Old assessment methodology
Very good choice
  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The aim of the standard is to determine requirements throughout the textile supply chain for both stringent ecological and social conditions in textile and apparel processing and manufacturing using organically produced raw materials.
The “Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH" (Global Standard non-profit limited liability company) is the proprietor of the GOTS label and is charged with executing the Global Organic Textile Standard programme. The programme was initiated by the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standards. The working group is an association of various standard organisations that advocate environmentally sound and socially responsible textile production while using organic fibres.
Textiles that consist of at least 70 percent organically produced natural fibres and meet the GOTS criteria may carry the GOTS label ("made with x% organic"). From 95% organic content, the addition "organic" is awarded on the label. The standard undergoes revision every three years, in March 2020 GOTS Version 6.0 was released.

Cred­ib­il­ity 89%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Availability of Standard-Setting Process
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the Standard
  • List of Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Clarity of claim
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Information on Sources of Finance
  • Incorporation of Stakeholder feedback
  • Documented Assessment Methodology
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Scheme Management
    Governance structures and management of the scheme
    72/100
    • Governance
      67/100
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        The members of the International Working Group that have developed GOTS and the related quality assurance system are: (IVN, SA, OTA, JOCA) The Advisory Council itself is the decisive committee for all relevant structural and political issues related to the Global Organic Textile Standard programme. http://www.global-standard.org/about-us/organization.html Website gives a description of the different bodies within the GOTS, (IWG, advisory council, management, technical committee, regional representatives, certifiers council), their responsibilities and how they interlink to each other. I did not find an organigram making this clearer

      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        In 2008 a new legal entity under German law was set up by the IWG. The Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH now is a non-profit company. http://global-standard.org/about-us/organization.html

      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes available publicly (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        The Advisory Council is the decisive committee for all relevant organizational, structural and political issues of the Global Organic Textie Standard. The Technical Committee is in charge to generate revisions of the standard, issue interpretation documents, to develop the quality assurance system and to supervise its implementation. The Certifiers Council has an advisory function with regard to all issues related to the GOTS quality assurance system. http://www.global-standard.org/about-us/organization.html

      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        http://www.global-standard.org/about-us/organization.html The IWG is composed of three non for profit associations (IVN, OTA,JOCA) and one charity (SA). Each of these four has one representative in the Advisory Council. This implies power is balanced between these four members of the IWG. Whether this means that the interests of all stakeholders is balanced, is not clear from public documents

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        The International Working Group has formed a Certifiers Council in which each certifier participates with a responsible expert. The Certifiers Council has an advisory function with regard to all issues related to the GOTS quality assurance system and reports to the Technical Committee. The collaboration of all approved GOTS certifiers in this unique forum is an important prerequisite for a consistent interpretation on the criteria of the GOTS and an equal implementation of its quality assurance system. http://www.global-standard.org/about-us/certifiers-council.html there is 1) a clear organization structure with responsibilities, a bodies (Technical Committee and Advisory Council) to advise on the quality assurance system

      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'Our vision is that organic textiles will become a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.' 'Our mission is the development, implementation, verification, protection and promotion of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecology and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials.' 'We see ourselves as contributing to sustainable development and actively cooperate with all relevant stakeholders.' http://www.global-standard.org/about-us/visionmission.html

      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        No

    • Impact
      90/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        Consumption of water and energy are most important aspects in sustainability considerations for textile processors and manufacturers. As part of the environmental management criteria (chapter 2.4.10) GOTS requires that - among other information - certified entities must have available and provide: data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output GOTS Monitor (Water/Energy) aims at supporting certified entities to approach and comply with these requirements. target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard.html http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/gots-monitor.html previous the answer was 'not yet' although the current water/energy monitor may qualify. The monitor is available for certificate holders to use without any extra cost

      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        The data and information colleced through the software tool GOTS Monitor is intended to be used for learing and development of criteria requirements in the fields water and energy use, which are considered the most important sustainability factors in textile processing. http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/gots-monitor.html

      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        GOTS is an ISO Type 1 Label

    • Supporting Strategies
      67/100
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
  • Standard-Setting
    Standard development and revision
    92/100
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      GOTS Version 5.0 was released on 1 March 2017 The new version of GOTS is a result of a comprehensive stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and social criteria participated. It follows the overall approach of GOTS to define high level verifiable environmental criteria throughout the entire processing chain of apparel and home textiles (including spinning, knitting, weaving, wet processing, manufacturing, and trading) made from a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres and requiring social criteria while still providing for a practical set of requirements that is technically achievable even in large scale industrial textile production and for mass market brands and retailers in order to achieve a considerable environmental and social impact in the textile industry. The implementation deadline for GOTS certified entities to fully comply with Version 5.0 is 1 March 2018. http://global-standard.org/the-standard.ht

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      Revision procedure for the last revision is documented http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/revision-procedure.html

    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Members only (10 points)
      • Invitation only (70 points)
      • All stakeholders (100 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      list of stakeholders invited includes directly affected stakeholders: http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/revision-procedure.html All interested parties are invited to give suggestions through one of the listed stakeholders. http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/revision-procedure.html list of stakeholders invited includes directly affected stakeholders: http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/revision-procedure.html All interested parties are invited to give suggestions through one of the listed stakeholders.

    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/revision-procedure.html this is different from original question ss03, which asks for a scientific base. There are several consultation rounds, but no pilot testing

    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      The International Working Group (IWG) is composed of three non for profit associations (IVN, OTA, Joca) and one Cherity (Soil Association). The Advisory Council being the top decision making body of the IWG and the Technical Committee is composed of one representative of each IWG member organization. http://www.global-standard.org/about-us/iwg-technical-committee.html however, external stakeholder groups do not have decision power as the final decision lies with the IWG, which consists of 3 non profit industry associations and 1 charity

    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      'Standard revisions are anticipated every three years.' http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/revision-procedure.html Introduction

    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      'The Manual for the Implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard provides interpretations and clarifications for specific criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard [...]' http://www.global-standard.org/the-standard/manual-for-implementation.html

    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      '3.6 Living wages. Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark stand-ards, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary in-come.' '3.7. Working hours are not excessive. Working hours must comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection.' GOTS, chapter 3.6, chapter 3.7 this refers to national laws, not so much to regional context

    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes, publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes, publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      general complaints procedures http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/gots-complaint_procedure.pdf there is a general complaints policy, which can also be applied for complaints regarding the standards setting process

  • Assurance
    Mechanisms for assessment of compliance with the standard
    91/100
    • Assurance System
      92/100
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        'GOTS has developed its own accreditation system for this approval process as well as for continuous monitoring of the approved Certification Bodies, as outlined in the document “Approval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies”.' http://www.global-standard.org/certification/conditions-for-certification-bodies.html link to the in excerpt mentioned document: http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf

      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'Textile processing, manufacturing and trading entities can apply for certification according to the Global Organic Textile Standard. ' http://www.global-standard.org/certification/how-to-become-certified.html HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)

        Source:

        ' The Certification Body shall make available [...] on request: [...] e. The fee structure for its services;' http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 12 of 23 5.1.4.1 Publicly accessible information

      • Are levels of all costs and fees incurred by applicants and certificate holders/licencees based on programme costs and kept as low as possible?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        3.1.1. Licence Fee: Each Certified Entity must pay an annual Licence Fee based on the number of facilities inspected. The Licence Fee is set at 120 Euro for each facility that is inspected for a Certified Entity. Certified Entities that are ordinary members of one of the founding organisations of the Global Standard gGmbH pay half of the amounts. The Licence Fee must be collected by the Approved Certifier and transferred to the Global Standard gGmbH by 31st January of each calendar year starting in the year which follows the initial inspection of the Certified Entity. A Certified Entity which resigns and reapplies certification in the following year again, is required to pay the applicable Licence Fee for both years. 3.2. Annual Fee: The Approved Certifiers must pay an Annual Fee of 30 Euro (..) http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 12 of 23 5.1.4.1 Publicly accessible information http://www.global-standard.

