Responsible production
for people and planet.

OEKO-TEX® STeP certification sets the highest standards for both social and environmental aspects of textile and leather production, as well as for industrial laundries. This certification is a sign of responsibility towards employees and the environment, and supports a company’s journey towards more sustainable production.

Employees in STeP certified facilities
Countries with STeP certified facilities
STeP Auditors working with OEKO-TEX®

These are the benefits

  • Certification for all facility types in the entire textile and leather production. From fibre manufacturing to spinning or tanning to finishing and making-up.
  • Network of over 21,000 certified companies around the world for easier sourcing of chemicals, materials and business partners along the textile and leather chain.
  • Recognition of existing third-party standards and certifications e.g. BSCI, FWF, SA8000, ISO 14001, ISO 9001.
  • Additional exposure is provided by listings in the ZDHC Supplier to Zero or the BHive® App from GoBlu.
  • Cooperations with industry partners like ZDHC, GoBlu, SLCP, SLF are implemented in the certification.
  • The certification includes the Impact Calculator, a tool which calculates the carbon and water footprint of a facility and shows where proactive measures can be initiated to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint.
  • STeP certification enables you to apply for the OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN product label.

The STeP certification drives progress and empowers supply chain actors to embrace sustainability, strengthen their competitiveness and improve their economic position. STeP analyses all important areas of a facility using 6 modules: 

  1. Chemical management 
  2. Environmental performance 
  3. Environmental management 
  4. Social responsibility 
  5. Quality management 
  6. Health & safety

Do you want your business to become more sustainable? We help you develop your environmental management. Our Impact Calculator measures the carbon and water footprint at facility level and helps STeP certified facilities continue to advance their environmental management and performance. The Impact Calculator is offered within the STeP certification and access is free of charge for all STeP certified textile facilities.

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Do you have questions about our certifications and services, the way we test, legal requirements and norms? Go to our FAQ page or contact us per email.

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Would you like to get an OEKO-TEX® STeP certification and you are interested in detailed information regarding the certification process and the requirements? Visit our download area to discover the full documentation or apply for the certification.

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This is your path to certification

  1. ApplicationRegister online, complete and submit the application form
  2. Online Assessment: complete the questionnaire
  3. Analysis and Evaluation: By trained OEKO-TEX® STeP auditors
  4. On-site Audit: STeP auditor verifies assessment data
  5. Evaluation: STeP auditor provides corrective actions & support
  6. Certificate & final report: OEKO-TEX® prepares a detailed final report and issues a certificate for three years

Do you need more information? Download our STeP documents

OEKO-TEX® STeP - B2B Brochure
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OEKO-TEX® STeP - Factsheet
OEKO-TEX STeP Standard
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