The GOTS certification (managed and controlled in Germany) certifies that cotton is grown without GMOs, without chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides), and with traceability from the cotton fields to the final customer including transaction certificates at each step.
But GOTS goes further and also provides:
• Reasonable and controlled water management for field irrigation in agricultural areas, where drought periods require artificial irrigation.
• The guarantee of respect for social working conditions based on the principles of the ILO (International Labour Organisation) and the UN (United Nations).
• The guarantee that GOTS certified finished products (home linen or clothing) have been manufactured (at all stages of production: spinning / weaving / dyeing / printing / printing / garment), without any toxic products; neither for the environment, nor for production workers nor for users.
• GOTS certification is the only one that requires certified brands to provide, during control audits, laboratory test reports proving that there is no trace of GMOs in the DNA of the cotton used, nor traces of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. These tests are complicated and expensive, but it is the only way to ensure that cotton is natural and harmless.
It is clear why GOTS is the most qualitative and the most reliable of all certifications.