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The standard reflects the IVN guidelines for natural textiles since 2000. It maps and verifies the entire textile production chain, in ecological and socially responsible terms. Focus is the mandatory use of 100% natural organic fibers.
Scheme owner is the International Association of the Natural Textile Industry (IVN). The association represents stakeholders from the whole natural textiles economy - from fiber manufacturers to retailers. IVN is co-owner of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) gGmbH, which also awards an organic textile standard.
Only products with their entire production having been certified in each individual factory involved are allowed to be labelled with the IVN BEST logo. Our evaluation is based on version 6.1 of NATURTEXTIL IVN certified BEST and is currently being revised.
Information about scheme documents

Below is a list of documents and policies that were used in the collection of the scheme data:

NATURTEXIL IVN certified BEST (IVN BEST) Version 6.1 IVN Statues (Edition May 2005) IVN FUNDING: ADMISSION FEE, DUES, APPORTIONMENTS (valid since July 2014) IVN Daten & Fakten documents mentioned in 1.5 reference documents Manual for the Implementation of the IVN BEST Standard: Licensing and Labelling Guide: Policy and Template for issuing Certificates of Compliance (Scope Certificates, SCs): Policy and Template for issuing Transaction Certificates (TCs): Relevant GOTS documents Complaint procedure for issues related to the implementation of the GOTS quality assurance and labelling system Approval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies Version 2.0 Issue of 25 May 2017 POLICY FOR ISSUANCE OF SCOPE CERTIFICATES VERSION 3.0 Issued 6 October 2021 POLICY FOR ISSUANCE OF TRANSACTION CERTIFICATES VERSION 3.0 6 October 2021 Relevant IOAS documents General Operating Manual for Provision of Accreditation and Assessment Services Updated Dec 18, 2020

Cred­i­bil­i­ty 71%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Standard Review
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Sources of Finance
  • Standard-Setting Process
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Sustainability Goals and Objectives of the Scheme
  • Key Issues
  • Stakeholder Feedback
  • Consistent Interpretation
  • Scheme Accessibility
  • Assurance Provider Complaints and Appeals Mechanism
  • Assessment Reports Availability
  • Scope and Duration of Certificate / License
  • Certified or Verified Enterprise / Labelled Product List
  • Accredited/ Approved Assurance Providers
  • Independent Conformity Assessment
  • Consistent Decision-Making on Conformity
  • Procedure on Non-Conformities
  • Claims and Labelling Policy
  • Scheme Management
    8/17
    • Governance
      8/12
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure publicly available, including composition of governance bodies?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (0 points)
        • Yes publicly (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
      • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Is there a mechanism for stakeholders to participate in scheme development and decision-making?
        Answer: Yes available publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes available publicly (2 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
      • 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: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
    • Impact
      0/3
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Not applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Complaints Mechanism
      0/1
      • Does the scheme owner have a publicly available and easily accessible complaints mechanism?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Supporting Strategies
      0/1
      • Does the scheme implement strategies or activities to support improved performance of participating enterprises, e.g. capacity building, access to finance?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not Applicable (0 points)
  • Standard-Setting
    10/13
    • Is the standard made publicly available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (0 points)
      • Yes publicly (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector where the scheme operates or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Is the standard-setting procedure or a summary of the process for how stakeholders can engage in standard-setting made publicly available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (0 points)
      • Yes publicly (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
    • Can stakeholders participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Members only
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Members only (1 point)
      • Invitation only (1 point)
      • All stakeholders (2 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability through the development and revision processes?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • 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: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 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: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Assurance
    43/58
    • Assurance System
      16/20
      • Is there a publicly available documented assessment methodology for assurance providers to assess conformity with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (0 points)
        • Yes publicly available (1 point)
      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner provide information on assessment fees or require this of assurance providers?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require assurance providers to have an easily accessible complaints and appeals mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make, or require assurance providers to make a summary of certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (2 points)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance and duration for which it is valid?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require assurance providers 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: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain a current and publicly available list of all accredit-ed/approved/suspended assurance providers?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (0 points)
        • Yes (publicly) (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner review the effectiveness of their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: Ad hoc
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Annual (1 point)
        • Every 3 years (1 point)
        • Every 5 years (1 point)
        • Ad hoc (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme require performance improvements over time to maintain certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for assurance providers that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require assurance providers to report to them on complaints received and, on the actions, taken to resolve the issue?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain an information management system?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Has the scheme specified equivalence requirements for any other scheme assurance results it recognises?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      15/17
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        4/4
        • Does the scheme require a third-party conformity assessment of all clients for compliance with its standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (2 points)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner define requirements for decision-making to ensure that assurance providers use consistent procedures for determining the conformity of clients or laboratory testing results with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require assurance providers 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: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (1 point)
      • Sustainability Audits
        7/9
        • Does the scheme owner have a documented oversight approach that requires assurance providers to be accredited or compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17025 (for laboratories) requirements, or alternatively to be compliant with the relevant ISEAL Assurance Code requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require that clients are audited on a regular, recurring basis?
          Answer: 1 year or less
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (1 point)
          • 1-2 years (1 point)
          • 2-3 years (1 point)
          • 4-5 years (1 point)
          • 5 years or more (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is the frequency or intensity of an audit or oversight assessment based on a risk assessment of the client or assurance provider?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner specify the required intensity for each type of audit and the activities that must be carried out by assurance providers for each of its standards?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner allow or require assurance providers to do unannounced audits?
          Answer: Allowed
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are auditors and assessors required to seek external stakeholder input during the audit and oversight assessment process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require assurance providers to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require that assurance providers and oversight bodies use competent and impartial personnel (other than auditor/assessor/ team) to make decisions on compliance?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        0/0
        • Is the group required to have a shared management system with clear responsibilities for implementation of the system?
          Answer: Not applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner have a mechanism that prescribes and justifies how all sites within a group certification will be audited over time?
          Answer: Not applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a sample size formula and sampling approach to determine the number of group members that is externally verified and how the sample is chosen?
          Answer: Not applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • 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 (1 point)
          • Member removed from a group (1 point)
          • Group suspension (1 point)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        1/1
        • 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: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Laboratory Testing
        3/3
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Yes (on request)
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (1 point)
          • Yes publicly (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the conformity monitoring?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-conforming products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Assessor/ Auditor Competencies
      4/8
      • Does the scheme owner define the qualifications, competency, the required minimum industry audit experience and training requirements for assurance / oversight assessors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not Applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner define the qualifications, competency, the required minimum industry audit experience and training requirements for assurance / oversight assessors?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require that assurance provider auditors successfully complete auditor training on a standard that is relevant to the scheme and that is based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that assurance and oversight providers implement a programme to monitor and ensure the continued competence and good performance of assessors and auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner carry out or require assurance providers to carry out calibration activities to ensure that assessors /auditors are aligned?
        Answer: Ad Hoc
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Annually (2 points)
        • Ad Hoc (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that assurance providers have a Code of Conduct, or equivalent, and supporting procedures to guide behaviour and actions of assurance providers' personnel and to address misconduct
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner assess potential risks to auditor / assessor impartiality and where warranted, do they require assurance providers and oversight bodies to implement practices to mitigate these risks?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      8/13
      • Does the scheme require an oversight mechanism and is it documented?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not Applicable (0 points)
      • Is oversight conducted by a third party independent of the scheme owner and assurance providers?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme define the nature and intensity of oversight activities on assurance providers?
        Answer: 4-5 years
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (2 points)
        • 1 year (2 points)
        • 2-3 years (2 points)
        • 4-5 years (1 point)
        • >5 years (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
        • None (0 points)
      • Does the intensity of oversight activities take account of risk factors associated with the assurance providers and their personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner clearly define the application and selection process for assurance providers?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner assess scheme-specific competence when accepting assurance providers that are accredited to other relevant standards (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have or require oversight providers to have documented and accessible complaints and appeals mechanisms?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner define or request that oversight providers define how assurance providers have to address non-conformities raised through oversight?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that summaries of oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) are made publicly available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that on-site assessments of assurance providers are included in the oversight cycle?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that oversight includes reviews of assurance provider performance in the field?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    9/10
    • Traceability
      5/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements that apply to the full supply chain?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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 (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require assurance providers 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      4/5
      • Does the scheme owner have documented requirements for the use of its symbols, logos and/or claims related to its scheme and make them publicly available?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not Applicable (0 points)
      • 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 (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims and do they also require this of their assurance providers?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

