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10-04-2019

Control Union announces a gift of five new standards to Textile Exchange for future growth and industry transformation

Control Union, a founding member of Textile Exchange, has been a strong promoter of the third-party assessment system, namely that policy making, certification and accreditation are organized by different parties.  It was for this reason that in 2011 Control Union gifted to Textile Exchange the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Recycled Content Standard (RCS) which now serve over 1,875 sites.
These newly gifted standards (some currently in use while others are in development through piloting and research) were developed by Control Union due to market demand and the ability to promote best practices within the community. A couple of these standards are designed to unify and recognize other sustainable initiatives and provide a way to show continuous improvement toward more sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. 

Each of the five gifted Standards will be assessed against mission fit and business viability between now and early 2020 to see how they’ll fit into Textile Exchange’s product offering. If the Governance Board of Textile Exchange decides to take these standards respectively into Textile Exchange’s portfolio, the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Sustainable Fiber Initiative, rTRIM Responsible Trim,  Non-GMO Production standard and the Vegan Standard, would join the ranks of Textile Exchange’s existing suite of standards, which includes: the Content Claim Standard (CCS), Organic Content Standard (OCS); Recycled Claim Standard (RCS); Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS).

For further information on these new standards, please click here.

Textile Exchange, a member of ISEAL, is seeking industry stakeholder expertise and thought-partnership to help determine Textile Exchange’s role in each Standard’s future. 

Please complete this short survey no later than April 30, 2019 if you are open to sharing your expertise of these standards in the months to come. For further information about the gifted Standards process please 
click here.

About Textile Exchange
Founded in 2002, Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the sustainable fiber and materials industry by providing learning opportunities, tools, insight, standards, data, measurement and benchmarking–and by building a community that can collectively accomplish what no individual or company can do alone. Textile Exchange also manages and promotes a suite of six leading industry standards, including organic, recycled, responsible down and responsible wool, as well as, collects and publishes critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage and track their use of preferred fiber and materials. With more than 300 members who represent leading brands, retailers and suppliers, Textile Exchange has meaningfully accelerated the use of preferred fibers and increased the adoption of standards and certifications across the global textile industry.

To learn more about Textile Exchange, please visit their website.