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        5.1.5.6.The Certification Body shall have in place policies and procedures for the resolution of complaints and appeals received from operators or other parties about the handling of certification or any other related matters. In particular, the Certification Body shall a) Take appropriate subsequent action to resolve complaints and appeals; and b) Document the action taken and its effect. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 14 of 23 chapter 5.1.5.6

      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • Confidential (10 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        5.4.4. Public data base, reporting on activities b) A report on the relevant activities including a complete list of the inspected and/or certified entities and their facilities as well as withdrawn entities and their facilities in the preceding calendar year is to be sent by end of January of each year to the Global Standard gGmbH. c) Certification Bodies shall submit upon request by the GOTS Technical Committee detailed procedural or individual documentation related to inspection, certification and – if applicable -chemical approval activities in order to permit the GOTS Technical Committee to supervise Certification Body's adherence to the GOTS, the Manual for Implementation and any procedural rules and interpretation advises issued by the GOTS Technical Committee. The GOTS Technical Committee members shall be bound to treat any of this information confidentially. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 22 of 23

      • Does the certificate or license define the duration for which it is valid?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        'Processors, manufacturers and traders of GOTS Goods must participate in the GOTS certification procedure which is based on an on-site annual inspection cycle' http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf GOTS Manual, p.21 (also in standard, page 31)

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        5.2.2. Evaluation 5.2.2.1. Scope a) The Certification Body shall have a plan for the evaluation activities to allow for the necessary arrangements to be managed. b) The Certification Body shall evaluate entities against all certification requirements specified.The evaluation shall consist of a review of documents and an on-site inspection visit 5.2.2.2. Review of application and preparation of inspection a) Prior to the inspection, the Certification Body shall review the application documents to ensure that certification can be carried out and that application of certification procedures is possible. In particular, the Certification Body shall review whether: • Documents submitted by the operator are complete; • The operator appears to be able to comply with all certification requirements (GOTS and applicable related procedures); b) (..) http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 15 of 23 chapter 5.2.2

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes incl. scope of certificate or license
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes (publicly) (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Annual (0 points)
        • Every 3 years (100 points)
        • Every 5 years (0 points)
        • Ad hoc (0 points)

        Source:

        Processors, manufacturers and traders of GOTS Goods must participate in the GOTS certification procedure which is based on an on-site annual inspection cycle (including possible additional unannounced inspections based on a risk assessment of the operations). They must hold a valid certificate of compliance listing the certified products/product categories and the processing, manufacturing and trading activities that are qualified under the scope of certification (including names of subcontractors assigned and their relevant processing and manufacturing steps). http://global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Documents/GOTS_Standard_5.0.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        a) The Certification Body shall ensure that each operator is notified of any changes in the certification requirements without delay. b) The Certification Body shall verify the operator’s implementation of such changes in a timely manner, within the given implementation periods. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 19 of 23 5.2.4.4. Changes in the certification requirements

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        http://global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Documents/GOTS_Standard_5.0.pdf 3.11. Social Compliance Management Companies must have a policy for social accountability to ensure that the social criteria can be met. They must support the implementation and monitoring of the social criteria by: • nominating a person responsible for social accountability • monitoring compliance with the social criteria and implementing necessary improvements at its facilities

      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (100 points)
        • yes available on request (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        The GOTS quality assurance system requires that beyond the entire processing and manufacturing chain (from post-harvest handling up to sewing, packing and labelling) also B2B traders (= traders that sell to other businesses such as im- and exporters, wholesalers) must participate in the inspection and certification program before final products can be labelled as GOTS certified in order to provide a credible and consistent product assurance to the end consumer. http://www.global-standard.org/licensing-and-labelling/how-to-get-products-labelled.html http://www.global-standard.org/images/Policy-TransactionCertificates-01April2015.pdf http://www.global-standard.org/images/TransactionCertificate-template-GOTS-26October2015.pdf

    • Conformity Assessment
      92/100
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        100/100
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (10 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)

          Source:

          'On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders performed by independent specially accredited bodies is the basis of the GOTS monitoring system in order to provide a credible assurance for the integrity of GOTS certified textiles.' http://www.global-standard.org/certification.html

        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          5.2.3. Decision on certification Certification decisions must be made within two calendar months of the inspection. 5.2.3.1. Division of functions The Certification Body shall ensure that each decision on certification is taken by (a) person(s) or committee different from the one(s) that carried out the inspection. 5.2.3.2. Basis for the decision The decision shall be based solely on the conformity of the operation with the GOTS certification requirements, using information gathered during the inspection and evaluation process. 5.2.3.3. Documentation :Documentation of certification decisions shall include the basis for the decisions. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf p17 of 23

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (100 points)

          Source:

          5.2.3.4. Dealing with non-conformities a) Certification decisions may include requests for the correction of minor non-conformities within a specified time period. In case of major non-conformities, a certificate shall be withheld or suspended until implementation of corrective actions can be demonstrated. In serious cases, certification shall be denied or withdrawn. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf p.17

      • Sustainability Audits
        90/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 4+5 of 23; 4.1. Prerequisite for Certification Bodies; 4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies

        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 1 year or less
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (100 points)
          • 1-2 years (100 points)
          • 2-3 years (80 points)
          • 4-5 years (50 points)
          • 5 years or more (10 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          'Processors, manufacturers and traders of GOTS Goods must participate in the GOTS certification procedure which is based on an on-site annual inspection cycle' 5.2.4.2. Frequency of inspection a.) In general operators that are obliged to be certified in accordance with the criteria provided in GOTS (ref. chapter 4.1) are to be inspected at least annually. b) The Certification Body may decide on exceptions from the annual onsite inspection cycle in accordance with the criteria provided in the GOTS and the Manual for Implementation (ref. chapter 4.1) only. c) In addition to the regular inspection visit, the Certification Body must conduct unannounced on-site inspections of certified entities in accordance with the stipulations provided in the latest issue of the Manual for Implementation (r http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf GOTS Manual, p.21 http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf p18/23

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          5.2.4.2a) In general operators that are obliged to be certified in accordance with the criteria provided in GOTS (ref. chapter 4.1) are to be inspected at least annually. b) The Certification Body may decide on exceptions from the annual onsite inspection cycle in accordance with the criteria provided in the GOTS and the Manual for Implementation (ref.chapter 4.1) only. c) In addition to the regular inspection visit, the Certification Body must conduct unannounced on-site inspections of certified entities in accordance with the stipulations provided in the latest issue of the Manual for Implementation (ref. chapter 4.1). Approved Certifiers that have contracted more than 10 GOTS Certified Entities must conduct a minimum of 2% unannounced on-site inspections (or 1 inspection; whichever is greater) of (...) http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf GOTS Manual, p.21+22 http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Version4-01March2014.pdf page 31 of 39

