GOTS certified facilities increased by 34 per cent in 2020 to 10,388. 16 GOTS Approved Certification Bodies report that over three million people in over 72 countries were working in GOTS certified facilities. Tops 10 countries for certified facilities during the year included India (2,994), Bangladesh (1,584), Turkey (1,107), China (961), Germany (684), Italy (585), Portugal (449), Pakistan (391), USA (167) and Sri Lanka (126). GOTS approved chemical inputs increased by 13 per cent to 25,913.
The exceptional increase shows decision makers value GOTS as an important tool to drive sustainable transformation in a comprehensive way - from field to fashion. Using organic fibers and processing them under strict GOTS criteria definitely provides a credible and strong base for market players to be successful in the future, says GOTS Managing Director Claudia Kersten.
GOTS version 6.0, 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.