Standards & Reporting

GOTS Version 4.0 Published on 1 March 2014 with 1 Year Implementation Time

On the 1st of March 2014, the new GOTS version 4.0. was published. The implementation deadline for the new rules is one year after the publication on the 1st of March 2015. Among the most relevant changes is that it is no longer allowed that up to 30% of the fibers are non-organic in the sense of conventional cotton, conventional angora or virgin polyester. According to the new standard, up to 30% of the fibers may still be non-organic but only in the sense of regenerated or recycled materials.

Disclosure of non-financial information soon mandatory for large companies in EU?

On February 26, 2014 the European Parliament and Council reached an agreement on Commission proposal that certain large companies in the EU should need to disclose certain social and environmental information in their management reports. The original proposal covered approx. 18.000 European companies, the new agreement applies only to large companies of public interest (mainly listed companies and financial institutions) and thus approx. 6.000 companies in the EU which need to disclose their non-financial performance according to Germanwatch.

Elections for the German Bundestag 2013: Parties`programmes with regard to sustainability and textiles?

The election programmes of the different parties are available to download here:

Screening of the parties` election programmes for the term “textile”:

German Green Party:

CEO of H&M wants new textile label; IVN opposes this suggestion

In an interview with Spiegel, Karl Johan-Persson, CEO of H&M, suggested a new worldwide label for the textile industry that may only be used by those who comply with certain predefined standards for wages, environmental and social aspects. Heike Scheuer, head of the IVN, opposes this suggestion as the industry already has this standard according to her opinion: the GOTS.