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          5.2.2. Evaluation 5.2.2.1. Scope a) The Certification Body shall have a plan for the evaluation activities to allow for the necessary arrangements to be managed. b) The Certification Body shall evaluate entities against all certification requirements specified. The evaluation shall consist of a review of documents and an on-site inspection visit http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf GOTS Manual, p.22-23 http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf; page 15 of 23

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Required
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (70 points)
          • Required (100 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          5.2.4.2. c.In addition to the regular inspection visit, the Certification Body must conduct unannounced on-site inspections of certified entities in accordance with the stipulations provided in the latest issue of the Manual for Implementation (ref. chapter 4.1). Approved Certifiers that have contracted more than 10 GOTS Certified Entities must conduct a minimum of 2% unannounced on-site inspections (or 1 inspection; whichever is greater) of certified facilities per year, chosen randomly and/or chosen taking into account the risk or threat to the organic integrity of the production or products and the risk for non-compliances related to social criteria in the (...) http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf, P18 of 23 http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf GOTS Manual, p.21

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          COC Audit

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          ' The Certification Body shall report evaluation findings according to documented reporting procedures to the operator'+ GOTS Manual Inspection Protocoll:The on-site inspection protocol with regard to environmental criteria shall at the very minimum undertake the following, as applicable to the inspected facility: a. Assessment of the processing system by means of visits to processing and storage units (which may also include visits to non-organic areas if there is reason for doing so); b. Review of records and accounts in order to verify flow of goods (input/output reconciliation and the tracing back); c. Inspection of the chemical inputs (dyes and auxiliaries) and accessories used and assessment of their compliance with the applicable criteria of the GOTS; d. Identification of areas of risk to organic integrity; e. Inspection of the waste water (pre-)treatment system of wet processors; f. Verification of the operator's risk assessment of contamination and residue testing policy poten

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          ' The Certification Body shall ensure that each decision on certification is taken by (a) person(s) or committee different from the one(s) that carried out the inspection' http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 17 of 23 ; 5.2.3.1. Division of functions

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        100/100
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (70 points)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (0 points)
          • Member removed from a group (100 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        100/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          4.1. Prerequisite for Certification Bodies Certification Bodies applying for approval as GOTS Approved Certifier must already have a valid accreditation to perform certification for at least one standard according to ISO/IEC 17065: 2012 'Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services'. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 4+5 of 23; 4.1. Prerequisite for Certification Bodies

        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          'On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders performed by independent specially accredited bodies is the basis of the GOTS monitoring system in order to provide a credible assurance for the integrity of GOTS certified textiles.' http://www.global-standard.org/certification.html

        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          5.2.2. Evaluation 5.2.2.1. Scope a) The Certification Body shall have a plan for the evaluation activities to allow for the necessary arrangements to be managed. b) The Certification Body shall evaluate entities against all certification requirements specified. The evaluation shall consist of a review of documents and an on-site inspection visit http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf GOTS Manual, p.22-23 http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf; page 15 of 23; Chapter 5.2.2

        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          The GOTS quality assurance system is based on on-site inspection and certification of the textile processing and trade chain. In particular operators from post-harvest handling up to garment making as well as traders up to the import stage have to undergo an on-site annual inspection cycle and must hold a valid certification as prerequisite in order for final products to be labelled as GOTS certified http://www.global-standard.org/certification/how-to-become-certified.html

      • Laboratory Testing
        75/100
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Yes publicly
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (70 points)
          • Yes publicly (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          All test methods are specified in GOTS, chapter 2.4.14, 2.4.15, 2.4.16

        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Yes to ISO 17025
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (100 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (70 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          'Laboratories that are accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025 [...] are approved to perform residue testing for those tests that are under the scope of their accreditation' http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Version4-01March2014.pdf p32

        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Each month (0 points)
          • Each quarter (100 points)
          • Each 6 months (0 points)
          • Surprise tests (0 points)
          • Ad hoc (0 points)

          Source:

          4.2.Testing of Technical Quality Parameters and Residues Certified Entities are expected to undertake testing in accordance with a risk assessment in order to assure compliance with this standard and in specific with the criteria of chapter 2.4.14 (Technical Quality Parameters) as well as 2.4.15 and 2.4.16 (Limit Values for Residues in GOTS Goods, additional materials and accessories). All GOTS Goods, the components of these products and the inputs used are to be included in this risk assessment and therefore potentially subject to testing. The testing frequency, the type and number of samples are to be established according to this risk assessment. Samples for residue testing may also be taken by the inspector during the required on-site inspection, either as back-up to the inspection process or in case of suspicion of contamination or non-compliance. Additional samples of goods may be taken from the su http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Version4-01March2014.pdf page 32 of 39

        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          GOTS, chapter 1.4: 'Only textile goods (finished or intermediate) produced in compliance with this standard by a Certified Entity and certified by an Ap-proved Certifier (= GOTS Goods) may be sold, labelled or represented as: a) 'organic' or 'organic in conversion' or b) 'made with (x %) organic materials' or 'made with (x %) organic in conversion materials' and the GOTS logo (or the immediate reference “Global Organic Textile Standard” or the short form “GOTS”). ' GOTS, 2.4.13: 'A product whose GOTS compliant status is in doubt may only be put into processing or packaging after elimination of that doubt.' GOTS 4.0, p.5, chapter 1.4 and p.20, chapter 2.4.13, http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Version4-01March2014.pdf

    • Auditor Competencies
      86/100
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        5.1.2.2. Qualification criteria and documentation a) The Certification Body shall define minimum criteria for the competence of their personnel expected to be engaged in GOTS certification services. Criteria should specify minimum education, training, technical knowledge and work experience relevant to the scope of certification issued. b) The Certification body shall formally authorise personnel for functions in the certification process. c) The Certification Body shall ensure for each GOTS certification decision that at least one of its personnel involved must have a university or bachelor degree in the field of textile or clothing engineering plus expertise in quality management issues, or 3 years professional experience as technician in the textile industry plus expertise in quality management issues or 2 years pr http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 8 of 23; 5.1.2.2. Qualification criteria and documentation

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        5.1.2.3. Capacity-building The Certification Body shall ensure that personnel involved in certification (i.e. inspectors and other certification personnel, including members of certification committees) have and continue to have up-to-date technical knowledge in their respective fields of activity to enable them to conduct evaluation and certification effectively and uniformly. In particular, the Certification Body shall a) Review the competence of its personnel in light of their performance in order to identify training needs; b) Ensure that new personnel have sufficient competence. New inspectors must receive qualified training of on-site inspection for the GOTS certification and undergo an on-site apprenticeship period accompanying inspections carried out according to the GOTS certification system while under the supervision of quali http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 9+10 of 23 ; 5.1.2.3. Capacity-building

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Formal training requirements have not been specified by GOTS for auditors. The accrediting body is expected to look at this point during yearly audits. Qualifications of Auditors have been specified by the Standard.

