In an industry filled with allegations of greenwashing, certifications are everything—and Isko is adding another one to its belt for good measure.
The Turkish denim manufacturer announced it has become the first of its kind to earn the STeP by Oeko-Tex certification, a modular certification system for production facilities in the textile and leather industries.
STeP grades a company across six categories—chemicals management, environmental performance, environmental management, social responsibility, quality management, and health protection and safety at work—and looks for long-term implementation of sustainable processes.
“Responsibility and innovations go hand in hand at Isko,” Ebru Ozkucuk Guler, Isko senior sustainability and CSR executive, said. “To be awarded with such a prestigious certification is proof that one has to look at the big picture: Sustainable actions need to involve and take into account the entire value chain, in the long run, considering not only production steps but also the development of a healthy and safe work environment.”
STeP integrates the independent verification system Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex, which looks at the status of chemicals management and wastewater quality in compliance with the goals of the Greenpeace Detox Campaign.
This is just one of many certifications Isko has collected since it was founded in 1983 under its parent company Sanko Group. It earned both the EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan Ecolabel, and was the first company in the world to have both. Additionally, it holds the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS-TR) and others.