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Newsline-International | November 2016

GOTS seminar in Bangla to focus on sustainability

Global textile industry has never been as conscious for sustainability as it is today. Leading brands, NGOs, Governments and consumers are looking for innovative ideas and solutions for sustainability in textiles. Bangladesh has the largest apparel export industry in South Asia and, at 6.4 per cent, the largest market share of global apparel exports among South Asian countries. The apparel industry is extremely prominent in the country’s economy, accounting for 83 per cent of total exports.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) will be organising a national seminar for the organic textile industry in Bangladesh on November 23, 2016 at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, Bangladesh.

The theme of the conference is ‘Business Case for Sustainability with Organic Textiles’.

“In last few years, the brands’ and manufacturers’ focus on compliances have significantly increased. Our seminar will show feasible solutions for the journey of Bangladesh textile industry towards sustainable textile processing and manufacturing”, says Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in Bangladesh & India.

The event will be attended by representatives of brands, senior management of manufacturers and exporters, professionals from fields of compliance, regulation, quality assurance, green chemistry and chemical management and technical experts, along with media and trade associations. Registration form is available on GOTS website. Attendees will benefit from the conference by means of gathering new knowledge and insights in the fields of holistic environmentally and socially responsible textile processing and gain a better understanding of related problems and possible solutions.

Speakers from leading brands and various experts shall talk about business case for sustainability with organic textiles, best practices in manufacturing, social and environment issues. Rahul Bhajekar, GOTS Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, will be making a presentation and moderating a session.

There shall also be a panel discussion on challenges and opportunities in a sustainable textile supply chain. The current version of the seminar agenda is available on GOTS website. RMG Times, Dhaka, Bangladesh is the local organising partner for this seminar. In 2015, GOTS organised the 1st International GOTS Conference in India with the theme ‘Strong Partnerships for Success’.

It was a huge success and was attended by 250 people from 12 countries.

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