En­vi­ron­ment 83%

  • Hazardous Chemicals - Substances of very high concern under REACH
  • Chemicals Harmful to Human Health
  • Biodegredability of Substances
  • Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
  • Chemical Residues
  • Wastewater Parameters
  • Use of Natural Fibres
  • Use of Synthetic Fibres
  • Chemicals
    23/24
    • Chemical Use
      19/20
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: Basic: Document use of all chemicals
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Document use of all chemicals (1 point)
        • Advanced: Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (2 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 rele-vant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (...) - 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 monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities. 2.4.13. Record keeping & internal quality assurance All operational procedures and practices must be documented by effective control systems and records that en-able tracing and verification of: • the origin, nature and quantities of organic and other (raw) materials, accessories as well as inputs which have been delivered to the unit • the flow of goods within the unit (processing/manufacturing steps performed, recipes used and stock quantities) • the composition of manufactured products • the nature, quantities and consignees of BEST Goods which have left the unit • any other information that may be required for the purposes of proper inspection of the operation re-cords relevant to the inspection.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations.
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: SVHC of Candidate List is prohibited but specific derogations/deviations/exceptions for a defined use OR lists prohibited/restricted substances based risk on an assessment (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations. (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Substances and preparations having restrictions in usage for application in textiles with a recognised internationally or nationally legal character The same restrictions apply, provide 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. 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method

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      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Risk assessment OR selection of substances for MRSL considers H statements. (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3.2. Requirements related to hazards and toxicity Substance group Criteria Inputs that are assigned to specific risk phrases (hazard statements) related to health hazards Prohibited are: • substances which are classified with any of the following hazard state-ments, if applied as direct input • preparations which are classified with any of the following hazard statements /risk phrases • preparations which contain at least one substance which is classified with any of the following hazard statements (According to Global Harmoni-zation Standards (GHS), published by the United Nations, Appendix 3): H300 Very toxic if swallowed H310 Very toxic in contact with skin H330 Very toxic by inhalation H340 May cause heritable genetic damage H341 May likely cause heritable genetic damage H350 May cause cancer H351 May likely cause cancer H360 May impair fertility; may cause harm to the unborn child H361 May likely impair fertility; may cause harm to the unborn child H370 Damage to organs H371 May cause damage to organs H372 Danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure For inputs assessed according to the Global Harmonized System (GHS) the equivalent hazard statements apply (annex 3 of GHS). For inputs assessed according to the 'risk phrase' classification (Directive 67/548EEC, amended and appealed by Regulation EC 1272/2008) the equivalent risk phrases apply. 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit the use of biocides in the textile finishing processes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict the use of biocides in the textile finishing processes (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit the use of biocides in the textile finishing processes (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.8. Finishing Parameter Criteria Selection of finishing methods and auxiliaries Allowed are mechanical, thermal and other physical finishing methods. (...) Prohibited in general is the use of synthetic inputs for anti-microbial finishing (in-cluding biocides), coating, filling and stiffening, lustring and matting as well as weighting. 2.4.12. Storage, packaging and transport (...) In as much as pesticides/biocides are required by national law for warehouses or transport containers, they must comply with the applicable international or national standard for organic farming.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of formaldehyde?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. It is not to be seen as a comprehensive and inclusive list of all chemical inputs that are prohibited or restricted under IVN BEST. Prohibition or restriction of substance groups or individual substances that are not explicitly listed in this chapter may further result from chapter 2.3.2 ‘Requirements related to hazards and toxic-ity’ or from other criteria of this standard. Substance group - Criteria Formaldehyde and other short-chain aldehydes Prohibited are inputs that contain or generate formaldehyde or other short-chain aldehydes during designated application. 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method Formaldehyde < 16 mg/kg Japanese Law 112 oder DIN EN ISO 14184-1

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit the use of nanomaterials
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict the use of nanomaterials (0 points)
        • Advanced: Prohibit the use of nanomaterials (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Inputs containing functional nano-particles (= particles with a size < 100 nm) - Prohibited

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of flame retardants?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants - Prohibited