      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ensure that new personnel have sufficient competence. New inspectors must receive qualified training of on-site inspection for the GOTS certification and undergo an on-site apprenticeship period accompanying inspections carried out according to the GOTS certification system while under the supervision of qualified personnel. In case this is reasonably practical considering the given number and geographical structure of existing operators at least 5 inspections are to be accompanied. The training and accompanied inspections must cover each accreditation scope in which the inspector will be assigned; Note: Certification Bodies can refer to ISO/IEC 17021 Annex D for guidance on the qualitiesand behaviours of good inspectors in assessing inspectors during the hiring process; http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 9+10 of 23 ; 5.1.2.3. Capacity-building

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        5.1.2.3. Capacity-building The Certification Body shall ensure that personnel involved in certification (i.e. inspectors and other certification personnel, including members of certification committees) have and continue to have up-to-date technical knowledge in their respective fields of activity to enable them to conduct evaluation and certification effectively and uniformly. In particular, the Certification Body shall a) Review the competence of its personnel in light of their performance in order to identify training needs; http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 9+10 of 23 ; 5.1.2.3. Capacity-building Althouth no explicit frequency is provided in the wording of this criteria, it is clear and should be acknowledged that if the assurance providers (certifiers) would not at least evaluate their personnel every 3 years, it would be considered a non-conformity of this criterion.

      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: Ad Hoc
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Annually (0 points)
        • Ad Hoc (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        'The Certification Body shall ensure that personnel involved in certification [...] have and continue to have up-to-date technical knowledge in their respective fields of activity ' http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 9+10 of 23 ; 5.1.2.3. Capacity-building

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Global Standard gGmbH may terminate this Contract with immediate effect at any time by written notice to Certifier if i. Certifier breaches any of it's obligations stipulated in this Contract, provided, however, the termination shall not become effective if Certifier shall discontinue the breach and remedy its consequences to the Global Standard GmbH's satisfaction within thirty days following the date of termination; or ii. Certifier sells its operation; or iii. Certifier's shareholders or the form of its incorporation changes; or iv. Certifier becomes insolvent, makes a general assignment for the benefit of creditors, bankruptcy or receivership proceedings are instituted against its assets or are dismissed for lack of assets; or v. Certifier does no longer meet the requirements stipulated in item 3.1 above. Contract document with CABs.

    • Accreditation / Oversight
      90/100
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        The Global Standard gGmbH requests that the assigned accreditation body include the following specific minimum inspection and evaluation elements in its respective accreditation and monitoring procedure: a) Accreditation audit to the headquarter / main office of the initially applying Certification Body b) Witness audit performed at a textile manufacturing mill (preferably vertical mill including wet-processing unit, provided that the Certification Body has applied for this scope) for the initially applying Certification Body c) Continuous monitoring of approved GOTS Certification Bodies, including performing at least one up-date accreditation visit every second year to the/an office conducting GOTS certifications and at least one witness or review audit every second year of granted accreditation. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 23; 4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies

      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        'Accreditation bodies must comply with the procedures of ISO/IEC Guide 17011: 2004 'Conformity assessment - Gerneral requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies' [...]' http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 23; 4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies

      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        'The main cooperating partner for this process is the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS), [...] accreditation process is performed by the Certification Body's actual accreditation body, as long as this accreditation body is a recognised national or international accreditation body (such as IAF member) http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 4 of 23; 2. Principles

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: 2-3 years
        Score: 80/100
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (100 points)
        • 1 year (100 points)
        • 2-3 years (80 points)
        • 4-5 years (50 points)
        • >5 years (10 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
        • None (0 points)

        Source:

        '[...]c) Continuous monitoring of approved GOTS Certification Bodies, including performing at least one up-date accreditation visit every second year to the/an office conducting GOTS certifications and at least one witness or review audit2 every second year of granted accreditation http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 23; 4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies

      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 23; 4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2. Principles: Organisations performing professional and objective auditing of manufacturing facilities and operating product certification systems can apply for approval as GOTS Approved Certifier to the Global Standard gGmbH. 4.2. Application procedure [....] http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 4+5 of 23

      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (100 points)
        • Yes (0 points)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (80 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        GOTS only accepts accriditation only on your specific Scope

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies Accreditation bodies must comply with the procedures of ISO/IEC Guide 17011: 2004 'Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies' and must agree to follow the GOTS approval and monitoring procedure as provided for in this manual. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf ; Page 5 of 23

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies Accreditation bodies must comply with the procedures of ISO/IEC Guide 17011: 2004 'Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies' and must agree to follow the GOTS approval and monitoring procedure as provided for in this document. question has changed a bit, and the original answer is not relevant to the new question. The answer is supposed to be found in the certifiers contract

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        ' Approval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies, Capter 4.3 Page 6, http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf; Page 5 of 23

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies Accreditation bodies must comply with the procedures of ISO/IEC Guide 17011: 2004 'Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies' and must agree to follow the GOTS approval and monitoring procedure as provided for in this manual. The Global Standard gGmbH requests that the assigned accreditation body include the following specific minimum inspection and evaluation elements in its respective accreditation and monitoring procedure: a) Accreditation audit to the headquarter / main office of the initially applying Certification Body b) Witness audit performed at a textile manufacturing mill (preferably vertical mill including wet-processing unit, provided that the Certification Body has applied for this scope) for the GOTS - Approval Proced http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 23

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        4.3. Inspection and evaluation requirements for accreditation bodies Accreditation bodies must comply with the procedures of ISO/IEC Guide 17011: 2004 'Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies' and must agree to follow the GOTS approval and monitoring procedure as provided for in this manual. The Global Standard gGmbH requests that the assigned accreditation body include the following specific minimum inspection and evaluation elements in its respective accreditation and monitoring procedure: a) Accreditation audit to the headquarter / main office of the initially applying Certification Body b) Witness audit performed at a textile manufacturing mill (preferably vertical mill including wet-processing unit, provided that the Certification Body has applied for this scope) for the GOTS - Approval Proced http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/Approval_Procedure_for_Certification_Bodies_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 23

  • Claims & Traceability
    Claims and labelling policy and chain of custody
    100/100
    • Traceability
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Certification Requirements in the Supply Chain The GOTS quality assurance system requires that beyond the entire processing and manufacturing chain (from post-harvest handling up to sewing, packing and labelling) also B2B traders (= traders that sell to other businesses such as importers and exporters, wholesalers) must participate in the inspection and certification program before final products can be labelled as GOTS certified in order to provide a credible and consistent product assurance to the end consumer. Although traders do not modify goods, they buy and sell organic textile products and represent a crucial link to achieve transparency and traceability in the value chain. The certification of traders is based on the verification of their product flow documentation. Certifiers trace the quantity of organic textile products through mass balance calculation of purchased and sold GOTS (...) http://www.global-standard.org/licensing-and-labelling/how-to-get-products-labelled.html

