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1st International GOTS Conference India - 22nd May 2015

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The GOTS International Conference in India provides the ideal opportunity to find out about organic textile processing globally and in the Indian region – the world leader in organic textile processing. GOTS is the leading standard in ecology and social responsibility for processing organic fibres. The Conference will help to create and develop successful partnerships.

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.


The 'Conference Brochure' can be downloaded here

The 'Sponsorship Brochure' can be downloaded here

The 'Registration Form' can be downloaded here

See the list of currently 'Registered Attendees' here

See the latest 'Conference Program' here

For any details, please contact:

Mr. Sumit Gupta

Conference Coordinator and

GOTS Representative in India and Bangladesh


Mobile +91 9892270594

Post Conference Report

Post Conference Report

First International GOTS Conference Highly Successful - Thanks to all!

Report by Sumit Gupta, 29 May 2015

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The flagship event by GOTS in Mumbai, India on 22nd May, 2015 was attended by more than 250 delegates from 12 countries including Brands & Retailers, Buying Agents, Manufacturers of Textiles and Additives (dyes, chemicals, enzymes), Certification Bodies, Testing Laboratories, Trade Associations, NGOs, Academics, Media, Consultants, etc. The theme of the conference was –Strong Partnerships for Success. The congregation initiated new partnerships and valuable discussions. The event got fabulous feedback from the attendees for quality of sessions, networking opportunities and eminence of delegates.

“We enjoyed the conference and we were very pleased to learn more about the players in the value chain of GOTS certified organic cotton products. As we move forward to push GOTS in the work-wear market, we look forward to stay in close contact and to meet you all again in the next GOTS conference”.

  - Dr. Ulrich Hofmann, Managing Director, Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany (Lead Sponsor) -


"It was a very good session and lot of valuable information from speakers from different areas of textiles and making better understanding and sharing benefits of GOTS as an assurance of quality product and commitment to environment and society".

  - Saurabh Gupta, Director (Global Sales), AEON Commercial Pvt Ltd, India (Lead Sponsor) -


I am very impressed by the large and high quality participation from all over the world and over all stages of the textile value chain - right up to the big brands. The spirit of change was in the air to take advantage and to boost the market potential of GOTS by building strong partnerships for success”.

 - Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director, Germany (Organiser) -


"It was a great event where I got the opportunity to meet professionals from almost all over the world & sharing of ideas with them. Conference sessions were well précised and venue was great. It was my pleasure to attend it".

  - Ehsanul Karim Kaiser, Esquire Group (Textile Division), Bangladesh (Speaker) -


“The level of expertise and knowledge of the speakers were excellent. I appreciate their positive attitude, willingness to explain concepts and opportunities to ask questions. The panels were very systematic and insightful”.

 - Raghu Venkataraju, Material Manager, PUMA Sports India Pvt. Ltd. (Attendee) -


“This Conference, first of its kind, on GOTS sends right melodious note to the Textile and apparel stakeholders all over the world who will soon find it resonating with the essential commitment to Sustainable Textile and apparel production. Congratulations for organizing such a beautiful and very meaningful conference as time as time spent there was rightfully invested. Congratulations to GOTS Team and you all deserve appreciations”.

 - Prof. (Dr.) M. D. Teli, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India (Invitee) -


“I think this was a very well-organized and coordinated event. It provided a very good platform for all the participants representing various segments of the supply chain including brands & retailers to brainstorm and discuss on the pertinent issues and the critical challenges. It was a great experience overall and heartiest congratulations to Team GOTS for a wonderful event“.

  - Arvind Rewal, Regional Director – South Asia, CottonConnect (Invitee) -


“The insights I have gained from this one conference far exceed any other conference I have attended to date. Wonderful, insightful & well presented! The panel discussions were of great relevance in respect to current scenario of organic textiles, GOTS 4.0 & audit protocols”.

  - Dipankar Bose, Sustainability & Compliance Manager, Arvind Ltd, India (Attendee)


“Panel Discussion in Session 4 in GOTS Conference was really a great moment, where I’ve seen the high level of knowledge and expertise of the Indian operators and chemical manufacturers. I appreciated participating in such a good debate”.

 - Vincent DURET, Ecocert Greenlife SAS, France - 



“I could gain a brilliant network of people who are dedicated to organic and sustainable fashion; improved my understanding & knowledge about green business”.

