October 2020

Why the Textile Industry is Relying on Certification Now More Than Ever

Because of the global disruption COVID-19 has caused to supply chains, many brands and manufacturers have identified a critical weakness - a lack of visibility into all levels of their supply networks. Resilient companies need transparency and traceability into who is making what, where and how it is being made, and when it is arriving. This need will be increasingly important as we navigate changing environments in the months and years ahead.

During this round table discussion with a panel from across the industry, we discussed:

  1. Supply chain complexity: How is the existing system working in the current supply network and how can it be improved?
  2. Technology: How is technology currently being implemented in the system, and what advances are on the horizon?
  3. Demand drivers: How do we ensure that we maintain commitment and momentum as an industry?

Certification provides a mechanism for helping to establish visibility into your networks and building stronger relationships with suppliers, with standards as the basis for the best practices companies aspire to. Audits can't be performed and facilities can't be certified without knowing who they are, where they are, what products they manufacture and how they do it. Certification enables better tracking of materials and impact data, providing assurance and credibility that what you’re buying is generating the change you and your customers are seeking.

Standards and certification represent the best of who you are and how you manage your business… both are key to successfully navigating now and into the future.