Oeko-Tex has trained an additional 24 auditors for its Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certification programme that helps assess businesses for sustainable production and social conditions.

The certification body said its 16 Oeko-Tex Institutes, with contact offices in 60 countries, now have 80 auditors at their disposal from the most important regions of global textile production.

The new STeP auditors, which completed an intensive four-day training programme, are from China, Bangladesh, Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Denmark, Hungary, and Taiwan.

The STeP certification is an independent system for textile brands, retailer and manufacturers who want to communicate their achievements regarding sustainable production to the public in a transparent, credible and clear manner. Certification can be obtained for production facilities in all of the processing stages, from fibre production, spinning mills, weaving mills, and knitting mills to finishing facilities and manufacturers of ready-made clothes.

Companies certified between March and July include Switzerland's Cilander, China's Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Co. Ltd, Austria's Willy Hermann, and Germany's Textilveredlung an der Wiese.