GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019 (GBDS19) shall be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 8th September 2019.
The theme of this year´s seminar is ‘Connecting for Success’. GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019 serves to bring together the key players. Speakers shall include representatives from brands, exporters, certifiers, chemical industry, and other significant stakeholders.
In 2018, Bangladesh reached second position (after India) in terms of GOTS certified facilities in the country. This growth trend showcases the commitment of the Bangladeshi textile industry to not only use organic fibres, but also to environmental and social compliances. Fire and Building Safety are included in GOTS criteria and the country has made significant progress in all these areas.
To sustain this growth, it is important that the industry is strongly connected with other stakeholders in the organic textile value chain. While connections within the country are important; active engagement with international stakeholders including suppliers and buyers are vital to the success of the industry.
Kindly fill in the Online Registration Form for participation. We invite you to Register Now for the seminar to avoid last minute rush. ‘The RMG Times’, Bangladesh is the local organising partner for this event. They are responsible for the registration and collection of registration fee. Post submission of the Online Registration Form, a confirmation email will be sent with available payment options.
To enhance diversity, participation is limited to two persons per company. We are expecting 250-300 senior colleagues from up to 150 different businesses/organisations from the industry.
The Seminar Agenda includes sessions on brands’ perspective, market updates, technical compliance, risk assessment and so on. Speakers from Bangladesh and other countries share their experiences in the field of sustainable textiles. For speaking opportunities, please contact the Seminar Coordinator Sumit Gupta.
Given the great response from participants in the previous event, the event was moved to a bigger venue this time. The seminar will be held at the International Convention City Bashundhra (ICCB), Dhaka. Located in a well-connected area with ample parking space. At the end of the seminar, a shuttle bus will be available to bring the participants to Kuril, which has better connectivity to public transport.
The seminar provides a great opportunity to showcase your brand to the sustainable textile community. Limited slots in different categories are available. More details can be found in the Sponsorship Brochure. For sponsorship and speaking opportunities, please contact Sumit Gupta or Prachi Gupta. For Delegate Registration, please contact Fazlul Haque, RMG Times.
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Through focused and challenging discussions, this one-day seminar shall address pressing issues relevant to the organic textiles industry. It shall equip participants with best practices and know-how relating to the biggest opportunities – and challenges – help to transform their supply chains to achieve efficiency through sustainability.
Along with speakers from the international GOTS team, it will also bring together top business leaders, brands, social and chemical compliance experts and practitioners, certification bodies and manufacturers, offering the exciting opportunity for a thorough exchange of experience and ideas.
We would like you to join us and look forward to welcoming you in Izmir on February 18th 2019.
GOTS Regional Seminar Turkey
Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
Time: 09.30 -17.30
Location: Movenpick Hotel Cumhuriyet Blv. NO:138 35120 Pasaport Izmir/Turkey
Registration Fee: 50 Euro + Tax
Local organizing partner Dalya is authorized by GOTS for collecting the registration forms and payments for the GOTS Regional Seminar Turkey, 2019 and will be providing this service under the confidentiality agreement. Please sign up online before filling the event registration form and proceeding to payment. Registration is required for all seminar participants, sponsors and accompanying persons. Registration and accommodation fees can be paid with credit card or wire transfer. The online registration portal has 3D secure credit card payment system.
Your registration and all payments will be confirmed in writing upon receipt of your online registration form and payment or proof of payment. Please do not forget to send proof of payment to for verification.
Please register here for the Seminar at our local partner Dalya
The seminar will include 3 different sessions:
The 1st session will be more about GOTS; we would like to share with you what is new and what is coming in GOTS as well as some practical information about the additional fibers and how to use GOTS as consumer facing label.
The 2nd session will be “Voices from Turkish Textile Industry”. You will have opportunity to listen from different parts of industry as like manufacturers, certifiers and brands.
In the 3rd session we invite you for interaction, topics will be shared with you during the event.
“It was my pleasure to participate in the seminar. All stakeholders of the industry were present here. I congratulate GOTS team for the success of GOTS India Seminar 2018”, Prasad Pant, Director - South Asia, ZDHC Foundation.
“It was a very positive gathering and GOTS has done great arrangements at all fronts. I could meet many new friends and I am really happy with the response what I got from the audience at the seminar”, D. Subaashkumaar, Vice President, Anugraha Fashion Mill Pvt Ltd, Tirupur.
“It was a wonderful gathering of Indian and international high level experts. We had concrete examples of investments in social and environmental aspects leading to business efficiency and profitability”, Claudia Kersten, GOTS Managing Director.
“I was very pleased with the response we had from across the supply chain, chemical manufacturers included. The speakers were on-point and the audience interaction was excellent. It all goes to show that GOTS in India has a sustained, growing future", Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS Managing Director.
“Indian consumers as well as Indian brands are looking for ecological fashion products, but gaps remain for criteria and communication. GOTS has the potential to fill these gaps by providing uniform criteria for sustainable production and communication in all parts of the supply chain”, Sumit Gupta, Seminar Coordinator and GOTS Representative in India & Bangladesh.
Detailed Seminar Report
More than 180 delegates from five countries attended ‘GOTS India Seminar 2018’, organised by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The seminar was held in Le Meridien Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India on 29th May 2018.
Seminar brought together all important stakeholders under one roof to discuss efficiency through sustainability. The attendees included International Brands & Retailers, Indian Fashion Brands, Textile Manufacturers, Chemical Suppliers, Testing Laboratories, Accreditation Bodies, Academicians, Industry Organisations, Certification Bodies, Standard Bodies, Media, Service Providers, Consultants and other important stakeholders from the field of organic textiles and sustainability.
The theme of the seminar was ‘Sustainability as Key to Business Efficiency’. With time, focus on sustainable development has significantly increased both in India and the world. Actively implementing guidelines for protection of environment and people is seen as the instrument to secure the future and reputation of operations in the long run. India has made immense progress in terms of processing of organic textiles. As per December 2017 data, out of the 5,024 facilities GOTS certified worldwide, the highest, more than 1,650 are in India.
In his welcome address, Sumit Gupta, Seminar Coordinator and GOTS Representative in India & Bangladesh, introduced the theme and the sessions for the day.
Four sessions of the seminar addressed the various aspects of efficiency in sustainable fashion and textile manufacturing. The sessions included buyers’ perspective, chemical compliance, social responsibility and futuristic certification systems.
Session 1 - Efficiency through Sustainability in Fashion: Buyers’ Perspective- was moderated by Ms. Claudia Kersten, Managing Director, GOTS, Germany. Ms. Kersten made a short opening presentation and explained how the eco/ social efficiency of a product or service is inversely proportional to its non-sustainable eco/ social impact.
The speakers in session 1 were Mr. Bruno Van Sieleghem, Sustainability & PR Manager, Stanley/Stella, Belgium; Mr. Gagan Kapoor, Global Cotton Supply Chain Responsible, H&M and Mr. Madhav Lohia, Brand Head, SoulSpace.
The Indian brand SoulSpace shared their vision of GOTS certified clothing line for Indian consumers as one of the first movers. International brands H&M and Stanley/Stella reconfirmed their commitment to organic textiles as a part of their strategy to achieve higher levels of sustainability in their respective supply chains.
Session 2 - Efficiency through GOTS Criteria and Chemical Compliance- was moderated by Mr. Prasad Pant, Director- South Asia, ZDHC Foundation.
The speakers for this session were Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance; D. Subaashkumaar, Vice President, Anugraha Fashion Mill Pvt Ltd and Prasad Pant, ZDHC Foundation.
It was learnt in the session how tools like GOTS & ZDHC concretely contribute to efficiency since they take over the work regarding chemical compliance management. Subaashkumar presented case-study on how investments in environmental compliances have led to increase in savings and therefore led to business efficiency and higher profitability.
Session 3- Efficiency through Social Compliance– was moderated by Herbert Ladwig, Policy and Legal Advisor, GOTS, Germany.
