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Pathway to GOTS for smaller operators

Supply chain of small-scale facilities can now be considered a single certified entity.

6th December 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Osaka, Japan

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Sankei Meriyasu, a specialised artisanal knitwear company based in Osaka, Japan, has recently received GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification through the organisation’s new controlled supply chain scheme (CSCS).

The CSCS has been strategically developed to overcome the obstacles that often deter small-scale operators from pursuing GOTS certification and enables them to benefit from a streamlined ‘group’ certification process, which reduces costs and eases administrative barriers.

A supply chain comprised of a minimum of eight and a maximum of thirty small-scale facilities – each with twenty or fewer workers – can be considered a single certified entity after a comprehensive risk assessment by their certification body.

“As a 97-year-old Japanese company, Sankei Meriyasu is a pivotal participant in the groundbreaking GOTS CSCS initiative, exemplifying pioneering dedication,” said the company’s project coordinator Yuko Nishino. “We extend our appreciation to certifier Ecocert for their collaboration. This achievement resonates in Japan’s textile industry, where cherished traditions, techniques and community connections are of importance.”

“As the very first group to receive GOTS CSCS certification in the world, we will continue our efforts to make products that we are proud of, and communicate to the world about the products made by this local small group in Japan,” added Ken Miki, Sankei Meriyasu executive director.

With the pilot due to be reviewed and evaluated next year, GOTS managing director Rahul Bhajekar is optimistic about the future of CSCS systems within GOTS.

“The controlled supply chain scheme has the potential for substantial impact by empowering small operators,” he said. “Our pilot project is proving that the scheme works as intended, overcoming barriers and expanding opportunities. We look forward to refining and validating the CSCS requirements and implementing it fully for all markets in the future.”

GOTS remains committed to generating opportunities that expand the organic textile market, benefitting growers and consumers alike.

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