February 26, 2024

GOTS Pilot Project CSCS to Certify Small Operator Groups

In an initiative to enhance accessibility to certification for small operator groups within the organic textile value chain, GOTS has introduced its ongoing Controlled Supply Chain Scheme (CSCS) Pilot Project.

The project, launched in 2022, was strategically developed to overcome the obstacles that often deter small-scale operators from pursuing GOTS certification.

“Recognising that administrative complexities and financial burdens can impede these operators, the controlled supply chain scheme (CSCS) system was developed to mitigate these challenges,” GOTS said in a press release.

The supply chain requires an internal control and audit system, and small-scale operations benefit from a streamlined ‘group’ certification process, which reduces costs and eases administrative barriers.

Under the CSCS framework, a supply chain comprises 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.

Sankei Meriyasu, a Japanese textile manufacturer, recently received GOTS certification through this project, which shows the tangible impact of the CSCS system in empowering small-scale operators.

“Sankei Meriyasu, a 97-year-old Japanese company, is a pivotal participant in the groundbreaking GOTS CSCS initiative, exemplifying pioneering dedication,” Project Coordinator Yuko Nishino said.

“We extend our appreciation to certifier Ecocert for their collaboration. This achievement resonates profoundly in Japan’s textile industry, where cherished traditions and techniques are of importance,” he added.

With the pilot due to be reviewed and evaluated next year, GOTS Managing Director Rahul Bhajekar was optimistic about the future of CSCS systems within GOTS.

“The controlled supply chain scheme has the potential for substantial impact, empowering small operators in the organic textile supply chain and revolutionising GOTS certification,” Bhajekar also said.

“Our pilot project is proving that the scheme works as intended, overcoming barriers and expanding opportunities,” he too added.

“We look forward to refining and validating the CSCS requirements, in hopes of implementing it fully for all markets in the future,” Bhajekar stated.

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

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