OEKO-TEX® Annual Report 2020/2021: Companies‘ demand for MADE IN GREEN by OEKO -TEX® increases by 108% and 620,000 workers benefited from the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification


For another consecutive year, the international O EKO -T EX® 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. OEKO-TEX® also moved forward with its new Water and Carbon Footprint Tool.

For nearly three decades, OEKO-TEX® has stood for transparency along the textile and leather production chains, consumer protection and the guarantee of greater safety and confidence for all those involved. “Our mission remains unchanged” says OEKO-TEX® Secretary General Georg Dieners. “The annual report reflects the growing importance of this topic across the industry.” 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.

Support through the crisis

During year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, OEKO-TEX® has made every effort to continue with certification and avoid supply chain interruptions. The association supported the industry and global fight against COVID-19 with 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. In addition, over 620,000 workers benefit from employment in safe and socially responsible working conditions with environmentally friendly processes verified by STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification.

Implementation Carbon and Water Footprint Tool

OEKO-TEX® continues to support the industry with knowledge and sustainable solutions....

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