OEKO-TEX® is an international association of independent research and testing institutes focused on enhancing both product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry. The Association is made up of 16 member institutes with representative offices in more than 60 countries all over the world. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a comprehensive, third-party testing and certification system for textile products at all stages of production. Textiles can only be certified if all components meet the specified requirements. Test criteria are updated annually and go far beyond existing legal regulations.
Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent non-profit organisation who works with companies and factories to improve the working conditions of textile and fashion employees.
Poor labour conditions can only be solved through multi-faceted solutions. The FWF approach brings together the key components needed for sustainable change. It means companies work step-by-step to improve conditions in their supply chains. It also means cooperation among a slew of stakeholders, and accountability among all of us. When fully executed, the FWF approach means results.
FWF restricts its focus to those phases of production where sewing is the main manufacturing process. These are among the most labour-intensive phases of the production process. It is also the stage of production where many labour problems are found, and where effective remedies can positively impact the lives of millions of workers.
FWF’s focus means that its staff has advanced and specialised knowledge of industry practice and trends. Focus also enables FWF to concentrate on building strong working relationships with those local and international stakeholders who, themselves, specialise in garments and textiles – a keystone for sustainable change in the industry.