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      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3.2. Requirements related to hazards and toxicity Substance group - Criteria Inputs which are bio-accumulative and not rapidly degradable Prohibited are substances, if applied as direct input, and preparations clas-sified with H413: 'May cause long-lasting effects to aquatic life' (respective R53) that are both, ‘bio-accumulative’1) and not rapidly degradable²), ³) 1) A substance or preparation is considered as (potentially) bio-accumulative, if BCF (= bio-concentration factor) ≥ 500 or, if absent, log Kow (= logarithm of the n-octanol-water partition coefficient) ≥ 4 2) Testing requirement: >70% OECD 301A [28d] or equivalent testing method according to footnote 4 of the table below, except test methods related to eliminability (OECD 302). In those cases where only BOD and COD data are available the input is considered 'rapidly degradable' when the ratio of BOD5/COD is ≥ 0,5. 3) This criterion is not applicable to preparations whose very low solubility in water prevents their bioaccumulation (e.g. pigment preparations). All preparations applied must further comply with the following requirements: Parameter Criteria Relation of biodegradability / eliminability 4) to aquatic toxicity 3) Only allowed, if: < 70% and > 100 mg/l > 70% and > 10 mg/l > 95% and > 1 mg/l 3) Accepted testing methods [duration]: Performing new fish and daphnia tests to determine unknown LC50 / EC50 values in the course of the GOTS assessment procedure for inputs is prohibited. Instead alternative methods to OECD 203 [96hr] and EC50 daphnia, OECD 202 [48hr] (e.g. Acute Toxicity Estimates (ATE), validated structure-activity relationships, conclusion on analogy from similar products, calculation from available data of substances contained, fish egg test (embryo toxicity test (FET)), in vitro test) must be used to determine unknown values; IC50 algae, OECD 201 [72hr] 4) Accepted testing methods: OECD 301 A, OECD 301, E, ISO 7827, OECD 302 A, ISO 9887, OECD 302 B, ISO 9888 or OECD 303A; alternatively to meet the 70% level a preparation tested with one of the methods OECD 303A or ISO 11733 a percentage degradation of at least 80% must be shown - or if tested with one of the methods OECD 301 B, ISO 9439, OECD 301 C, OECD 302 C, OECD 301 D, ISO 10707, OECD 301 F, ISO 9408, ISO 10708 or ISO 14593 a per-centage degradation of at least 60% must be shown. To meet the 95% level, if tested with any of the mentioned methods a percentage degradation of 95% must be shown. Testing duration with each method is 28 days.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use of H statements except for the substance groups listed in the guidance
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Include requirements for an ecological risk assessment of the substances in use OR the selection of substances for MRSL considers H statements (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use of H statements except for the substance groups listed in the guidance (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3.2. Requirements related to hazards and toxicity Substance group - Criteria Inputs which are classified with specific haz-ard statements / risk phrases related to en-vironmental hazards Prohibited are: • substances which are classified with any of the following hazard state-ments / risk phrases, if applied as direct input • preparations which are classified with any of the following hazard statements/risk phrases a) according to the Global Harmonized System (GHS) the equivalent hazard statements apply (annex 3 of GHS): H400: Very toxic to aquatic organisms H410: Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects H411: Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects For inputs assessed according to GHS, where the implementation system does not provide for the codified H-statements, the corresponding hazard classes and categories of GHS, annex 3 apply. For inputs assessed according to the 'risk phrase' classification (Directive 67/548EEC amended and ap-pealed by Regulation EC 1272/2008) the equivalent risk phrases apply. and b) in accordance with the codification system of the EU-GHS (Regulation EC 1272/2008): EUH059: Hazardous to the ozone layer and c) in accordance with the 'risk phrase' classification: R54: Toxic to flora R55: Toxic to fauna R56: Toxic to soil organisms R58: May cause long-term adverse effects in the environment 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method

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      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: (...) 2.4.16. Limit values for residues in additional material and accessories Additional materials and accessories (in accordance with the criteria of chapter 2.4.9.) used for BEST Goods need to comply with the following limit values for residues: Parameter Criteria Testing method (...)

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      • Does the scheme include criteria on hazardous chemicals, as referenced by (1) Stockholm convention, (2) WHO class 1A and B, (3) Rotterdam convention or on similar sector specific lists?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Substances and preparations that are prohibited for application in textiles with a recognised internationally or a nationally valid legal character Prohibited 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method Glyoxal and other short-chain aldehydes (mono- and dialdehydes up to C6) < 20 mg/kg Extraction according to DIN EN ISO 14184-1, derivatisation and assignment: DIN EN ISO 17226-1 (HPLC)

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      • Does the scheme include criteria on the use of materials containing dyes or pigments based on lead, copper, chromium, nickel, cadmium, cobalt and aluminium in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Plasticizers Prohibited are: PHA, phthalates, Bisphenol A and all other plasticizers with endocrine disrupting potential Inputs with halogen containing compounds Prohibited are inputs that contain > 1% permanent AOX. Exceptions valid for pigments are set in chapter 2.4.7. 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method Chlorophenols (PCP, TeCP) < 0,01 mg/kg PCP< 0,01 mg/kg TeCP< 0,01 mg/kg TrCP< 0,2 mg/kg DCP< 0,5 mg/kg MCP< 0,5 mg/kg TCP Unwanted, under observation LFGB 82-02-08 (GC/MS) o-Phenylphenol (OPP) < 1,0 mg/kg Extraction in solvent GC/MS

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      • Does the standard include criteria on azo dyes that may cleave aromatic amines which are harmful to human health in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Inputs (e.g. azo dyes and pigments) releasing carcinogenic arylamine compounds (MAK III, category 1,2,3,4) - Prohibited 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method Disperse dyes (classified as allergenic or carcinogenic) < 30 mg/kg DIN 54231 (LC/MS) according to § 64 LFGB 82.02-10

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of chlorine gas, elemental chlorine, chloroorganic compounds as bleaching agent?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.5. Pre-treatment and other wet processing stages Treatment / process - Criteria Bleaches - Only on basis of oxygen (peroxides, ozone, etc.).

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      • Does the scheme include criteria on the use of mercury, cadmium, lead, chromiumVI and the ban on the manufacture, the use and treatment of mercury pursuant to the Minamata Convention?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Heavy metals - Additives must be free of heavy metals (see definition in appendix). Impu-rities occuring in production phases and deployed substances may not exceed the limits listed in appendix B. 2.4.15. Limit values for residues in BEST Goods Even if produced in compliance with this standard textiles may carry traces of residues (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). The following table lists the corresponding limit values for BEST Goods: Parameter Threshold Testing method Heavy metals (eluate) mg/kg refer to the textile Antimone (Sb) < 0,2 mg/kg Arsenic (As) < 0,2 mg/kg Lead (Pb) < 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 mg/kg Nickel (Ni) < 1,0 mg/kg Mercury (Hg) < 0,02 mg/kg Selenium (Se) < 0,2 mg/kg Tin (Sn) < 2,0 mg/kg Elution corresponds to DIN EN ISO 105-E04, DIN EN ISO 17294-2 ( ICP-MS) Chromium VI (Cr-VI) < 0,5 mg/kg Elution, DIN EN ISO 105-E04, ISO 11083 page 31 Term Determined definition for IVN BEST Heavy metal free An input is considered as 'heavy metal free' if it does not contain heavy metals as a functional constituent and any impurities contained do not exceed the following limit values as set by ETAD: Antimony: 50ppm, Arsenic: 50ppm, Barium: 100ppm, Cadmium: 20ppm, Cobalt: 500ppm, Copper: 250ppm, Chromium: 100ppm, Iron: 2500ppm, Lead: 100 ppm, Manganese: 1000ppm, Nickel: 200ppm, Mercury: 4ppm, Selenium: 20ppm, Silver: 100ppm, Zinc: 1500ppm, Tin: 250ppm.

