In its annual report, GOTS revealed a 5% increase in the number of countries with certified facilities which now stands at 84.

GOTS also approved six new certification bodies bringing the total count to 24 in 2022.

“Through GOTS 7.0 and our collaborations, we continue to create impact as we build the framework for a more resilient organic textile industry that embraces a traceable supply chain, reliable and transparent sourcing, and operates with integrity. We are very grateful for the enormous commitment and ongoing support and look forward to continuing our work together to lead the textile sector in bearing our share of responsibility toward reaching the ambitious targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said managing directors Claudia Kersten and Rahul Bhajekar.

The report also highlights the multiple projects GOTS is working on, which include creating jobs for the disadvantaged, increasing organic cotton production in Mexico and an initiative designed to reduce certification barriers for small operators in low-risk countries.

Last month, GOTS, the European Space Agency (ESA) and AI company Marple claimed a world-first, with the launch of a new demonstrator project that aims to show the potential for remote satellite monitoring of organic cotton cultivation systems.

The GOTS cotton project, to be carried out under ESA’s Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS) programme, will train artificial intelligence (AI) to use ESA satellite data to detect cotton fields across India and automatically classify them according to their cultivation standard.

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Integrated with existing GOTS measures, this project will enable GOTS to further enhance the integrity of organic cotton by developing advanced risk assessment technology for organic certification and preventing fraud from the beginning of the supply chain.