The 17th International Organic EXPO was held in PACIFICO Yokohama from 30th August to 1st September 2018. Over 160 exhibitors participated in the show and about 13.600 visitors attended during the 3 day period. The show is intended to increase B2B business opportunities and to educate consumers about organic. GOTS was an official supporter and also a member of the organizing committee. MIYOSHI Satoko, GOTS representative in Japan was a speaker for the Ethical labels seminar.
GOTS was official supporter of 3rd Organic Lifestyle EXPO held on 22nd and 23rd September 2018 at Tokyo International Forum (Tokyo). GOTS had a booth, and was also co-organizer of Organic Cotton Craft Market Zone.
Miyoshi Satoko, GOTS representative in Japan was a speaker at the seminar "Organic Lifestyle to achieve SDGs" that was held on September 22nd. The venue was a huge success with more than 24,000 people visiting the EXPO in two days.
The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu) invited GOTS to an interactive ‘International Expert Workshop’ of global experts on ‘Maintaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Worldwide through Sustainable Consumption’ from 8-11 October 2018, held on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. GOTS Deputy Director Mr. Sumit Gupta participated and made a presentation on ‘The Role of Eco-Labels in Fostering Sustainable Consumption & Production’. The presentation was followed by a Panel Discussion on the same topic with representatives from IÖW, cotton and soybean sector.
The key sectors in focus were Cotton, Soybean and Lithium. 24 international experts participated and presented about these industries and their related impact on biodiversity and environment. Key learnings include:
‘The International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards’ (ICSTS) was convened by the Quality Council of India (QCI) in collaboration with the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS). It was held at 17th & 18th September 2018 at the Andaz, New Delhi, India. GOTS was the Supporting Partner to this Convention.
Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance was invited as a panellist in the textile session. The title of the session was ‘Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Sectoral Initiatives and Responsible Sourcing Decisions in Textiles Value Chains”. The session was moderated by Mr. Rene Van Berkel from UNIDO.
Mr. Gupta explained that GOTS is a multistakeholder standard and has a transparent process for standard setting and revision. GOTS actively engages with other standards to avoid double working. He provided the example of social compliance, where GOTS has listed four social standards including SA 8000 in its Implementation Manual.
Mr. Gupta also elucidated how third-party standards, such as GOTS, can help to improve the supply chain interactions. He also referred to the recently released GOTS Factsheet on Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs).
“GOTS is a Consumer Facing label. GOTS certified businesses are able to make sustainability claims that are visible to the end consumer. Consumers can then make informed decisions and can also verify those claims on GOTS website”, concluded Mr. Gupta.