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    • Handling of Chemicals
      4/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3.3. Assessment basis for chemical inputs All chemical inputs intended to be used to process BEST Goods are subject to approval by a BEST Approved Certi-fier prior to their usage. Preparations must have been evaluated and their trade names have to be registered on approved lists prior to their usage by a BEST Approved Certifier who is authorised by the IVN for the specific accreditation scope (ap-proval of textile auxiliary agents (chemical inputs) on positive lists). Approval must be applied by the applicable chemical producer or supplier of the preparations who receive con-formity documents (letters of approval) issued by the authorised certifiers and containing the trade names of applied preparations that have been found to be compliant with the criteria of this 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 infor-mation (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 with the following exception for IVN BEST. It is the intent to develop of separate conformity documents (positive lists) for IVN BEST. Certified Entities must have copies of valid Letters of Approval on hand listing all preparations used in processing and manufacturing BEST Goods as verification proof that all colourants and textile auxiliaries used for BEST Goods are actually approved. 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 rele-vant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: - 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 monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. It is not to be seen as a comprehensive and inclusive list of all chemical inputs that are prohibited or restricted under IVN BEST. Prohibition or restriction of substance groups or individual substances that are not explicitly listed in this chapter may further result from chapter 2.3.2 ‘Requirements related to hazards and toxic-ity’ or from other criteria of this standard. Substances and preparations that are prohibited for application in textiles with a recognised internationally or a nationally valid legal character Prohibited Substances and preparations having restrictions in usage for application in textiles with a recognised internationally or nationally legal character The same restrictions apply, provide 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. 2.3.3. Assessment basis for chemical inputs All chemical inputs intended to be used to process BEST Goods are subject to approval by a BEST Approved Certi-fier prior to their usage. Preparations must have been evaluated and their trade names have to be registered on approved lists prior to their usage by a BEST Approved Certifier who is authorised by the IVN for the specific accreditation scope (ap-proval of textile auxiliary agents (chemical inputs) on positive lists). Approval must be applied by the applicable chemical producer or supplier of the preparations who receive con-formity documents (letters of approval) issued by the authorised certifiers and containing the trade names of applied preparations that have been found to be compliant with the criteria of this 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 infor-mation (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 with the following exception for IVN BEST. It is the intent to develop of separate conformity documents (positive lists) for IVN BEST. Certified Entities must have copies of valid Letters of Approval on hand listing all preparations used in processing and manufacturing BEST Goods as verification proof that all colourants and textile auxiliaries used for BEST Goods are actually approved.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        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 rele-vant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (...) - 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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      • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (…) - procedures to follow in case of waste and pollution incidents

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  • Water
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    • Water Use
      2/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, 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 (...) 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.

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    • Wastewater
      4/5
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: Advanced: Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Treat wastewater (1 point)
        • Advanced: Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.11. Wastewater treatment Wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in an internal or external functional wastewater treat-ment 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, resi-dues 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° (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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      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, 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

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      • Does the standard include threshold values on basic wastewater parameters?
        Answer: Basic: The scheme refers to national legislation.
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: The scheme refers to national legislation. (1 point)
        • Advanced: The schemes requires threshold values on basic wastewater parametersfor different production steps. (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.11. Wastewater treatment Wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in an internal or external functional wastewater treat-ment 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, resi-dues 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° (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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      • Does the standard include threshold values on advanced wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers

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  • Inputs
    6/7
    • Fibres
      6/7
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: Advanced: At least 51% of fibres is organic or organic in conversion (non-organic natural fibres have to be tested for agrochemical residues).
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Fibres are randomly tested for agrochemical residues AND hazardous pesticides as described in the guidance are prohibited. (1 point)
        • Advanced: At least 51% of fibres is organic or organic in conversion (non-organic natural fibres have to be tested for agrochemical residues). (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.1. Requirements for organic fibre production Allowed are certified organic natural fibres (kbA/kbT) produced im compliance with EC Organic Regulation EC 834/2007, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), or another (different) Standard of the 'IFOAM Family of Standards' certified for the relevant scope of production (crop production or animal husbandry). The certification body must have a valid and recognised accreditation for the standard it certifies. Recognised accreditations are ISO 17065 accreditation, NOP accreditation, IFOAM accreditation and IFOAM Global Organic System accreditation. 2.2. Requirements for material composition 2.2.1. Products sold, labelled or represented as “NATURTEXTIL IVN certified BEST” 100 % of the fibre content of the products - excluding accessories (definition see annex) - must be of certified organic origin. (...)

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      • Does the standard include specific criteria for different types of synthetic fibres (including man-made cellulose fibres)?
        Answer: Advanced: Standard formulates specific criteria for sustainable production of synthetic fibres OR addresses sustainable sourcing of synthetic fibres.
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Not applicable (for schemes containing less than 10% of synthetic fibres) (0 points)
        • Advanced: Standard formulates specific criteria for sustainable production of synthetic fibres OR addresses sustainable sourcing of synthetic fibres. (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.1. Requirements for organic fibre production Allowed are certified organic natural fibres (kbA/kbT) produced im compliance with EC Organic Regulation EC 834/2007, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), or another (different) Standard of the 'IFOAM Family of Standards' certified for the relevant scope of production (crop production or animal husbandry). The certification body must have a valid and recognised accreditation for the standard it certifies. Recognised accreditations are ISO 17065 accreditation, NOP accreditation, IFOAM accreditation and IFOAM Global Organic System accreditation. 2.2. Requirements for material composition 2.2.1. Products sold, labelled or represented as “NATURTEXTIL IVN certified BEST” 100 % of the fibre content of the products - excluding accessories (definition see annex) - must be of certified organic origin. C) List of additional fibres The following regenerated and synthetic fibre materials may be included in the remaining balance as detailed in chapter 2.2.1 resp. 2.2.2. They may be mixed with the organic fibres or used in certain details: a) Regenerated cellulose fibres - viscose, acetate, tencell and lyocell; b) Polyester; c) Polyurethane (Elasthan); d) Polyamide