      • In terms of the level of traceability, which is the least strict CoC model that the scheme allows?
        Answer: Segregation
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Segregation (100 points)
        • Mass Balance (70 points)
        • Certificate Trading (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Certification Requirements in the Supply Chain The GOTS quality assurance system requires that beyond the entire processing and manufacturing chain (from post-harvest handling up to sewing, packing and labelling) also B2B traders (= traders that sell to other businesses such as importers and exporters, wholesalers) must participate in the inspection and certification program before final products can be labelled as GOTS certified in order to provide a credible and consistent product assurance to the end consumer. Although traders do not modify goods, they buy and sell organic textile products and represent a crucial link to achieve transparency and traceability in the value chain. The certification of traders is based on the verification of their product flow documentation. Certifiers trace the quantity of organic textile products through mass balance calculation of purchased and sold GOTS (...) http://www.global-standard.org/licensing-and-labelling/how-to-get-products-labelled.html

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Mixing is not allowed

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        5.2.2.3. Inspection protocol Inspection is carried out in order to verify information and compliance with certification requirements applicable to the operator. It shall follow a set protocol to facilitate non-discriminatory and objective inspection. The on-site inspection protocol shall at the very minimum undertake the following, as applicable to the inspected operator: a) Assessment of the processing system by means of visits to processing and storage units (which may also include visits to non-certified areas if there is reason for doing so). b) Review of records and accounts in order to verify flow of goods (input/output reconciliation and the tracing back); c) Inspection of the chemical inputs (dyes and auxiliaries) and accessories used and assessment of their compliance with the applicable criteria of the GOTS; d) Identification of areas of risk to product integrity; e) http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/GOTS_Licensing_and_Labelling_Guide_1_Mar_2016.pdf page16 of 23

      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2.4.13. Record keeping & internal quality assurance All operational procedures and practices must be supported by effective documented control systems and records that enable to trace: • the origin, nature and quantities of organic and additional (raw) materials, accessories as well as inputs which have been delivered to the unit

      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        (gots manual section 1.2) Interpretation: In principle any product that can be considered as a textile fibre product is covered under the scope of this standard. Textile fibre products containing electronic components are excluded. Furniture is not covered under this scope. Also, the standard does not cover products made from non-fibre materials such as leather, skin or hide. A product can only be certified and labelled ('organic' or 'made with organic') as a whole. It is not possible to certify and label only a part or component of a product 4.4. Referencing of products which are not (completely) produced in compliance with GOTS: In order that there is no misrepresentation that a product is GOTS certified, the GOTS labelling conditions do not permit the use (...) http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Manual-01March2014.pdf page 4 of 25 http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/GOTS_Licensing_and_Labelling_Guide_1_Mar_2016.pdf; pages 7 & 9 of 12; Chapter 4.4 & Chapter 8

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable, as there is only one CoC model: the system with the TCs. ALL materials must be from organic fibre / compliant to the GOTS guidelines. Only differentiation is the claim for 70% organic / 100% organic

      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        4.1. Product marking / On-product application with GOTS logo Where used, the GOTS logo must be applied on GOTS Goods in such a way that it is visible to the buyer / consignee in the textile supply chain and to the end consumer at the time of purchase (e.g. use on (final) packaging and/or hangtag and/or a (care) label). Buyers of GOTS Goods who are obliged to participate in the certification scheme according to the criteria as provided for in chapter 4.1. of GOTS are not permitted to present or (re)sell these (further processed) products with the GOTS logo if they are not GOTS certified themselves. The GOTS logo always must be accompanied by the applicable label grade 'organic' (or 'organic - (...) (1)http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/GOTS_Licensing_and_Labelling_Guide_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5 of 12; 4.1. Product marking / On-product application (2) http://www.global-standard.org/licensing-and-labelling/how-to-get-products-labelled.html Application of the labelling

      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        1 Scope of the document This document describes the process to ensure a formalised, timely and effective means of handling and resolving any complaints raised with regard to: - unauthorised, false or misleading use of the GOTS logo or other claims related to GOTS (certification) - [...] 9. Misuse of the GOTS logo The Global Standard gGmbH and/or the Approved Certifiers will pursue all legal remedies for any unauthorised or misleading use of the GOTS logo on product declarations, in advertisements, catalogues or other contexts, including actions such as corrective and/or legal action and/or publication of the transgression so as to safeguard credibility of the GOTS identification. In case of unauthorized or misleading use of the GOTS logo as mentioned above or other violations http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/gots-complaint_procedure.pdf; page 1 of 3 http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/GOTS_Licensing_and_Labelling_Guide_1_Mar_2016.pdf; page 10 of 12; Chapter 9

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2.2.1. Products sold, labelled or represented as 'organic' or 'organic – in conversion' 2.2.2.Products sold, labelled or represented as 'made with x % organic materials' or 'made with x % organic –in conversion materials

      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: 95-100%
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (25 points)
        • 50-74% (50 points)
        • 75-94% (80 points)
        • 95-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2.2.1.Products sold, labelled or represented as 'organic' or 'organic –in conversion' No less than 95% of the fibre content of the products -excluding accessories-must be of certified organic origin or from 'in conversion' period (identified and labelled as specified in chapters 1.4 and 2.1 of this standard). Up to 5% of the fibre content of the prod-ucts may be made of non-organic fibres that are listed under 'additional fibre materials' in chapter 2.4.9. The percentage figures refer to the weight of the fibre content of the products at normal conditions. 2.2.2.Products sold, labelled or represented as 'made with x % organic materials' or 'made with x % organic –in conversion materials 'No less than 70% of the fibre content of the products-excluding accessories-must be of certified organic origin or from 'in conversion' period (identified and labelled as specified in chapters 1.4 and 2.1 of this (...)

      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: 75-100%
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (25 points)
        • 21-50% (50 points)
        • 51-74% (80 points)
        • 75-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2.2.1.Products sold, labelled or represented as 'organic' or 'organic –in conversion' No less than 95% of the fibre content of the products -excluding accessories-must be of certified organic origin or from 'in conversion' period (identified and labelled as specified in chapters 1.4 and 2.1 of this standard). Up to 5% of the fibre content of the prod-ucts may be made of non-organic fibres that are listed under 'additional fibre materials' in chapter 2.4.9. The percentage figures refer to the weight of the fibre content of the products at normal conditions. 2.2.2.Products sold, labelled or represented as 'made with x % organic materials' or 'made with x % organic –in conversion materials 'No less than 70% of the fibre content of the products-excluding accessories-must be of certified organic origin or from 'in conversion' period (identified and labelled as specified in chapters 1.4 and 2.1 of this (...) http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Version4-01March2014.pdf page 7 of 39

      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        4.1. Product marking / On-product application with GOTS logo ... []... The GOTS logo always must be accompanied by the applicable label grade 'organic' (or 'organic - in conversion') or 'made with (x %) organic materials' (or 'made with (x %) organic - in conversion materials'). A reference to the Approved Certifier who has certified the marked goods (e.g. certifier's name, short form and/or logo) and the licence number of the Certified Entity (as provided by the Approved Certifier) is mandatory. If the last Certified Entity in the supply chain is a trader or retailer the licence number used in labelling may be the licence number of the last manufacturer or of the certified trader or retailer. http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/GOTS_Licensing_and_Labelling_Guide_1_Mar_2016.pdf page 5; Chapter 4.1 use of the logo includes the wording 'GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard' and 'organic' or 'made with xx% organic' and references to the certifier and certificate holder (..)

