The number of GOTS certified facilities have grown by 34 per cent to 10,388 globally in 2020. As per 16 GOTS approved certification bodies, over 3 million people in over 72 countries worked in GOTS certified facilities during the year.
The top ten countries where GOTS certified facilities are located include India (2,994), Bangladesh (1,584), Turkey (1,107), China (961), Germany (684), Italy (585), Portugal (449), Pakistan (391), US (167), and Sri Lanka (126). GOTS approved chemical inputs now number 25,913, an increase of 13 per cent in 2020.
GOTS version 6.0, to be implemented from March 1 2021, includes stricter social and environmental criteria. Certified entities will now have to calculate the gap between wages paid to ‘Living Wages’ and will be encouraged to work towards closing this gap. Specific references to OECD due diligence guidance and good practice guidance for social criteria and risk assessment as well as ethical business practises have been explicitly included, according to GOTS.