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: Basic: Use of recycled material in packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Use of recycled material in packaging (1 point)
        • Advanced: Use of recycled material in product (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.12. Storage, packaging and transport Packaging material must not contain chlorinated plastics (e.g. PVC). Any paper or cardboard used in packaging material for the retail sale of BEST goods (including labelling items such as hang tags or swing tags) must be recy-cled from pre- or post-consumer waste or certified according to a program that verifies compliance with sustain-able forestry management principles.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Allow use with adequate controls to prohibit contamination (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.3. General requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages 2.3.1. Prohibited and restricted inputs The following table lists chemical inputs that may (potentially) be used in conventional textile processing but that are explicitly banned or restricted for environmental and/or toxicological reasons in all processing stages of IVN BEST Goods. Substance group - Criteria Genetically modified organisms (GMO) Prohibited are all inputs that: - contain GMO - contain enzymes derived from GMO - are made from GMO raw materials (e.g. starch, surfactants or oils from GM plants)

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  • Quality
    2/2
    • Quality and Suitability
      2/2
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: Advanced: All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Less than four aspects are tested textile (1 point)
        • Advanced: All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.14. Technical quality parameters Any final product labeled 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. Parameter Critera Test method Rubbing fastness, dry 3-4 ISO 105x12; DIN 54021 for fibre blends 3 ISO 105x12; DIN 54021 Rubbing fastness, wet 2 ISO 105x12; DIN 54021 Perspiration fastness, alkaline and acid 3-4 ISO 105 E04; DIN 54020 Foe fibre blends 3 ISO 105 E04; DIN 54020 Light fastness 3-4 ISO 105 B02; DIN 54004 Dimensional changes after washing at 40°C resp. at 30°C for animal fibre material and blends thereof. This criterion is only valid for the garment sector: knitted/hosiery max. 8%. DIN EN ISO 6330 woven max. 3%. DIN EN ISO 6330 Saliva fastness 5 LFGB B 82. 10-1; DIN 53160-1 Washing fastness when washed at 60°C 3-4 ISO 105 C06 C1M, DIN 54010 Washing fastness of animal fibre material and blends thereof when washed at 30° 3-4 ISO 105 C06 A1S without use of steel balls

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  • Energy & Climate
    2/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      2/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Advanced: Reduce consumption, increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Reduce consumption, increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, 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 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.

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  • Waste & Air Pollution
    8/12
    • Waste Management
      6/9
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: Advanced: Reduction of volumes of waste
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Reduction of volumes of waste (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (…) - monitoring of waste and discharges - procedures to minimise waste and discharges - procedures to follow in case of waste and pollution incidents

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      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: Advanced: Reduce and/or treat toxic waste
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: 2.4.11. Wastewater treatment Wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in an internal or external functional wastewater treat-ment 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, resi-dues 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° (unless the temperature of the receiving water is above this value). Wastewater analyses must be performed and documented periodically at normal operating capacity. (…) - 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 monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on reusing or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        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 rele-vant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (...) - 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 monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities. On-site burning of waste or uncontrolled waste land-fill is prohibited.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management All companies 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 per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (…) - 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 monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities. 2.4.11. Wastewater treatment Wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in an internal or external functional wastewater treat-ment 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, resi-dues 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° (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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      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit waste burning
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Prohibit waste burning (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management (...) On-site burning of waste or uncontrolled waste land-fill is prohibited.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit waste landfilling
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Prohibit waste landfilling (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        2.4.10. Environmental management On-site burning of waste or uncontrolled waste land-fill is prohibited.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: No Information available
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Keep records on third party contractors (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Anmerkung: Zentraleuropäischer Standard; Aspekt wird über nationale Gesetzgebung abgedeckt

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      2/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor emissions over time (for textiles at least in textile finishing)
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor emissions over time (for textiles at least in textile finishing) (1 point)
        • Advanced: End-of-pipe technology (2 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 rele-vant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages per-formed, the available data and procedures need to include: (...) - 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 monitor waste water temperature, waste water pH and sediment quantities. On-site burning of waste or uncontrolled waste land-fill is prohibited.

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      • For which production phase does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Advanced: Restrictions on air pollution for some of the production steps
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Restrictions on air pollution for some of the production steps (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        1.1. Aim of the standard The aim of this standard is to define requirements to ensure the sustainable status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to pro-vide a credible assurance to the final consumer. 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 rele-vant environmental performances in their facilities. Depending on the processing/manufacturing stages per-formed, 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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  • Environmental Management
    2/5
    • Environmental Management
      2/5
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        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).

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      • 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: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not Applicable (0 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).

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      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • 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: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 53%

  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Labour Contracts
  • Workers Representation where Restricted by Law
  • Forced labour
  • Debt bondage
  • Withholding Papers
  • Freedom of Movement
  • Minimum Age/ ILO 138
  • Age Verification
  • Worst forms of child labour/ ILO 182
  • Equal Remuneration/ ILO 100
  • Maternity Leave
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Business Legality
  • Legal Minimum Wage
  • Working Hours
  • Sub-Contractors
  • Harassment and abuse
  • ILO 155
  • Workplace Conditions
  • Potable water
  • Improved Sanitation Facilities
  • Building and Construction Safety
  • Fire Preparedness
  • Emergency and Evacuation Safety
  • Company Responsibility
    0/3
    • Does the standard require the implementation of measures that aim at generating equal economic opportunities for women and men?
      Answer: No
      Degree of Obligation: Not covered
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
    • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the impacts of operations on human rights?
      Answer: No Information available
      Degree of Obligation: Not covered
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • Basic: Human Rights Impact Assessment OR Social Impact Assessment (1 point)
      • Advanced: Human Rights Impact Assessment AND Social Impact Assessment (2 points)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    38/55
    • ILO Core Conventions
      7/7
      • 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: 1/1
        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. The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities. Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace. Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facili-tates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargain-ing. The employer allows workers to freely elect their own representatives with whom the company can enter into dialogue about related issues.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        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. The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities. Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace. Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facili-tates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargain-ing. The employer allows workers to freely elect their own representatives with whom the company can enter into dialogue about related issues.

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      • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and ILO 105?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.2. Employment is freely chosen There is no servitude, forced, bonded or indentured labour.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        3. 4. Child labour is prohibited The employment of people under 16 is prohibited. If the employment serves training purposes, does not endan-ger the health and development of the person or is short-termed (maximum 50 working days per calendar year), exceptions can be made. (...) 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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        Naturtextil BEST Version 6.0 - 3.5. Es wird keine Kinderarbeit verrichtet

      • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        3. 4. Child labour is prohibited The employment of people under 16 is prohibited. If the employment serves training purposes, does not endan-ger the health and development of the person or is short-termed (maximum 50 working days per calendar year), exceptions can be made. (...) 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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      • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.5. No discriminatory practices There is to be no form 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, or social background.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.5. No discriminatory practices There is to be no form 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, or social background.

