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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. Lori Wyman, North American Representative for GOTS.
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. As per year 2016 data, more than 1.4 million workers were 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 critical 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.
GOTS Pre-Conference, with the theme ‘Social Compliance Issues in the Organic Textile Supply Chain’, shall provide a great opportunity to debate the priorities for action in the context of the IFOAM-Organics International (IFOAM OI) Organic World Congress and the vital Organic 3.0 debate initiated by IFOAM OI. The pre-conference shall discuss and debate on pertinent issues like living wages, management of compliance, etc. The conclusions from the pre-conference shall be presented in Track 7.A of the 19th OWC.
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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.
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