 - Prakash Jha, Cocccon UG, Germany (Attendee) -


“The conference was a wonderful opportunity to network with national and international players in textile sustainability industry. The session topics were insightful and we look forward to the next GOTS conference”.

 - Dhawal Mane, Pratibha Syntex Ltd, India (Attendee) -


The ‘1st International GOTS Conference’ was organized by GOTS in The Lalit, Sahar, Mumbai, India on 22nd May 2015. The event was well attended by international brands, buying houses, Indian brands and exporters from the Indian subcontinent. The audience comprised of 250 attendees from 12 countries. GOTS has globally been participating in many international conferences, exhibitions and other strategic events, but this was the first instance when the standard organization itself organized an event of such a grand magnitude.

To begin the day, Sumit Gupta, Conference Coordinator and GOTS Representative in India & Bangladesh, welcomed the audience. He gave the background of the event and outlined the sessions planned. He also informed audience that ample time had been reserved for questions, networking and discussions, while encouraging them to proactively participate in the question-answer slots planned at the end of each session.

This was followed by lighting of the lamp in traditional Indian way.

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Gupta introduced Herbert Ladwig, Managing Director, GOTS, Germany and invited him for his ‘Managing Director’s Address’.

Ladwig welcomed the audience again said that he was overwhelmed by the number of delegates from all areas of the organic textile industry. He went on to describe the story of GOTS, which started out 14 years ago.

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“India, as the country with the highest number of GOTS certified facilities worldwide, is the most suited venue for this event. It were the Indian textile operators who almost enthusiastically greeted GOTS with tremendous ease to their export operations. Today, out of the more than 3600 facilities GOTS certified worldwide, more than 1300 are in this country,” he remarked. He also expressed his happiness on the DGFT notification in first week of May 2015 explicitly excluding organic textiles from the new procedures for export of organic products. Ladwig appreciated DGFT and Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India for this industry friendly move. Sharing his dream of a New Concept of Quality, he said, “If ecological civilization and thus sustainable production has to become mainstream, a fundamental change of the concept of good product quality is necessary. The perception of good quality must be transformed into a holistic one, where a product not produced in a sustainable way, is considered bad quality even if it is fashionable, fitting, and colourful. Its sustainable production must become part of the product identity”. His dream of new concept of quality was greeted with a big round of applause and initiated more discussions over the day.

MD’s Address was followed by ‘Key Note Address’ by Conference Coordinator Sumit Gupta. Giving his Keynote Address, Gupta spoke about the growth of GOTS in India and Bangladesh. He also emphasized on correct use of labelling and making the right claims about organic textiles. Speaking about the theme of the conference, he opined that sustainability is a complex concept and therefore the whole supply chain has to work in a strong partnership to achieve this goal. Trust and long term commitment is required form both buyers and suppliers. Gupta concluded his address by saying that only together we are strong.

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The first session was titled “Storytelling: Brands’ and Retailers’ Business Case for Sustainability through GOTS” and was moderated by Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director, Germany. Kersten introduced the panelists and gave a short presentation to start the session.

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Kersten discussed ‘The Business Case for Sustainability’ and linked Sustainability based textile standards to competitive strategies using the example of GOTS. She explained that the environmental and social management systems are often installed parallel to the economical ones. This needs a lot of coordination, is often not very efficient and leads to a lack of support from the management- because the correlation between environmental/ social management and the economic success of the company is not made clear. It is better to define the Business Case for Sustainability and to integrate all dimensions of sustainability: the management of ecological and social aspects in the view of the economic success and the economic value of brands and companies. She also stressed that brands should label GOTS on their products instead of using self-claims.

Dr. Ulrich Hofmann, Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany, started by giving a brief history of Brand Fashion Group, its social green initiatives, projects and activities. Speaking about the expectations from GOTS, he said that there should be improved traceability of supply chain starting with organic cotton farming and the need to increase organic cotton supply.

Shishir Goenka, Fusion Clothing Co., India in his presentation spoke about the journey of FCC with GOTS and the benefits that accrued to them like increased work environment safety, increased workers morale, improvement in company’s image, Increased sales opportunities over uncertified companies, increased public acceptance of company, reduction in labour turnover; reduced operation costs and reduced effect on environment.

Charline Ducas, C&A Europe, connected with the audience through a pre-recorded presentation since she could not make it to the conference due to last minute visa issues. The presentation described the journey and commitment of C&A towards eco-friendly sustainable production of garments. Ducas also spoke about C&A's recently launched baby line with GOTS Label in retail.

