Governing Organization

International Association Natural Textile Industry

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Assessment Type

Self assessment

Sectors Covered

Apparel and Carpets

Issues Covered

Carbon, CSR, Environmental Management, Ethical Trade, Quality, Waste and Chemicals Management, Water Related, Worker Safety


Since its founding, the International Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft (IVN) has pursued one goal: raising awareness for eco-friendly textiles among consumers, press and the retail trade. Providing facts about ecology in textiles supports a deliberate choice for eco-friendly textiles. Our focus is on the inherent quality of eco-friendly textiles on the strength of our conviction that quality is the strongest selling argument.  IVNs first step was to define and implement specific criteria pertaining not only to ecology and social accountability in production processes but also to high quality standards in the finished product. Products labeled with the quality seal NATURTEXTIL clearly demonstrate that it is eminently possible to produce modern, truly eco-friendly, socially accountable and high quality textiles. The association continues to broaden its range of activity. A new quality seal – NATURLEDER – has been initiated. The first products meeting this standard are currently being produced. We continue to deal with cutting edge issues pertaining to eco-friendly textiles such as CO²-balance, fair production, animal welfare issues, and allergenic potential. An increasingly significant aspect of the association's work is service for its members. Press- and PR support, creating a forum for business contacts, databanks for products or consultations regarding product certification are just a few of our services.

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