India office of Danish Brand BESTSELLER organized a one day event titled ‘BESTSELLER Mill Day on Sustainability’ on 24th March 2017 in New Delhi, India. Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, was invited to speak about the “Global Organic Textile Standard - Introduction & Technical Criteria”.
Mr. Gupta explained the technical aspects of the Standard related to fibre usage, dyes/ chemical approval, environment, social compliance, labelling, packaging, etc. He also explained the traceability system in GOTS and Transaction Certificates (TC). He further told about the option of covering multiple shipments in a single TC and the newly introduced exclusion for wholly owned subsidiaries of a retailer.
He opined that brands can use GOTS as a benchmark to build a sustainable supply chain. They can either encourage their existing suppliers to follow GOTS or can choose from existing GOTS certified suppliers, that are listed on GOTS Public Database.
The audience comprised mainly of garmenting companies and wet processing units from India.
Amity University, Noida, India organized a two day National Conference on “Shaping India 2030: Sustainable Development and Socio-economic Perspectives and Challenges” on 23rd -24th March 2017. Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, chaired the technical session on ‘Textile Industry & SDGs’.
Mr. Gupta explained how sustainability standards like GOTS can be used as a tool by businesses to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also told that more than 11 SDGs are covered by GOTS and by implementing the standard companies can make meaningful contribution to society and SDGs at the same time. Other speakers in the session included Ms. Mona Gupta – Advisor, Practitioner & Educator; Mr. Vinay Singh- Manager Compliance, RCM Group and Mr. Rajib Saraf, Manager Operations, Himanshu Apparels.
The audience comprised mainly of students from the Amity University and other institutes in the region.
GOTS will be organising a national seminar for the organic textile industry in Bangladesh on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 at Hotel Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, Bangladesh. This property is certified according to ‘The Global Hotel Security Standard’. The theme of the conference is ‘Business Case for Sustainability with Organic Textiles’.
The seminar addresses challenges and explores feasible opportunities in the field of organic textiles for Bangladesh textile industry. The August gathering of thought leaders from various walks of sustainability (including compliance, regulation, quality assurance, green chemistry, chemical management) along with media and trade associations shall contemplate on the impact of investing in social and environmental responsibilities on economic success.
Registration Form, Current Agenda and other details can be found at our webpage.
Seminar Coordinator and GOTS Representative in Bangladesh & India, Mr. Sumit Gupta can be contacted at for any further details.