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First International GOTS Conference to Be Held in Mumbai May 22

PRESS RELEASE: Mumbai, India (March 12, 2015). The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)  is proud to announce its 1st International GOTS Conference: Strong Partnerships for Success, to be held Friday, May 22, 2015 in Mumbai, India.

Companies representing the entire organic textile supply chain will learn about brand and manufacturer experiences with GOTS, as well as the role of local and international policy.India is the largest producer of organic cotton (approximately 70 per cent of world production) and is also home to the largest number of GOTS-certified processing facilities. More than 1,300 GOTS certified facilities are in India representing more than one-third (approximately 35%) of the total number of GOTS certified facilities worldwide.

“We are looking forward to educating and stimulating the textile world about GOTS, and providing vital networking opportunities from the epicenter of the organic textile world,” says Mr. Sumit Gupta, Conference Coordinator and GOTS Representative in India and Bangladesh.

The participation of leading brands, suppliers, and the Indian government will provide excellent networking opportunities, and will also help to create successful partnerships including extensive buyer-seller opportunities.

Information about the conference, including the agenda, registration, and sponsorship, is available at http://global-standard.org/gotsconference.html. Attendees should plan their travel and visas well in advance. The Early Bird registration offer ends March 31.

About GOTS:

GOTS is the globally recognized standard in ecology and social responsibility for the processing of textiles made from at least 70 percent certified organic natural fibers. The stringent voluntary global standard addresses the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of textiles made with organic fiber (such as organic cotton and organic wool). Key provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), restricted substance list, and child labour, while requiring strong social compliance management systems and strict waste water treatment practices.