GOTS means Global Organic Textile Standard, which is a leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. It consists of ecological and social criteria plus nonpartisan certification for the whole textile production chain. This standard defines internationally approved qualifications, which ensure the organic status of each ingredient through the process from harvesting to final consumer of the end product.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a global certificate ensuring that a product is safe to use. Each product with this certificate has the right pH to be used safely on and next to bare skin. It must also be proven to contain no harmful chemicals or toxic dyes.
BSCI means Business Social Compliance Initiative, which is a leading supply chain management and auditioning system. It focuses on securing workers’ rights to organize and set up conventions, to have reasonable working hours and an equitable salary, to be entitled to health care and to have safe a working environment and conditions. BSCI is also committed to guard young employees and to prohibit child labor, unstable contracts of employment, penal servitude and segregation.
SMETA means Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, which is a responsibility audit methodology of Sedex. Sedex is a leading ethical trade service provider maintaining a database of SMETA, which can be either executed compactly (2-pillar) or widely (4-pillar). It’s based on Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code requirements aka a set of nine principles compiled by international workers’ unions: employees’ right to organize freely and join trade unions, safe and healthy working conditions, sufficient enough salary to cover the basic needs, moderation of overtime practices, legal contracts of employment plus prevention of child and forced labor as well as harassment and segregation. In addition Sedex evaluates and monitors illegal use of migration labor, working conditions of remote work and execution of environmental legislation.
Mulesing-free wool is wool produced without including mulesing operation into it’s making process. Mulesing is a surgery, in which extra skin of lamb’s anus is removed to prevent parasites of laying eggs and cause infection in the area. Both the cutting and its following scar are painful for the animal, on account of which mulesing has been banned in several countries. The highest responsibility certificate for mulesing-free wool is ZQ Standard.
RCS means Recycled Claim Standard, which is a standard for recycled materials to find out and ensure their origin plus assay their percentage of each end product they are part of.