The first ever GOTS conference in Africa will be held on the 5th of December 2021 alongside the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) at the Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will bring together organic cotton farmers, textiles processors and garment manufacturers from Africa with buyers from Europe and the Americas.
Four panel sessions will cover the following topics:
SESSION 1: Panel Discussion on Organic Cotton Production in East Africa (10:00 - 11:00)
This session presents a complete overview over organic cotton production in East Africa and discusses issues of quantity, potential for growth, quality, present and potential future sales channels, and means of securing fair income for the African organic cotton growers. The session focusses on the perspectives from producers.
SESSION 2: Presentation and Q&A: GOTS – The King’s Road to Sustainable Textiles (11:45 - 13:15)
This session provides an overview on the GOTS system, its development and latest achievements. Organic raw material should not go into conventional processing with its setbacks relating to use of undesirable chemicals, environmental problems and social issues. GOTS, the worldwide specialized processing standard sets strict – and binding – requirements regarding ecological and social parameters. It take into consideration the need for a standard that is practicable for industrial production and appropriate to a wide range of products. Taking both aspects into account, GOTS defines Organic Textiles as being processed with the least possible impact and residual natural and synthetic chemical inputs in a socially responsible way.
SESSION 3: Panel Discussion: From Field to Fashion Africa – Two Ethiopian Organic Textile Stories (14:30 - 16:00)
This session demonstrates the first five examples of a complete African Organic Textile supply chain
SESSION 4: Panel Discussion: The Buyers View (16:30 - 17:45)
This session shares the views of potential buyers of African Organic garments in Europe and the US. It touches, among other aspects, on availability, delivery, pricing and possible other means of securing fair income for the organic cotton growers.