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GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD

ECOLOGY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

GOTS Case Study:
Sunflag Tanzania

A Commitment to Sustainability and Social Equity


Sunflag Tanzania Ltd, a leading knitwear manufacturer, produces a diverse range of garments, including men's, women's, kids', and baby wear. With a monthly capacity of 600,000 units, Sunflag combines convenience with conscientiousness by offering in-house printing and embroidery services. But what truly sets Sunflag apart is its dedication to sustainability and social equity.

A Legacy of Excellence

Established in 1965, Sunflag has been a pioneer in the textile and clothing industry. It operates as a fully integrated company in Arusha, Tanzania, employing over 2700 individuals and serving international markets.
Rooted in a history of vision and innovation, Sunflag's founder, Mr. Satya Dev Bhardwaj, established the first knitting factory in Kenya in the 1930s. Sunflag stands as a testament to unwavering commitment to the best raw materials, cutting-edge machinery, skilled manpower, and top-tier customer service. Over the past seven decades, the Sunflag Group has expanded its operations globally, with manufacturing facilities and offices in various countries.


A Vertical Factory

Sunflag operates as a vertical factory, consolidating all production processes within one location. This approach minimises the environmental impact of its garments. To ensure that its manufacturing is as eco-friendly as possible, all water used in the production process is meticulously treated by an effluent treatment plant. This ensures the water is free from dyes or harmful chemicals that could damage the ecosystem.


The Source of Organic Cotton


Sustainability and equality are central to Sunflag's operations in Africa. The company partners with organisations committed to supporting local farmers and businesses. All of Sunflag's cotton is rain-fed, reducing water consumption compared to irrigation-dependent regions. To transport the cotton from the farm to the ginnery, ox and cart are used, further lowering carbon emissions compared to traditional truck transportation in other countries.
Promoting Sustainable and Fair Farming
By championing sustainable and equitable farming practices, Sunflag ensures the highest quality of organic African cotton while investing in the future of communities across the Singida, Simiyu, and Tabora regions of Tanzania. The company’s support enables these regions to flourish.


Social Accountability

Sunflag Tanzania is deeply committed to social accountability, ensuring that all operations uphold national and international laws, and respect collective bargaining agreements. Its dedication extends to all parties involved in Its business, ensuring open and comprehensive communication. Through continuous monitoring, training, and improvement, Sunflag maintains and improves its Social Accountability Management System.


Step 5:
Prepare for the on-site audit


The Certification Body will inform you about the implementation and schedule an audit. It is important to prepare all necessary documentation and records for review, about which you will be informed by your Certification Body ahead of time. In case any non-compliances with the Standard are detected, these will be assessed and a timeline for correction will be provided to you.


Step 6:
Receive your GOTS Scope Certificate


Once you receive your GOTS Scope Certificate, you can leverage it to showcase your commitment to sustainable and ethical textile production. Your company will be found in the GOTS public database.