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        1 Scope of the document This document describes the process to ensure a formalised, timely and effective means of handling and resolving any complaints raised with regard to: - unauthorised, false or misleading use of the GOTS logo or other claims related to GOTS (certification) - [...] 9. Misuse of the GOTS logo The IWG and/or the Approved Certifiers will pursue all legal remedies for any unauthorised or misleading use of the GOTS logo on product declarations, in advertisements, catalogues or other contexts, including actions such as corrective and/or legal action and/or publication of the transgression so as to safeguard credibility of the GOTS identification. In case of unauthorized or misleading use of the GOTS logo as mentioned above or other violations of their obligat http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/gots-complaint_procedure.pdf page 1 of 3 http://www.global-standard.org/images/stories/GOTS_Licensing_and_Labelling_Guide_1_Mar_2016.pdf; page 10 of 12; Chapter 9


En­vir­on­ment 75%

  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
  • Thresholds for Wastewater Parameters (Basic)
  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to Human Health - Textile
  • Hazardous chemicals - substances of very high concern under REACH
  • Limit Values for Chemical Residues
  • Requirements for the Production of Natural Fibres
  • Chemicals
    Restriction and handling of (hazardous) chemicals
    89/100
    • Chemical Use
      88/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Document use of all chemicals (25 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages performed, the available data and procedures need to include: • person responsible • data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output • target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output • monitoring of waste and discharges • procedures to minimise waste and discharges • procedures to follow in case of waste and pollution incidents • documentation of staff training in the conservation of water and energy, the proper and minimal use of chemicals and their correct disposal • programme for improvement Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. In particular, they must continuously measure and monito

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The same restrictions apply, provided the substances and preparations are not already prohibited or have stricter restrictions criteria according to this Standard. Substances listed in regulation EC 552/2009 (amending regulation EC 1907/2006 (REACH), annex XVII), and the ‘candidate list of substances of very high concern for authorisation’ of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are prohibited.

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        2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides in the finishing process?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Prohibited in general is the use of synthetic inputs for anti-microbial finishing (including biocides), coating, filling and stiffening, lustring and matting as well as weighting.

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        Section 2.4.8

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of formaldehyde?
        Answer: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Prohibited are inputs that contain or generate formaldehyde or other short-chain alde-hydes during designated application

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        2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Inputs containing functional nano-particles (= particles with a size < 100 nm) "Prohibited"

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        2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of flame retardants?
        Answer: Prohibit use of halogenated flame retardants
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 80/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use of halogenated flame retardants (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of halogenated and other flame retardants (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants Prohibited

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        2.3.1 Prohibited and restricted inputs

      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Prohibited are substances, if applied as direct input, and preparations classified with H413: 'May cause long-lasting effects to aquatic life' (respective R53) that are both, ‘bio-accumulative’ and not rapidly degradable

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        2.3.2. Requirements related to hazards and toxicity

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: Prohibit use for all applications
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Prohibited are: - substances which are classified with any of the following hazard statements / risk phrases, if applied as direct input - preparations which are classified with any of the following hazard statements / risk phrases a) in accordance with the codification system of the Global Harmonized System (GHS) as published by the United Nations, annex 3: H400: Very toxic to aquatic life H410: Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects H411: Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects ... and b) in accordance with the codification system of the EU-GHS (Regulation EC 1272/2008): EUH059: Hazardous to the ozone layer

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        2.3.2. Requirements related to hazards and toxicity

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, H371?
        Answer: Prohibit use for all applications
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Prohibited are: - substances which are classified with any of the following hazard statements, if applied as direct input- preparations which are classified with any of the following hazard statements - preparations which contain at least one substance which is classified with any of the following hazard statements in accordance with the codification system of the Global Harmonized System (GHS) as published by the United Nations, annex 3: H300 Fatal if swallowed H310 Fatal in contact with skin H330 Fatal if inhaled H340 May cause genetic defects H341 Suspected of causing genetic defects H350 May cause cancer H351 Suspected of causing cancer H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child H361 Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child H370 Causes damage to organs H371 May cause damage to organs H372 Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure

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        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages

      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Limit values for less or equal than 10 residues are defined (50 points)
        • Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        NP, OP, NPEO, OPEO sum parameter < 20 mg/kg NP, OP Sum parameter < 10 mg/kg AOX < 5 mg/kg Aniline (MAK III category 4) < 20 mg/kg Disperse dyes (classified as allergenic or carcinogenic) < 30 mg/kg Formaldehyde < 16 mg/kg Glyoxal and other short-chain aldehydes) <20 mg/kg Extractable Heavy metals Antimony (Sb) < 0.2 mg/kg Arsenic (As) <0.2 mg/kg Cadmium (Cd) < 0.1 mg/kg Chromium (Cr) < 1.0 mg/kg Cobalt (Co) < 1 .0 mg/kg Copper (Cu) < 25.0 mg/kg Lead (Pb) < 0.2 mg/kg Nickel (Ni) < 1.0 mg/kg Mercury (Hg) < 0.02 mg/kg Selenium (Se) < 0.2 mg/kg GOTS Version 5.0 Final draft – Page 24 of 40 Parameter Criteria Test method Tin (Sn) < 2.0 mg/kg Chromium VI (Cr-VI) < 0.5 mg/kg

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        2.4.15. Limit values for residues in GOTS Goods

    • Handling of Hazardous Substances
      100/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        For all chemical inputs (substances and preparations) a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), prepared according to an applicable recognised norm or directive must be available. The Approved Certifiers are requested, where appropriate and felt necessary, to include further sources of information (such as additional toxicological and environmental data on specific components of the auxiliary agents, test reports, independent lab analysis and traceability checks of ingredients) in the assessment.

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        2.3.3. Assessment of chemical inputs

      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        All chemical inputs intended to be used to process GOTS Goods are subject to approval by a GOTS Approved Certifier prior to their usage.

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        2.3.3. Assessment of chemical inputs

      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge). They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages performed, the available data and procedures need to include: • person responsible • data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output • target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output • monitoring of waste and discharges • procedures to minimise waste and discharges • procedures to follow in case of waste and pollution incidents • documentation of staff training in the conservation of water and energy, the proper and minimal us

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        2.4.10

      • Does the standard include criteria on specific procedures/controls to deal with pollution incidents (to mitigate environmental impacts)?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages performed, the available data and procedures need to include: [...]- procedures to follow in case of waste and pollution incidents [...]

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

  • Water
    Water usage and wastewater treatment
    63/100
    • Water Use
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (50 points)
        • Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge). They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities.

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

    • Wastewater
      74/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater quality over time (25 points)
        • Treat wastewater (75 points)
        • Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in an internal or external functional wastewater treatment plant before discharged to environment. The applicable national and local legal requirements for waste water treatment - including limit values with regard to pH, temperature, TOC, BOD, COD, colour removal, residues of (chemical) pollutants and discharge routes - must be fulfilled. Wastewater discharges to the environment must not exceed 20 g COD/kg of processed textile (output). For scouring greasy wool an exceptional limit of 45 g COD/kg applies. Treatment of wastewater from water retting of bast fibres must achieve a reduction of COD (or TOC) of at least 95% for hemp fibres and 75% for all other bast fibres. Wastewater discharges to surface waters further must have a pH between 6 and 9 (unless the pH of the receiving water is outside this range) and a temperature of less than 35C°.

