Making a Business Case for GOTS Certification
Learn how the worlds universally recognized textile standard can validate your organic claim. Attendees will include Textile Manufacturers, Brands, Certifiers and Scholars.The venue is the Hilton Garden Inn Mount Pleasant, Charleston, South Carolina February 27 2018
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome greeting, Lori Wyman, North American Representative for GOTS.
9:15 – 9:45 How GOTS intersects with USDA’s National Organic Program and international organic programs, Gwendolyn Wyard Regulatory Director, Organic Standards & Food Safety for the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
9:45 – 10:15 GOTS - Standard Criteria and Labeling Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS Director of Standards Development and Quality Assurance.
10:15-10:30 Mid-morning break
10:30-11:00 The Business Case for Sustainability - Linking GOTS to Competitive Strategies. Claudia Kersten, GOTS Director of Marketing and Finance.
11:00 – 11:30 Today’s millennial consumer is tomorrow’s organic parent – a report on OTA’s recent marketing survey and international trade opportunities for GOTS certified textiles, Monique Marez, Director of International Trade for OTA.
11:30-Noon Q&A Panel with all morning speakers
Noon – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:30: How GOTS is strengthening the U.S. Apparel Industry. Speaker Marci Zaroff, CEO of the brands Metawear Organic and Under The Canopy.
1:30 – 2:00: How GOTS is strengthening the U.S. Home Décor Industry. Speaker Eileen Mockus, CEO & Proven Textile Innovator of Coyuchi.
2:00 – 2:30: Afternoon break
2:30-3:00: Safeguarding your company from “Greenwashing” through third-party verification. Angela Wartes-Kahl, Oregon Tilth Certification Organization (OTCO).
3:00 – 3:30 Sector specific circles to gather in small groups for networking "GOTS Connect".
3:30-3:45 Presenting "GOTS Connect Ideas"
3:45 – 4:00 Projections for GOTS going forward and closing remarks. Herbert Ladwig, GOTS Managing Director.