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There may be many reasons for why you want to become certified. It may be because you want to demonstrate to the world that your products, processes, services, or organization is of a certain level. Or you may require certification in order to enter into a certain market or because your customers ask you to become certified.
No matter what your reason is, Control Union is best suited to assist you in your goal. As the leading company in certification and verification services, our team has a global perspective and local expertise.
With more than a decade working with the textile industry, Control Union has partnered with many companies to meet their sustainability challenges head-on. We are your trusted partner.
Our Textile Certifications Programs
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
About this Standard
The GOTS Standard is an international standard that set requirements for third-party certification of organic textiles and maintaining the chain of custody. This standard was developed with the goal to promote and protect organic textile claims via developing criteria for the entire supply chain. As organic production is based on farm standard, GOTS seeks to maintain the integrity of the supply chain to promote greater organic production and decrease toxic fertilizers, pesticides as well as other toxic substances that are applied to the fiber.
Why choose this Standard?
Companies seeking the gold-standard for organic textile claims should look at the GOTS standard. GOTS is the most widely recognized textile standard built upon the organic production standards. GOTS certification is sought by many manufacturers and brand/retailers when seeking sustainable materials to produce a more sustainable final product for consumers while providing assurance of its organic textile content.
Our Textile Verifications Programs
Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM)
About this Standard
The HIGG FEM is a tool developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition as part of a suite of tools making up the HIGG Index that enables manufacturers to assess and measure their environmental impacts. After completing their self-assessment, manufacturers may wish to be verified in order to publicly share their assessment score to brands seeking more sustainable materials. Many brands in the apparel, footwear and home textiles are requesting that manufacturers assess and then have their assessment verified by approved 3rd party verifiers.
Why choose this Standard?
Companies seeking to have their FEM verified must already have established their HIGG account and have performed at least one self-assessment. Control Union can then perform a verification which can be on-sight or done remotely depending on whether the company seeks make its scores public to stakeholders via the HIGG platform. For more information, please contact us.
How to get started
Request a textile certification or verification
The first step is to contact us at email@example.com, where we will be able to set up a call to directly discuss the specific nature of your certification needs. You can also click the following link Control Union Certifications - Textile Application Form to begin the application process for GOTS, GRS, OCS, RCS, CCS. For the RWS, RDS, RAS and RMS please contact us, and we can send you a separate application form to be filled and returned to us.
The verification programs will include an application process.
Receive the offer letter
Once we have your application(s), we will provide you with an offer letter that will indicate the price and scope of your certification.
Accept and get your audit plan
Upon accepting and signing, we will contact you about setting up dates for your audit. Once an auditor is assigned to your audit, an agenda and audit plan will be sent to prepare for your audit. At the close of your audit, the auditor will indicate if any non-compliances have been found and agree to the deadlines of the corrective actions.
Your audit results will be reviewed by a secondary person, called the certifier, who ultimately decides whether certification will be granted. If you had corrective actions to approach, these need to be sent in for the review process to begin.
Get your Certification / Get your attestation or score that has been reported.
If the results have been approved, you will be contacted to receive your certification. If the results were not satisfactory, you will need to submit your corrective actions within the agreed time frame or pause your certification until such time as you are ready.
If results are not satisfactory, you will be required to wait a period of time to begin the process again.
Control Union Certifications is one of the divisions of the Peterson Control Union Group. We offer numerous certification programs across more than 80 countries.
Some programs are accredited 3rd party certification programs while others are unaccredited verification programs to verify compliance. With more than a decade working with the textile industry, Control Union has partnered with many companies to meet their sustainability challenges head-on. For example, in the mid-2000s we developed the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) to meet the growing misuse of using virgin PET bottles claimed to be recycled PET. Another example was the development, together with one of the global brand leaders in the outdoor industry, of the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) which has now become the industry standard for down feathers.
We offer auditing and certification services worldwide, encompassing many different sustainable materials such as organic cotton fibers to recycled polyester. In addition, we have begun to offer HIGG verifications to suppliers seeking to have their assessments.
If you require a certification or verification for other programs that do not belong to the textile industry, please visit our Global site´s Certifications page to view our complete service offer https://certifications.controlunion.com/
How long does it typically take from start to finish when requesting textile certifications?
The process will vary depending on several factors, these include how many sites and products will need to be included in your audit (called the scope), how long it takes you to close (if any) non-compliances, and the availability of auditor(s). However, to provide some idea it can be range from 3 to 4 months.
How much does it cost?
The price will be determined by the local office in your region/country. This is determined by what is included in your audit, i.e.: number of sites and processes.
How long is my certificate valid for?
Certificates have a validity of one year and can be easily renewed. If there are any changes to your scope during the year, you need to notify your local office so that they can determine whether an additional assessment is needed. Your local office will contact you in the months prior to your next audit to ask if there are any changes to your audit scope.
Can I make changes during the year to my textile certification?
Yes, you can make changes to your certification however you need to inform your local office before any new sites, processes or products are added. The local office will determine if an additional assessment (desk review or on-site audit) is needed. Costs will be incurred to make changes to your certificate.
Will I be able to request Transaction Certificates?
Yes, once you are certified and have received your certificate, you will have access to request transaction certificates. You will have an online account which will enable you to request transaction certificates.
Are there costs for the transaction certificates?
Yes, there are fees associated with requesting a TC. The fees will vary by region/country. Please note that the issuance of TCs will take several days. Your local office can assist you as to the timing of issuance.