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        2.4.11. Wastewater treatment

      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater volumes over time (25 points)
        • Limit wastewater volumes (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages performed, the available data and procedures need to include: [...]- data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output - target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output - monitoring of waste and discharges - procedures to minimise waste and discharges [...]

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • Does the standard include threshold values on basic wastewater parameters?
        Answer: For different production steps
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Only for one production step (50 points)
        • For different production steps (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Wastewater discharges to the environment must not exceed 20 g COD/kg of processed textile (output). For scouring greasy wool an exceptional limit of 45 g COD/kg applies.Treatment of wastewater from water retting of bast fibres must achieve a reduction of COD (or TOC) of at least 95% for hemp fibres and 75% for all other bast fibres.Wastewater discharges to surface waters further must have a pH between 6 and 9 (unless the pH of the receiving water is outside this range) and a temperature of less than 35C° (unless the temperature of the receiving water is above this value).Wastewater analyses must be performed and documented periodically at normal operating capacity.

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        2.4.11. Wastewater treatment

      • Does the standard include threshold values on advanced wastewater parameters?
        Answer: Not all of these parameters are covered
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 85/100
        Possible answers
        • Not all of these parameters are covered (85 points)
        • All of these parameters are covered (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The applicable national and local legal requirements for waste water treatment - including limit values with regard to pH, temperature, TOC, BOD, COD, colour removal, residues of (chemical) pollutants and discharge routes - must be fulfilled.

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        2.4.11. Wastewater treatment

  • Inputs
    Requirements on the materials used in the final product
    83/100
    • Fibres
      83/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 80/100
        Possible answers
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues (40 points)
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND production follows IPM (50 points)
        • Less than 50% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (60 points)
        • 51% - 90% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (80 points)
        • More than 90% of fibres is organic (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.2.1. Products sold, labelled or represented as ''organic'' or ''organic – in conversion''No less than 95% of the fibre content of the products - excluding accessories - must be of certified organic origin or from 'in conver-sion' period''''2.2.2. Products sold, labelled or represented as ''made with x % organic materials'' or ''made with x % organic – in conversion materials''No less than 70% of the fibre content of the products - excluding accessories - must be of certified organic origin or from 'in conver-sion' period'''

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        2.2.1. Products sold, labelled or represented as 'organic' or 'organic – in conversion'

      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of synthetic fibers?
        Answer: Specific criteria depending on different types of synthetic fibers
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • General criteria (25 points)
        • Specific criteria depending on different types of synthetic fibers (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        '''- recycled synthetic (polymer) fibres from pre- or post-consumer • only polyester, polyamide, polypropylene and polyurethane (elastane)- regenerated fibres (from non-organic raw materials):• raw materials used must be non-GMO; the use is limited to a maximum of 10% resp. 25% for socks, leggings and sportswear- virgin synthetic (polymer) • only polyamide, polypropylene and polyurethane (elastane); the use is limited to a maximum of 10% resp. 25% for socks, leggings and sportswear'''

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        2.4.9. Requirements for additional fibre materials and accessories

      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: Use of recycled material in product
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Use of recycled material in packaging (10 points)
        • Use of recycled material in product (90 points)
        • Use of recycled material in packaging and product (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        '(1) ''Packaging material must not contain chlorinated plastics (e.g. PVC). Any paper or cardboard used in packaging material for the re-tail trade of GOTS Goods (incl. labelling items such as hang tags or swing tags) must be recycled from pre- or post-consumer waste''(2) ''- recycled synthetic (polymer) fibres from pre- or post-consumer • only polyester, polyamide, polypropylene and polyurethane (elastane)'''

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        2.4.12. Storage, packaging and transport 2.4.9.2 Requirements for additional fibre materials and accessories

  • Quality
    Usability und durability of products
    100/100
    • Quality and Suitability
      100/100
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Less than four aspects are tested (75 points)
        • All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Any final product labelled according to this Standard should comply with the following technical quality parameters. Information about any (potential) non-compliance(s) must be indicated by the licensee of the final product in the product declaration.

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        2.4.14. Technical quality parameters

  • Energy
    Energy consumption and renewable energy
    90/100
    • Energy Consumption
      90/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Monitor energy consumption over time
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 90/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor energy consumption over time (50 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption OR increase use of renewables (90 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption AND increase use of renewables (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages performed, the available data and procedures need to include: [...]- data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output - target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output [...]-documentation of staff training in the conservation of water and energy, the proper and minimal use of chemicals and their correct disposal - programme for improvement [...]

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

  • Waste & Air Pollution
    Reduction and management of waste and air pollutants
    13/100
    • Waste Production
      40/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: Reduce volumes of waste
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of waste over time (50 points)
        • Reduce volumes of waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the "disposal of sludge". In particular, they must continuously measure and monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities. No on-site waste burning or uncontrolled waste land-filling should be undertaken.

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

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      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Document toxic waste (25 points)
        • Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (100 points)
    • Waste Management
      3/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge). They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities.

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

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      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste burning (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste burning (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste landfilling (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste landfilling (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: Keep records on third party contractors
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 25/100
        Possible answers
        • Keep records on third party contractors (25 points)
        • Evaluate third party contractors (in terms of suitability and disposal/treatment methods) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The Certified Entity must have concluded a contract with each subcontractor stipulating the conditions of the relevant job work assigned and remains finally responsible for compliance with all criteria of this Standard.

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        2.4.13. Record keeping & internal quality assurance

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor emissions over time (50 points)
        • Reduce emissions (through end-of-pipe technology) (90 points)
        • Increase emission efficiency (reduce emissions at source) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge). They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages performed, the available data and procedures need to include: • person responsible • data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output • target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output • monitoring of waste and discharges • procedures to minimise waste and discharges • procedures to follow in case of waste and pollution incidents • documentation of staff training in the conservation of water and energy, the proper and minimal use of chemicals and their correct disposal • programme for improvement

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • For which production phase does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • For some production steps (50 points)
        • For all production steps (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

  • Environmental Management
    Sound environmental management practices
    30/100
    • Environmental Management
      30/100
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge). They must have a written environmental policy and procedures in place to allow monitoring and improving relevant environmental performances in their facilities.

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        'All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge).'

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        'GOTS Version 4.0 – Page 18 of 392.4.10. Environmental management'

      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge).

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        2.4.10. Environmental management

      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Maintain stakeholder lists (25 points)
        • Inform appropriate stakeholders on environmental targets (50 points)
        • Consult appropriate stakeholders to achieve environmental targets (100 points)

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 66%

  • Prohibition and Abolition of Forced Labour
  • Prohibition of Child Labour (Minimum Age/ILO 138)
  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Prohibition of Worst Forms of Child Labour
  • Equal Remuneration (manufacturing stage)
  • Non-Discrimination (manufacturing stage)
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Workers' Rights and Benefits of Sub-Contractors
  • Labour Contracts
  • Working Hours (manufacturing stage)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    Workers’ rights and working conditions
    87/100
    • Basic Labour Rights
      89/100
      • Child Labour
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          • There must be no new recruitment of child labour. • Companies must develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child. • Children and young persons under 18 must not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions. • These policies and procedures including the interpretation of the terms 'child' and 'child labour' must conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO conventions C138 and C182.