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    • Labour Rights
      20/31
      • Other Labour Rights
        5/5
        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: Advanced: Promote
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Allow (1 point)
          • Advanced: Promote (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.3. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected (...) Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facili-tates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargain-ing. The employer allows workers to freely elect their own representatives with whom the company can enter into dialogue about related issues.

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        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.11. Social Compliance Management Operators 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: • 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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        • 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: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.11. Social Compliance Management Operators 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: • designating a person responsible for social accountability • monitoring compliance with the social criteria and implementing necessary improvements at its facilities • informing workers of minimum social criteria and any other related information provided by IVN in the ap-plicable local language(s) (...) • allowing 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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        • Does the standard include requirements to inform workers about their labour rights?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.11 • informing workers of minimum social criteria and any other related information provided by IVN in the applicable local language(s)

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      • Child Labour
        3/3
        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.11. Social Compliance Management Operators 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: (...) • maintaining records of the name, age, working hours and the wages paid for each worker

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        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3. 4. Child labour is prohibited (...) Companies must develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the tran-sition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality edu-cation until no longer a child.

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        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Children and young persons under 18 must not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions. As long as children and adolescents still are not full-growing, they must not be exposed to exhausting activities. They must not work more than 8 hours per day or a maximum of 40 hours per week. After more than 4.5 up to 6 working hours, a break of at least 30 minutes is to be granted. After 6 working hours or more, the break should be prolonged to at least 60 minutes.

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      • Wages and Benefits
        5/8
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.7. Fair remuneration 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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        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.7. Fair remuneration 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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        • Does the standard require the provision of social benefits?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Advanced: Yes and overtime is paid at a rate of at least 125% of the regular income
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Yes (1 point)
          • Advanced: Yes and overtime is paid at a rate of at least 125% of the regular income (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.8. Working hours are not excessive (....) Overtime must be voluntary, may not exceed 12 hours per week, may not be demanded on a regular basis, may not involve a significantly higher likelihood of occupational hazards and must always be com-pensated either at a premium rate of not less than one and one-quarter times the regular rate or with time off.

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        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: One out of three (casual / sick / annual leave) (0 points)
          • Advanced: Two out of three (casual / sick / annual leave) (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.8. Working hours are not excessive (...) Special leave days shall be added to national regulations and industrial tariffs.

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        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: Basic: Yes, some measures are in place
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Yes, some measures are in place (1 point)
          • Advanced: Yes, all measures are in place (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.7. Fair remuneration 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. Before they enter employment, all workers must be provided with a labour contract, which at least includes the place of work, working hours and the wage per particular working period (per hour, week or month) and vacation entitlement. Employment requirements must comply with national laws and include information regarding wages as well as the respective social benefits. The specifics of their wages for each pay period must be communicated to the workers at each wage payment. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure are not permitted. Other deductions are permitted only under the conditions and to the extent prescribed by law or fixed by collective agreement.

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      • Gender
        1/3
        • 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: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is to be no form 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, or social background.

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          3.5. No discriminatory practices

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Partial compliance (1 point)
          • Advanced: Full compliance (2 points)
      • Voluntary Labour
        2/3
        • Does the scheme require that workers are not held in debt bondage or forced to work for an employer to pay off debt?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.2. Employment is freely chosen There is no servitude, forced, bonded or indentured labour.

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        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.2. Employment is freely chosen (...) 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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        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movement of employees?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
      • Non-Discrimination
        1/1
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There is to be no form 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, or social background.

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      • Working Hours
        1/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime?
          Answer: Basic: Requirement to include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime / voluntary extra work at least according to national law or industry specific minimum standards
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Requirement to include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime / voluntary extra work at least according to national law or industry specific minimum standards (1 point)
          • Advanced: Standard requirements comply with ILO 1 requirements (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.8. Working hours are not excessive 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 every working day and must be provided with on average at least one day off for every 7-day period. Overtime must be voluntary, may not exceed 12 hours per week, may not be demanded on a regular basis, may not involve a significantly higher likelihood of occupational hazards and must always be com-pensated either at a premium rate of not less than one and one-quarter times the regular rate or with time off.

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      • Scope of Labour Rights
        2/6
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employ-ment relationship must not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, sub- contracting, 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 con-tracts of employment.

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          3.9 Non precarious employment

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.7. Fair remuneration (...) Before they enter employment, all workers must be provided with a labour contract, which at least includes the place of work, working hours and the wage per particular working period (per hour, week or month) and vacation entitlement. Employment requirements must comply with national laws and include information regarding wages as well as the respective social benefits.

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        • Does the standard include criteria on contracts provided to workers in a language understandable to them?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require compliance with (at least) all ILO Core Conventions for different suppliers along the supply chain?
          Answer: No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Main tier 1 suppliers (1 point)
          • Advanced: All tier 1 suppliers (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Minimum social criteria 3.1. Scope The following social criteria apply to all textile processing and manufacturing stages which employ workers. As soon as applicable minimum social criteria will be introduced to recognized organic farming standards, these will apply to the farm level as well. The entity under whose name or brand the labelled BEST Goods are sold to the end consumer is responsible for exercising due care in ensuring compliance of the products with this standard, the Licensing and Labelling Guide and further provisions as released by IVN.

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    • Health and Safety
      11/17
      • Occupational Health and Safety
        8/14
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.10. Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited 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 documented. 3.11. Social Compliance Management Operators 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: (...) • refraining from disciplinary measures, dismissals or other forms of discrimination against workers for provid-ing information concerning observance of the social criteria

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        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: Advanced: Full compliance with ILO 155
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Partial compliance with ILO 155 (1 point)
          • Advanced: Full compliance with ILO 155 (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic A safe and hygienic working environment must be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the in-dustry and of any specific hazards. Especially vulnerable persons such as 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. Ade-quate steps must be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising from, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the work-ing environment. Procedures must be in place to detect, assess, avoid and respond to potential threats to the health and safety of workers. Effective measures must be taken to prevent workers from having accidents, injuries or illnesses, arising from, associated with, or occurring during work. For each 10 employees in the company, one person is to be designated to provide first aid in case of accidents or emergencies. A facility for reclining in the case of medical emergencies must be available. Persons providing first aid must be trained and retrained every 2nd year. A documentation of vocational training is to be provided. Escape and rescue plans are to be visibly posted for all workers. Further, the installation of fire extinguishers and the identification of escape routes and emergency assembly places are mandatory. For all chemical substances and preparations used the corresponding Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) must be maintained and it must be assured that the applicable health and safety measures for handling and storing these chemicals are implemented. Companies must take all appropriate measures within their sphere of influence, to ensure the stability and safety of the equipment and buildings they use, including worker accommodation where provided, as well as to protect against any foreseeable emergency. Workers must be able to exit the premises in case of imminent danger with-out seeking permission. Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training, incl. fire prevention training and evacua-tion drills. Such training must be repeated for new or reassigned workers. Rest rooms and rest areas must be made available separately from engine rooms/working area. Employees must be offered a facility to recline. 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. As part of code compliance, the company must designate a senior management representative responsible for health and safety.

