International certification bodies at MUNICH FABRIC START

Meet experts from international on-site certification organizations in Munich who provide advice and answers on the latest developments in seals and certification processes. In the ReSOURCE Area of the MUNICH FABRIC START you will find not only the latest fabric and ingredient developments but also lectures and panel discussions on relevant topics.
The lecture program will be publish shortly before the fair.


01 SEP 2020 · 9:30 AM – 06:30 PM
02 SEP 2020 · 9:30 AM – 06:30 PM
03 SEP 2020 · 9:30 AM – 04:00 PM

26 JAN 2021 · 9:30 AM – 06:30 PM
27 JAN 2021 · 9:30 AM – 06:30 PM
28 JAN 2021 · 9:30 AM – 04:00 PM


IVN is an association of over 100 companies from all stages of leather and textile manufacturing that stand for ecological and socially responsible production. As a business association, our role is both that of voice and facilitator for our members and our industry. We provide factual information for media professionals and the public on subjects ranging from environment, social responsibility, transparency to consumer health and safety.
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Since 2000, BEST incorporates the guidelines for sustainable textiles on the basis of definitions of ecology and social accountability formulated by Internationalen Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft e. V. (IVN), applied to the entire textile production chain. Because this represents the highest currently achievable level of production, it is logical that only a limited number of products can meet them.
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IVN has been involved in developing a standard for sustainable leather since 2001. The quality seal NATURLEDER IVN ZERTIFIZIERT certifies a high level of ecology and quality for the labeled product.
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The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading standard for processing textiles made from organically produced natural fibres. At a high level, it defines environmental requirements along the entire textile production chain from the field, via wet finishing processes (dyeing/printing) to the trade, and at the same time demands compliance with social criteria.
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A product certified with MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® meets the demanding criteria of two OEKO-TEX® system modules: STANDARD 100 or LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® (ensures that the product has been tested for harmful substances) and STeP by OEKO-TEX® (certifies that the product has been sustainably manufactured under socially acceptable working conditions).
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The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology issues product labels and factory certifications under the trademark OEKO-TEX®. This involves testing products at all stages of processing along the textile value chain (fibres, yarns, fabrics, leather, finished products) for health safety and testing production sites for socially and environmentally compatible production conditions. Criteria and pollutant limits of the internationally uniform Oeko-Tex standards are regularly modified and expanded.
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The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) enables companies to record the exact proportion of recycled material in a product and track it through the production chain. The overriding “Content Claim Standard” defines, among other things, the traceability of goods and transparency in the production chain. In addition, GRS contains requirements on the additives used in GRS products as well as guidelines on environmental management and social responsibility within the company.
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Cotton made in Afrika

The foundation aims to improve the social, economic and ecological living conditions of cotton smallholders and their families in sub-Saharan Africa. To this end, it aims to promote sustainable and efficient cotton cultivation methods in accordance with its own standards. In the target countries, strategic partnerships, a demand alliance and the Cotton made in Africa certificate are to be established in order to give African cotton “appropriate esteem” in international trade and to increase the demand for African cotton in the sales markets.
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The “Better Cotton Initiative” was created to make global cotton production better for the people who work on it, better for the environment in which it grows and better for the future of the industry. The BCI connects people and organizations from across the cotton industry, from the field to the store counter, to achieve measurable and continuous improvements for the environment, farms and the economies of cotton producing regions.
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The basic idea of risk minimization according to bluesign® system is based on Input Stream Management, which means the elimination of hazardous chemical substances right from the beginning of the design and production processes. At the same time, the resource productivity will be optimized which leads overall to a minimum impact to people and the environment.
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The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a code of conduct dealing with child labour, working hours, health and safety at work, such as environmental-friendly production. Visit Website