The position of IFOAM-Organics International on organic textiles processing and marketing

The IFOAM-Organics International General Assembly 2017 has approved the following motion:

"Textiles advertised/labelled ‘organic’ and made with organic fibers produced according to recognized standards (e.g. IFOAM Family of Standards), should also be processed to a standard (endorsed by IFOAM - Organics International) that prohibits hazardous and residual inputs according to a clear procedure.

IFOAM - Organics International acknowledges that such standards should cover the whole supply chain (as is the case with food). Stating the organic fiber content (“contains X% organic cotton”), e.g. through the Organic Content Standard by Textile Exchange, is a relevant step.

IFOAM - Organics International will communicate this to stakeholders and engage with them for the widespread adoption of a whole-chain-approach (chain of custody) to labelling organic textile products."


IFOAM-Organics International has endorsed GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard, as the minimum reference for organic textile processing. It encourages GOTS to further develop and to follow the principle of continuous improvement. IFOAM-Organics International recommends to Governments not to start development of redundant standards and regulations but to make references to GOTS as processing standard for organic labeled textiles.

Read the full position of IFOAM-OI towards GOTS here.
Watch a short explanation of the GOTS label below: