No products can be fully certified as being organic without either of the following two types of certification: Scope Certification (SC) for farms and factories themselves, and Transaction Certification (TC) for transactions between respective processes. Here is some more information about Transaction Certification , which assures traceability, or in more specific terms, allows you to track products through all stages of distribution.
Textile products are produced through a large number of processes from the raw materials stage to the delivery of finished products.
However, those performing each process have direct contact only with the processes that come immediately before and after their process. This means that in order to clarify the overall relations between individual processes, it is essential that a third party who is not directly involved in any production process should objectively verify the relations between individual processes from a comprehensive point of view. Organic certification bodies analyze whether each process is appropriate for the production of organic products by inspecting the arrival, shipping, and storage management of respective processes, as well as how products are handled as they are being manufactured, through examination of pay slips, processing instructions and other relevant documents and on-site inspections. In addition, they also inspect documents that indicate how the cotton raw material is turned into different forms and how it is moved from process to process, in order to verify the relationships between different production processes.
Our ten-i muhou products are third-party certified with Transaction Certification. This allows us to guarantee to both our business partners and consumers that our products are "organic products that are completely traceable from the raw materials stage to the delivery of finished products."
In our opinion, traceability certification by a third party is the most important part of organic product certification. We also believe that it is our responsibility to accurately communicate with the consumers that the flow of materials through many different production processes, from the growing of cotton to the delivery of finished products, is driven by the enthusiasm of individual producers to whom "being organic" matters very much.
Many organic cotton certification bodies in the world conduct only documentation examinations. This is particularly true in Japan.
By contrast, CUC also carries out on-site inspections.
In fact, CUC had spent as long as a year inspecting our company from many different angles, including not only organic cotton content percentages and whether our products are contaminated with restricted toxic chemicals, but also whether foreign substances get mixed into our products in storage and working conditions of our employees, before providing ten-i muhou with the certification. The GOTS mark is a sign of reliable organic products proven through these very strict inspections.