The textile industry has historically been associated with environmentally harmful processing, animal welfare issues and complex social compliance issues such as child labour, workers’ wages, benefits, as well as health and safety. The demand for certified, sustainable products is now growing.
Public awareness and the demand for traceability have increased, and many global brands already have a dedicated fashion collection made from certified sustainable content derived from organic, recycled or sustainable material.
Control Union has played a decisive role in assisting the textile industry in meeting standard requirements.
As an example, the EKO Sustainable Textile Standard, developed by Control Union, was the first standard for the textile industry which addressed sustainability. Control Union also played an active role in developing the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).