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          3.4. Child labour must not be used

        • Does the standard cover requirements on the prevention of worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There must be no new recruitment of child labour. • Companies must develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child. • Children and young persons under 18 must not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions. • These policies and procedures including the interpretation of the terms 'child' and 'child labour' must conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO conventions C138 and C182.

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          3.4. Child labour must not be used

        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Companies must develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child.

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          3.4. Child labour must not be used

        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          maintaining records of the name, age, working hours and the wages paid for each worker

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          3.11. Social Compliance Management

        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.4. Child labour must not be used Children and young persons under 18 must not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.

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          3.4. Child labour must not be used

      • Wages and Benefits
        52/100
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.

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          p.18, 3.6

        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages and social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.

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          Section 3.6. of GOTS Version 4.0

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Working hours must comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection. • In any event, workers must not be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week on a regular basis, must have the right to have rest breaks in every working day and must be provided with at least one day off for every 7-day period on average. Overtime must be voluntary, must not exceed 12 hours per week, must not be demanded on a regular basis, must not represent a significantly higher likelihood of occupational hazards and must always be compensated at a premium rate of not less than one and onequarter times the regular rate or with leisure time.

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          3.7. Fair remuneration

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual) (50 points)
          • two out of three (75 points)
          • all (100 points)
        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: yes, some
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 70/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (70 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          All workers must be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions compliant with national legal requirements and including wages and social benefits legally granted before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.

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          3.7. Fair remuneration

      • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
        99/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.

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          3.3. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.3. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.

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          3.3. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: allow
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 90/100
          Possible answers
          • allow (90 points)
          • promote (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facilitates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining and allows their workers to freely elect their own representatives with whom the company can enter into dialogue about related issues.

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          3.3. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • define policy and procedure (50 points)
          • +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances (75 points)
          • +no retribution (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Companies must have a policy for social accountability to ensure that the social criteria can be met. They must support the implementation and monitoring of the social criteria by: • nominating a person responsible for social accountability • monitoring compliance with the social criteria and implementing necessary improvements at its facilities • informing its workers about the content of the minimum social criteria and any other related information provided by GOTS in the applicable local language(s) • maintaining records of the name, age, working hours and the wages paid for each worker • allowing the workers to nominate a representative for social accountability that is able to provide feedback to the management regarding implementation status of and compliance with social criteria • recording and investigating complaints from workers or third parties related to the adherence to the social criteria and maintaining records about any necessary corrective measures arising from them • refraining from disciplinary measures, dismissals or other forms of discrimination against workers for providing information concerning observance of the social criteria

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          3.11. Social Compliance Management

      • Answer:
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Voluntary Labour
        80/100
        • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and 105?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no servitude, forced, bonded or indentured labour. • Workers are not required to lodge 'deposits' or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice

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          3.2. Employment is freely chosen

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          • There is no servitude, forced, bonded or indentured labour. • Workers are not required to lodge 'deposits' or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.

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          3.2. Employment is freely chosen

      • Gender
        70/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on having policies and/ or processes in place that prevent discrimination of women and men in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no kind of discrimination e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

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          3.5. No discrimination is practised

        • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no kind of discrimination e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, social background or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination. In particular, workers shall not be harassed or disciplined on any of the grounds listed above

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          3.5. No discrimination is practised

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance (50 points)
          • full compliance (90 points)
          • beyond 183 (100 points)
      • Non-Discrimination
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no kind of discrimination e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, social background or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination. In particular, workers shall not be harassed or disciplined on any of the grounds listed above.

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          3.5. No discrimination is practised

        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no kind of discrimination e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

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          3.5. No discrimination is practised

      • Working Hours
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, as defined in ILO Convention 1?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          In any event, workers must not be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week on a regular basis, must have the right to have rest breaks in every working day and must be provided with at least one day off for every 7-day period on average. Overtime must be voluntary, must not exceed 12 hours per week, must not be demanded on a regular basis, must not represent a significantly higher likelihood of occupational hazards and must always be compensated at a premium rate of not less than one and one quarter times the regular rate or with leisure time

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          3.8. Working hours are not excessive

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        100/100
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship must not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, subcontracting, or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor must any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.

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          3.9. No precarious employment is provided

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is no kind of discrimination e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, social background or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination. In particular, workers shall not be harassed or disciplined on any of the grounds listed above.

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          3.5. No discrimination is practised

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.7 All workers must be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions compliant with national legal requirements and including wages and social benefits legally granted before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid. 3.9 To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.

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          3.7. Fair remuneration 3.9. No precarious employment is provided

      • Labour Rights Management
        100/100
        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Companies must have a policy for social accountability to ensure that the social criteria can be met. They must support the implementation and monitoring of the social criteria by: • nominating a person responsible for social accountability • monitoring compliance with the social criteria and implementing necessary improvements at its facilities • informing its workers about the content of the minimum social criteria and any other related information provided by GOTS in the applicable local language(s) • maintaining records of the name, age, working hours and the wages paid for each worker • allowing the workers to nominate a representative for social accountability that is able to provide feedback to the management regarding implementation status of and compliance with social criteria • recording and investigating complaints from workers or third parties related to the adherence to the social criteria and maintaining records about any necessary corrective measures arising from them

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          3.11. Social Compliance Management

    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      81/100
      • Workers Health
        80/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: full compliance with ILO 155
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance with ILO 155 (70 points)
          • full compliance with ILO 155 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          A safe and hygienic working environment must be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Vulnerable individuals such as - but not limited to - young workers, new and expecting mothers and persons with disabilities, shall receive special protection. Appropriate personal protective equipment must be provided to the workers and it must be assured that these are being used whenever necessary. Adequate steps must be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising from, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment. Companies must ensure adequate occupational medical assistance and related facilities.

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          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (50 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)
        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Access to Medical Services
        80/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: work-related accidents plus preventative care
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • only treatment of acute work-related accidents / illness (70 points)
          • work-related accidents plus preventative care (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic Companies must ensure adequate occupational medical assistance and related facilities.

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          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic

        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial coverage of costs (50 points)
          • full coverage of costs (90 points)
          • compensation (100 points)
      • Sanitation
        100/100
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, to rest areas, food consuming areas and sanitary facilitiesfor food storage must be provided.

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          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, to rest areas, food consuming areas and sanitary facilities for food storage must be provided. Accommodation, where provided, must be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.

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          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic

      • Building and Fire Safety
        70/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training incl. fire prevention training and evacuation drills, and such training must be repeated for new or reassigned workers.

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          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

          Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training incl. fire prevention training and evacuation drills, and such training must be repeated for new or reassigned workers.

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          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic

      • Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse (manufacturing stage)
        100/100
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

          Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation must be prohibited. All disciplinary measures must be recorded.

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          3.10. Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    Legality and ethics in business practice
    10/100
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      0/100
      • Economic Sustainability
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

          Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training.

          Referenzdokumente:

          p.17, 3.4

        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

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        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

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      • Legality
        0/100
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

          All companies must assure compliance with the applicable national and local legal environmental requirements applicable to their processing/manufacturing stages performed (including those referring to emissions to air, wastewater discharge as well as disposal of waste and sludge). // To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through nationallaw and practice

          Referenzdokumente:

          chapter 2.4.10, 3.9

        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

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        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
    • Corruption and Bribery
      50/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately