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)

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