International GOTS Conference in India (May 22, 2015)

The First International GOTS Conference-‘Strong Partnerships for Success’, to be held on
May 22, 2015, in Mumbai, India.

India is the largest producer of organic cotton (around 70 per cent of the world). It is also the largest processing and export market of textiles using organic fibres. With more than 1,000 facilities, India is also the country with the highest number of GOTS certified facilities worldwide, which makes it actually the hottest sourcing destination for the same. However, even more commitment is required at garment stage to further exploit the potential in this sector.


The theme of the conference is ‘Strong Partnerships for Success’. This event will once again underline and highlight GOTS’ commitment to the Organic Textiles market in general, and India, in particular. 

“The conference will be a great opportunity for all players in the textiles value chain, who are committed to sustainability and looking towards implementing the business case for sustainability with the help of GOTS as their supply chain management instrument of choice,” says Claudia Kersten, GOTS’ Marketing Director.

Why India:

  • India is the leader in both organic cotton production and processing, with the largest number of GOTS certified facilities in the world.
  • India is a leading sourcing destination for the whole organic textile supply chain, with an emphasis on value added quality production.
  • India’s neighbours are Bangladesh and Pakistan, leading global sources for manufacturing finished garments.
  • There are significant environmental and social impacts of cotton production and processing in India. GOTS can help reduce these impacts.
  • The Government of India has an interest in and involvement with organic production and processing policies that can affect international trade.

Article Sources: global-standard.org and Apparel, March 2015 (CMAI Publication)

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog. He lives in India. linkedin

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