SGS has undertaken quantity control assessment on cotton worldwide for over 80 years. During this time, cotton textiles have increasingly been made in different locations to where the fibre is produced. Consequently, either local or imported fibres are being used in the
production process.

An independent and neutral services provider is needed to oversee the complex requirements that farmers face in providing raw cotton through the trade to the mills producing yarns, who in turn have multiple buyers.  SGS is employed by the producers, traders and importers to represent them in assessing the raw material.  We conduct independent sampling and quality testing, ensuring verification of weights and damage. 

As a member of most of the cotton related trade associations in numerous countries around the world, SGS participates in their related working groups and committees where appropriate.  SGS provides its services to the entire supply chain from the farmer, to cotton
producers, the textile industry and retail brands. Our coverage of the entire industry gives us a unique insight as well as being beneficial in helping to guarantee quality and profits.

In this issue we introduce our primary cotton services teams and look at the issue of cotton fibre tracing.

Download Focus on Cotton:  Global Presence, Local Service (PDF 3.69 MB)

For further information, please contact:

Bruno Widmer
Global Business Manager - Fibres


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.