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        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: At least four requirements on proper workplace environment (1 point)
          • Advanced: All requirements on proper workplace environment (2 points)

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        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic A safe and hygienic working environment must be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the in-dustry and of any specific hazards. Especially vulnerable persons such as 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. Ade-quate steps must be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising from, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the work-ing environment.

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        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: Basic: Only treatment of acute work-related accidents/ illness
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Only treatment of acute work-related accidents/ illness (1 point)
          • Advanced: Work-related accidents plus preventative care (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          For each 10 employees in the company, one person is to be designated to provide first aid in case of accidents or emergencies. A facility for reclining in the case of medical emergencies must be available. Persons providing first aid must be trained and retrained every 2nd year. A documentation of vocational training is to be provided.

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        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Partial coverage of costs (1 point)
          • Advanced: Full coverage of costs (2 points)
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          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 facilities for food storage must be provided.

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        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          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 facilities for food storage must be provided.

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        • Does the standard require training of workers on health and safety issues?
          Answer: No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic (0 points)
          • Advanced: Systematic (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.6 Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training, incl. fire prevention training and evacua-tion drills. Such training must be repeated for new or reassigned workers.

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        • Does the scheme require safe and appropriate housing for all workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Rest rooms and rest areas must be made available separately from engine rooms/working area. Employees must be offered a facility to recline. 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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      • Building and Fire Safety
        3/3
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Companies must take all appropriate measures within their sphere of influence, to ensure the stability and safety of the equipment and buildings they use, including worker accommodation where provided, as well as to protect against any foreseeable emergency. Workers must be able to exit the premises in case of imminent danger with-out seeking permission.

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        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Escape and rescue plans are to be visibly posted for all workers. Further, the installation of fire extinguishers and the identification of escape routes and emergency assembly places are mandatory. (...) Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training, incl. fire prevention training and evacua-tion drills. Such training must be repeated for new or reassigned workers.

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        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety and emergency management plan?
          Answer: Basic: Emergency and evacuation safety requirements exist
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Emergency and evacuation safety requirements exist (1 point)
          • Advanced: An emergency management plan exists (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          3.6. Working conditions are safe and hygienic (...) Escape and rescue plans are to be visibly posted for all workers. Further, the installation of fire extinguishers and the identification of escape routes and emergency assembly places are mandatory. (...) Companies must take all appropriate measures within their sphere of influence, to ensure the stability and safety of the equipment and buildings they use, including worker accommodation where provided, as well as to protect against any foreseeable emergency. Workers must be able to exit the premises in case of imminent danger with-out seeking permission. Workers must receive regular and recorded health and safety training, incl. fire prevention training and evacua-tion drills. Such training must be repeated for new or reassigned workers.

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  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    3/13
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      2/10
      • Economic Sustainability
        0/4
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
      • Legality
        0/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Companies must keep accurate information regarding their activities, structure and performance, and disclose these in accordance with applicable regulations and industry benchmark practices. Companies must neither participate in falsifying such information, nor in any act of misrepresentation in the sup-ply chain.

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        • 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: 0/1
          Possible answers
      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        2/4
        • Does the standard include criteria on fair prices or price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          2.4.13. Record keeping & internal quality assurance All operational procedures and practices must be documented by effective control systems and records that en-able tracing and verification of: • the origin, nature and quantities of organic and other (raw) materials, accessories as well as inputs which have been delivered to the unit • the flow of goods within the unit (processing/manufacturing steps performed, recipes used and stock quantities) • the composition of manufactured products • the nature, quantities and consignees of BEST Goods which have left the unit • any other information that may be required for the purposes of proper inspection of the operation re-cords relevant to the inspection. Certified Entities purchasing organic fibres must receive and maintain transaction certificates (=TCs, certificates of inspection) issued by a recognised certifier and certified in accordance with the criteria of chapter 2.1 for the entire quantity purchased. For sheep's wool from risk areas, proof must be supplied that the wool derives from mulesing-free sheep hus-bandry. Certified Entities purchasing BEST Goods must receive and maintain BEST transaction certificates, issued by an Approved Certifier for the whole quantity of BEST Goods purchased. Shipments of BEST goods purchased by certified retailers and labelled with the licence number of the manufacturer/supplier are exempt from this requirement. In accordance with the corresponding IVN policy, issuing TCs that cover multiple shipments is possible under certain conditions. The maximum time period that a single TC can cover is 3 months. The consignee of any organic fibres and BEST Goods must check the integrity of the packaging or container and verify the origin and nature of the certified products from the information contained in the product marking and corresponding documentation (e.g. invoice, bill of lading, transaction certificate) upon receipt of the certified products. A product whose IVN BEST compliant status is in doubt may only be put into processing or packaging after resolv-ing that doubt. Organic fibres and IVN BEST Goods must clearly be identified as such on all corresponding invoices. Certified Entities must have invoices, delivery notes as well as copies of valid Letters of Approval at hand listing all procedures used in processing and manufacturing IVN BEST Goods as verification/proof that all colourants and textile auxiliaries used for IVN BEST Goods are actually currently approved. The Certified Entity must have concluded a contract with each subcontractor stipulating the conditions of the relevant job work as-signed and remains finally responsible for compliance with all criteria of this standard. Quality assurance system 4.1. Auditing of processing, manufacturing and trading stages Processors, manufacturers and traders of IVN BEST Goods must participate in the BEST certification procedure which is based on an annual on-site 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 28 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 manufactur-ing steps). The responsible certifier may decide to perform remote-inspections instead of on-site inspections for traders which do not have or subcontract any processing or manufacturing activities. On-site inspection must however be performed at least for the first year and every 3rd year of granted certification. Traders having an annual turnover with BEST Goods less than 5000 € and retailers only selling to consumers are exempt from the certification obliga-tion; provide they do not (re-)pack or (re-)label BEST Goods. Traders with less than 5000€ annual turnover must register with an Approved Certifier and must inform the same immediately after their annual turnover exceeds 5000€. The responsible Approved Certifier may further decide on exceptions from the annual inspection cycle for small-scale subcontractors with a low risk potential regarding environmental and social criteria. These subcontractors must be clearly identified and are obliged to have a written contract with the certified en-tity (who is responsible of the conformity with the BEST standard) and can undergo an onsite-inspection if de-manded by the authorized certifier. On-site inspection must however be performed to such units at least for the first year and every 3rd year of granted certification. The entity under whose name or brand the labelled BEST Goods are sold to the end consumer is responsible for exercising due care in ensuring compliance of the products with this standard, the Licensing and Labelling Guide and further provisions as released by IVN. Certifiers must be authorized by IVN for the specific scope(s) in which they offer certification services: 1. Certification of mechanical textile processing and manufacturing operations and their products 2. Certification of wet processing and finishing operations and their products 3. Certification of trading operations and related products Basis for authorisation by the IVN is an accreditation of the certifier in accordance with the IVN document ‘Ap-proval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies’ plus contract by the main co-operation partner of IVN for this process, IOAS, or another recognised accreditation body.

