The second GOTS seminar, which concluded on 8 September 2019 in Dhaka, lived up to its theme of ‘Connecting for Success’.
It indeed did! There couldn’t have been a better platform than GOTS seminar to connect all supply chain actors. It was the second regional GOTS event in Bangladesh, after the one held in November 2016.
About 330 participants from across 6 countries came together to have fruitful discussions on sustainability and organic textiles.
And one couldn’t have asked for better participants – representing different stages of manufacturing industry like spinning, knitting, wet processing, garmenting as well as buying houses, international brands, certification bodies, testing laboratories, media and academics.
In addition to discussing the importance of traceability and transparency within the supply chain and communication of workers’ rights, the delegates also highlighted on an open and supportive attitude to collective bargaining, increased mutual consideration of certifications and capacity building among workers.
Besides, they also spoke about the need for robust internal systems for certification bodies.
Moreover, it was pointed out that GOTS was instrumental in improving the conditions in manufacturing units, e.g., some factories installed an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to become GOTS-certified.
Substantiating on this further, Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India & Bangladesh said “The large turnout is proof that GOTS successfully serves as a platform for its stakeholders to work on sustainable solutions together.”
It is imperative to note that GOTS’ Regional Representatives organise events worldwide to connect stakeholders and receive feedback on the specific needs of market players.