Textile Exchange Updates
Textile Exchange have published the Content Claim Standard (CCS-101) V3.1 and updated CCS Certification Procedures, policy and List of Banned Organisation.
CCS-101-V3.1 Content Claim Standard is effective immediately and will become mandatory on July 1st, 2022 (replacing CCS V3.0). Page 2 of the document contains more details, including the extended timeline for brand certification.
Updates in this version provide a few clarifications and the addition of criteria regarding the eligibility for certification (section B4). As a United States-based non-profit, Textile Exchange aligns its policies with the legislation of the United States and new criteria has been added to ensure the certification eligibility for standards are aligned with the latest legislative requirements. The criteria added in section B4 builds on previous guidance included in ASR-225 List of Banned Organizations, which has now been added to the CCS V3.1 directly to ensure clarity. The related guidance in ASR-225 will be updated upon its next publication to reference these new criteria within the CCS.
CCS-102-v3.0, CCS Certification Procedures, for conducting audits to the CCS v3.0. It may be used immediately and is mandatory as of 1st July 2022 (except for brand certification, which is mandatory as of 1st April, 2023).
CCS-105-v3.0, Policy for Alternative Volume Reconciliation (VR2),
Here is an extract from the Policy´s introduction: “The Content Claim Standard (CCS) relies on batch-level segregation of certified products, for both 100% certified content and blended products. Textile Exchange recognizes that this model may not be implementable for sites that run continuous production processes with reclaimed or recycled material inputs and are unable to maintain batch level segregation. These sites are typically first processors in the textile supply chain. The inclusion of these first processors in textile supply chains presents an opportunity for meaningful positive impacts in the industry since due to their processing of larger product volumes. This policy details the eligibility criteria and requirements for the use of alternative volume reconciliation (VR2) by organizations that meet eligibility criteria. VR2 criteria provide an option for mass balance credit accounting at the level of an individual site. This policy is effective April 1st, 2022. All audits and assessments conducted on or after April 1st , 2022 shall be conducted using the CCS-105 Policy for Alternative Volume Reconciliation (VR2) version 3.0. NOTE: V3.0 is the earliest version of this document to align with CCS V3.0.”