The speakers in this session were RS Balagurunathan, Founder, Anandi Enterprises; A Narayansamy, General Manager, Armstrong Spinning Mills; Mona Gupta, Founder Director, Sutradhara and Dr Binay Choudhury, Chairman, CU Inspections and Certifications India Pvt. Ltd.
This was a very interesting session with different perspectives on social compliance, its need, management and verification. While, Mr. Balagurunathan spoke about the inherent social benefits of organic farming. It was also evident that it is relatively difficult to measure efficiency in social sector as the most results are long term. We also need to improve communication about social matters- both with the workers and external stakeholders.
Session 4 - ‘Being Future Efficient: Evolution of Standard’- was moderated by Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS Managing Director. He made a presentation on the session title and shared the ongoing work in the field of GMO testing and the Central Database Project.
This was followed by a Panel Discussion on the topic, ‘Futuristic Certification Systems for Textile Chemicals’. The panellists were Mr. Lars Doemer, Co-Founder, GoBlu International, Germany; Dr Pankaj Desai, Head- Research & Development, Colourtex; Dr Rajesh Ramamurthy, Head – Product Stewardship Asia, Archroma; Dr Siva Pariti, Global Technical Program Manager, Sustainable Textile Solutions and Mr. Shriram Atgur, Head- Sustainability & Product Stewardship, AEON India.
Several panelists opined that Ecolabels like GOTS add value to product and process for both verification and effective communication. Harmonization of MRSLs as well as Health & Safety of workers at chemical manufacturing facilities was also discussed in the panel.
On behalf of GOTS team, Mr. Sumit Gupta summed up the proceedings of the seminar. He also proposed formal vote of thanks at the end of the event. He thanked all sponsors, partners, speakers, media and attendees for their respective contributions to the event.
The event was supported by AEON India, Messe Frankfurt (Lead Sponsors); Britacel, Texanlab (Silver Sponsors); Apparel Views, Images Business of Fashion, The RMG Times (Media Partners) and Creativiews (Local Organising Support).
Besides wonderful presentations and panel discussion, the day was filled with enthuastic participation from audience via Q&A in each session. Breaks were actively used by attendees for mutual interaction and generating new business connections.
High Resolution Photos of the event can be downloaded here.
Thank you to all who made this event successful. - Team GOTS
Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance
GOTS Representative in India & Bangladesh
GOTS India Seminar 2018
As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental cost of fast fashion, 2018 is predicted be the year that sustainability goes mainstream. Advances in textile process innovations can lead to sustainable development while at the same time improving efficiencies and enhancing profits. GOTS has been organising international and regional events since 2015. 'GOTS India Seminar 2018' is the third event in India organized by GOTS. Earlier events in Mumbai and New Delhi were highly appreciated by participants and industry.
The seminar is scheduled to be held on 29th May 2018 in Le Méridien Coimbatore, India. The theme for this seminar is ‘Sustainability as Key to Business Efficiency’. Stakeholders and actors from organic textile supply chains shall come together and contemplate positive initiatives to achieve business efficiency through sustainable practices.
Through focused and challenging discussions, this one-day seminar shall address pressing issues relevant to the organic textiles industry. It shall equip delegates with best practices and know how relating to the biggest opportunities – and challenges – help transforming their supply chains to achieve efficiency through sustainability.
Post Event Update: Presentations from the seminar can be downloaded from below links
Session 1: Efficiency through Sustainability in Fashion: Buyers’ Perspective
Gagan Kapoor, H&M
Bruno Van Sieleghem, Stanley/Stella
Madhav Lohia, SoulSpace
Session 2: Efficiency through GOTS Criteria and Chemical Compliance
Sumit Gupta, GOTS
D. Subaashkumaar, Anugraha Fashion Mill Pvt Ltd
Prasad Pant, ZDHC Foundation
Session 3: Efficiency through Social Compliance
RS Balagurunathan, Anandi Enterprises
A Narayansamy, Armstrong Spinning Mills
Mona Gupta, Sutradhara
Dr Binay Choudhury, CU Inspections and Certifications India Pvt. Ltd
Session 4: Being Future Efficient: Evolution of Standard
The seminar shall look at key issues such as:
Kindly refer to the Seminar Agenda for full details.
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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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