How to apply
Thinking of going organic?
We believe that there is an imperative for cotton to be produced and used more sustainably; not only to reduce its significant burden on the environment, but also as a pathway to lift millions of people out of poverty. Cotton is an important rotation crop for smallholders and the cash income it generates is vital for farmers' livelihoods, contributing to both improved living standards and to food security. Addressing the land, water and social impacts of cotton supply chains will also move the world closer to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
You’ve decided that getting certified is a good move for your business. The next steps are applying for the scheme(s) that are right for you.
How to get certified in 4 simple steps...
1. The Application
You’ll need to complete an application, but don’t worry, we can help you fill it out if you’d like a bit of extra support. As soon as we have a completed application form, a signed contract and payment, we’ll contact you to arrange an inspection.
Download the relevant application pack here:
- Textile manufacturer and processor
- Textile brandholder and trader
- Approved inputs for textiles to GOTS
Our information packs include everything you need to apply, including a guide to certification, details of our fees and our contract.
Timescales to achieving certification vary, but if you have a specific deadline in mind, we'll work with you to meet this deadline
2. Organic Plan
Once we receive payment you will be assigned a dedicated certification officer, who will contact you and provide you with log in details for your on-line account. This is where you will be able to complete your organic plan in preparation for your first inspection.
Once you have completed and submitted your organic plan we will arrange an inspection of your business. After the inspection, your inspector will give you a report and an action summary form outlining any areas where the standards still need to be met or additional information we need from you.
Following your application inspection, we will ask you to return the action summary form and additional information. your Certification Officer will review this and once we have all the information we need we will issue you with your first certificate!
You can always contact us to ask us for more information about the certification process, so please do get in touch if you would like to find out more.