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GOTS Pre-Conference to 19th OWC

Zuletzt aktualisiert: Dienstag, 20. Juni 2017 20:10

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Topics like labour rights, collective bargaining, health & safety, occupational health hazards etc. have been part of business discussions from more than a decade. But in last few years, newer concepts like modern slavery, living wages etc. have enriched this discussion even further. Moreover, the discussions have reached the living rooms from board rooms, thanks to NGO activism and social media. Social compliances have been an integral part of GOTS since version 1.0 and compliance with the same is verified during GOTS audits. Currently, more than 1.4 million workers are working in GOTS certified facilities worldwide.

The GOTS Pre-Conference to 19th Organic World Congress (OWC) in India provides the ideal opportunity to review and discuss social impacts of organic textile processing globally and in the Indian region – the world leader in organic textile processing. This Pre-Conference will help to create and develop successful partnerships for further actions on apposite areas in field of social compliances needing urgent action. It is scheduled to be held on 8th November 2017 in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

Conference Theme:

GOTS Pre-Conference, with the theme ‘Social Compliance Issues in the Organic Textile Supply Chain’, shall set the stage for a discourse and change making on these issues in 19th OWC and on discussion on Organic 3.0. The pre-conference shall discuss and debate on pertinent issues like living wages, management of compliance, modern slavery, etc. The conclusions from the pre-conference shall be presented in Track 7.A of the 19th OWC.

Position in India:

  • India is the leader in both organic cotton cultivation and processing, with the largest number of GOTS certified facilities in the world.
  • Though social conditions in Indian textile industry are generally known to be better than its immediate neighbours, much more needs to be done to tackle consistently continuing issues like child labour, discrimination, payment of minimum wages etc.
  • So far, India has ratified six out of the eight core labour standards (Nos. 29, 100, 105, 111, 138 and 182), three out of the four “Governance” Conventions (Nos. 81, 122 and 144) and 38 out of the 177 Technical Conventions.

 

About 19th Organic World Congress (OWC)

OWC is a series of international conferences organised by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) held every three years in different parts of the world. 19th OWC is scheduled to be held in Greater Noida, India on 9th- 11th Nov 2017. The Congress shall hold a series of discussions and debates by leaders from the organic movement on how we can best promote and implement the organic agenda. The theme for congress is 'Global Adoption of Organic Principles for Truly Sustainable Agriculture'. Diverse topics with relevance to global and local progress would be discussed in the three days discourse. Track 7.A of the congress is focussed on Organic Textiles and Body Care Products and shall discuss ‘Challenges and opportunities for the development of organic textiles and cosmetics’. For more information on the congress, please visit the official website https://owc.ifoam.bio/2017/owc.

 

The 'Conference Brochure' can be downloaded here

The 'Seminar Agenda' can be downloaded here

The ‘Registration Form’ can be downloaded here. 

 

Conference Sponsors

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Media Partners       

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Local Organising Partner in India

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Contact:

Sumit Gupta

Conference Coordinator

Representative in India and Bangladesh

Email:  

Mobile: +91 9892270594