Oeko-Tex : Sustainability, trust and transpar...

Sustainability, trust and transparency

(Source: Oeko-Tex)
(Source: Oeko-Tex)

In the 2021/22 financial year, Oeko-Tex increased the number of certificates and labels issued by 14% to a total of 36,000. The strongest growth was recorded by the STeP by Oeko-Tex site certification, which almost doubled compared to 2020/2021. The number of Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certificates issued exceeded 25,000 for the first time, and over 15,000 products were certified by Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries.
Sustainability, trust and safety build on each other and form the basis of transparent and thus sustainable action. The Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, proves this with independent scientific methods. In the past fiscal year (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022), this was also reflected in the introduction of the Impact Calculator, which STeP by Oeko-Tex certified companies can use to measure and ultimately reduce their CO2 emissions and water consumption.

To maintain trust and credibility, Oeko-Tex includes external perspectives. The International Advisory Board reviews proposals of the Oeko-Tex Working Groups and provides important impetus for continuous optimization of the standards. Additionally, a Public Stakeholder Consultation was conducted in March 2022 to gain comprehensive insights from all interest groups. These are now being integrated into the further development of the standards and services. The investments of the past financial year reflect how important quality assurance and product control are for the Oeko-Tex Association: Almost 40% of the total expenditure flowed into these two items.

In autumn 2022, Oeko-Tex will launch a certification to help companies comply with upcoming due diligence laws. With Responsible Business by Oeko-Tex, Oeko-Tex is responding to the increasing global expectations of compliance with due diligence requirements in companies. The new standard is based on the EU proposal for due diligence, the German Due Diligence Act, which will come into force from 2023, and numerous other international legislative proposals.

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