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        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria for the production processes beyond primary production?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          2.4.13. Record keeping & internal quality assurance All operational procedures and practices must be documented by effective control systems and records that en-able tracing and verification of: • the origin, nature and quantities of organic and other (raw) materials, accessories as well as inputs which have been delivered to the unit • the flow of goods within the unit (processing/manufacturing steps performed, recipes used and stock quantities) • the composition of manufactured products • the nature, quantities and consignees of BEST Goods which have left the unit • any other information that may be required for the purposes of proper inspection of the operation re-cords relevant to the inspection. Certified Entities purchasing organic fibres must receive and maintain transaction certificates (=TCs, certificates of inspection) issued by a recognised certifier and certified in accordance with the criteria of chapter 2.1 for the entire quantity purchased. For sheep's wool from risk areas, proof must be supplied that the wool derives from mulesing-free sheep hus-bandry. Certified Entities purchasing BEST Goods must receive and maintain BEST transaction certificates, issued by an Approved Certifier for the whole quantity of BEST Goods purchased. Shipments of BEST goods purchased by certified retailers and labelled with the licence number of the manufacturer/supplier are exempt from this requirement. In accordance with the corresponding IVN policy, issuing TCs that cover multiple shipments is possible under certain conditions. The maximum time period that a single TC can cover is 3 months. The consignee of any organic fibres and BEST Goods must check the integrity of the packaging or container and verify the origin and nature of the certified products from the information contained in the product marking and corresponding documentation (e.g. invoice, bill of lading, transaction certificate) upon receipt of the certified products. A product whose IVN BEST compliant status is in doubt may only be put into processing or packaging after resolv-ing that doubt. Organic fibres and IVN BEST Goods must clearly be identified as such on all corresponding invoices. Certified Entities must have invoices, delivery notes as well as copies of valid Letters of Approval at hand listing all procedures used in processing and manufacturing IVN BEST Goods as verification/proof that all colourants and textile auxiliaries used for IVN BEST Goods are actually currently approved. The Certified Entity must have concluded a contract with each subcontractor stipulating the conditions of the relevant job work as-signed and remains finally responsible for compliance with all criteria of this standard. Quality assurance system 4.1. Auditing of processing, manufacturing and trading stages Processors, manufacturers and traders of IVN BEST Goods must participate in the BEST certification procedure which is based on an annual on-site 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 28 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 manufactur-ing steps). The responsible certifier may decide to perform remote-inspections instead of on-site inspections for traders which do not have or subcontract any processing or manufacturing activities. On-site inspection must however be performed at least for the first year and every 3rd year of granted certification. Traders having an annual turnover with BEST Goods less than 5000 € and retailers only selling to consumers are exempt from the certification obliga-tion; provide they do not (re-)pack or (re-)label BEST Goods. Traders with less than 5000€ annual turnover must register with an Approved Certifier and must inform the same immediately after their annual turnover exceeds 5000€. The responsible Approved Certifier may further decide on exceptions from the annual inspection cycle for small-scale subcontractors with a low risk potential regarding environmental and social criteria. These subcontractors must be clearly identified and are obliged to have a written contract with the certified en-tity (who is responsible of the conformity with the BEST standard) and can undergo an onsite-inspection if de-manded by the authorized certifier. On-site inspection must however be performed to such units at least for the first year and every 3rd year of granted certification. The entity under whose name or brand the labelled BEST Goods are sold to the end consumer is responsible for exercising due care in ensuring compliance of the products with this standard, the Licensing and Labelling Guide and further provisions as released by IVN. Certifiers must be authorized by IVN for the specific scope(s) in which they offer certification services: 1. Certification of mechanical textile processing and manufacturing operations and their products 2. Certification of wet processing and finishing operations and their products 3. Certification of trading operations and related products Basis for authorisation by the IVN is an accreditation of the certifier in accordance with the IVN document ‘Ap-proval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies’ plus contract by the main co-operation partner of IVN for this process, IOAS, or another recognised accreditation body.

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    • Corruption and Bribery
      1/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: Basic: Corruption and bribery is prohibited
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Corruption and bribery is prohibited (1 point)
        • Advanced (0 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        3.12. Ethical Business Behaviour Companies may not be involved in any acts of corruption, extortion or embezzlement, nor in any form of bribery - including but not limited to - promising, offering, giving or accepting any improper monetary or other incentive.

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      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
  • Social & Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    0/7
    • Local Economic Development
      0/4
      • Does the standard include criteria relating to a preference to purchase local materials, goods, products and services?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on investment in community development beyond the business' operations?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on not adversely affecting local communities and neighboring small producers access to livelihoods (especially land and water)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
    • Community Rights
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
        Answer: No Information available
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: The standard has to require a grievance mechanism for affected communities. (1 point)
        • Advanced: The standard provides fair compensation for negative impacts of operations on local communities and individuals. (2 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
        Answer: No Information available
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic (0 points)
        • Advanced: Protect and do not impede access (1 point)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of natural fibers (e.g. cotton) and production of synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester)

Manufacturing

The production and further processing of yarns and fabrics into a finished garment involves many sub-steps (e.g. spinning, weaving and knitting, sewing, tailoring and finishing)

Transportation / distribution

The transport route from one production stage to the next as well as to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage through the owner

End-of-life

Proper disposal of textiles or return of materials to the cycle (recycling)