In its annual report for the period 2020/21, the Oeko-Tex Association reported positive results, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The association issued more than 31,000 certificates and labels in the past financial year, an increase of 31% compared to 2019/2020. Once again, Made In Green by Oeko-Tex grew the most, doubling the number of labels. The supplier of testing and certification systems Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, also moved forward with its new Water and Carbon Footprint Tool.
Over 21,000 manufacturers, brands and retailers formally work with Oeko-Tex in more than 100 countries. The number of labels and certificates issued rose from 24,205 to 31,696 between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. During year 2 of the Covid-19 pandemic, Oeko-Tex has continued with certification and avoid supply chain interruptions. The association issued waivers of over 370 Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification fees on mouth and nose masks. Due to travel restrictions, the organization implemented guidelines for virtual audits to ensure a smooth and consistent certification process.
Together with sustainability consulting group Quantis International, Lausanne/Switzerland, the Association has developed the Oeko-Tex Carbon & Water Footprint Tool to help the fashion industry reduce its CO2 emissions and water consumption. In 2021 the methodology was successfully certified by a neutral third party and implemented. The tool will be integrated into the STeP by Oeko-Tex certification in 2022.