in the assessment process, graciously offering their insights and expertise, and posing questions for discussion. We understand that this takes time and commitment and appreciate the effort that has been put into this assessment by our community. We would also like to thank Control Union for their contribution to the development of these standards and making them available for Textile Exchange to review their fit into our work.
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 Standards@TextileExchange.org.