Presentations were followed by Q&A from the audience. Sharafat Mallik, C&A Sourcing International, India was invited on the dais to represent Ducas and answer relevant questions. Questions related to price premium, supply chain management, promoting certified organic products in retail in India were raised. The session ended with concluding remarks by the moderator.

Prachi Gupta, Technical Assistant to Sumit Gupta, offered a scarf to Kersten and ties to Dr. Hofmann, Goenka and Mallik as a token of appreciation for contributing to the conference. The scarves and ties were GOTS Certified made of 100% organic silk by Cocccon India. Interestingly, all the panelists decided to wear those ties on the stage and posed for a fantastic photograph with the Moderator, Conference Coordinator and Prachi Gupta.

This was followed by felicitation of Lead Sponsors by Ladwig. He felicitated Kerstin Hofmann from Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany and Saurabh Gupta from AEON Commercial India Pvt. Ltd., India.

The second session was titled “Going for GOTS” and was moderated by Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, Germany. Bruegel gave his opening remarks and introduced the panelists.

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Dr. Binay Kumar Choudhury, General Manager, Control Union Inspections and Certifications India Pvt Ltd and Member of GOTS Certifiers' Council, gave the first presentation on ‘Audit Checklist and Methods: Ecological and Social Compliance’. He spoke about how an audit checklist is prepared and methods of auditing, how auditing has developed throughout the years, the challenges and opportunities that auditing faces today, changes needed in the auditing process, and the need for ecological and social auditing.

Rahul Bhajekar, Technical Committee, GOTS and General Manager, Hermes Eco Laboratories, India next spoke about ‘Risk Management in Chemical Use and Testing’. He gave details about technical requirements in GOTS, the requirements for chemicals, testing procedures, chemical parameters considered in assessment and testing of dyes and chemicals, ‘Risk Assessment’ for GOTS certified goods etc. He also cautioned that requirements are never static and we shall have next GOTS Version in 2017 and therefore, have to sit through the presentation again (!).

Apart from moderating the session, Bruegel also made a presentation on ‘Labelling Organic Textiles- Legal Conditions and GOTS Requirements’. He gave details about the legal basis existing in the EU, USA and in India on the labelling of ‘organic fibres and textiles’. He then spoke about the applicable certifications to enable “organic product” claims for textiles. He said that GOTS labelled product in the retail market is the final result of the certification procedures of the entire supply chain and a visible commitment to the consumer that the product complies with all requirements of the standard. Thus correct and complete labelling is of utmost importance for the credibility of the standard, its certification system and its users. In all cases the GOTS labelling can only be applied to the product/ packaging by a Certified Entity and must have been approved by the Certified Entity's Approved Certifier in advance of its application. He gave details about the requirements for companies labelling and/ or selling GOTS goods in the supply chain and the requirements/ checklist for retailers before selling labelled GOTS goods. He explained difference between correct and incorrect labelling with pictorial examples.

Presentations were followed by Q&A from the audience. Questions like use of GOTS label by additive suppliers, GMO testing at later stages of production and TC issuing procedure etc were raised. The session ended with concluding remarks by the moderator.

After the panel discussion was over, Prof (Dr.) MD Teli from ICT, Mumbai offered the mementoes to the speakers.

This was followed by felicitation of Silver Sponsors by Bruegel. He felicitated Asha Devadas from Expoknits International, India; Anil Jadhav from Ecocert India Pvt. Ltd. and Priyanka Pawar from Messe Frankfurt, India.

Third Session was a panel discussion on ‘Sustainability Standards: National or International? -The Role of International Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Relation to National Statutory Compulsory Sustainability Standards’. This panel was moderated by Arvind Sinha, Business Advisors Group, India. The participating Panel Members were Mathieu Lamolle, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland (via video message presentation), Herbert Ladwig, GOTS, Germany, Prabha Nagarajan, Textile Exchange, India, and Siddhartha Rajagopal, The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), India.

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Being a vast topic, discussions touched different aspects of standard setting, implementation, credibility, challenges, limitations, practicality of voluntary/ statutory standards.  Each of the panelists lent their own insights and opinions on the said subject.  

Opening remarks by Sinha were followed by the video message by Lamolle. He said, “…Development of national statutory standards in addition to the existing international sustainability standards could easily create obstacles to trade. International standards do encompass a global perspective and are developed in the view of making international supply chains more efficient – which is obviously particularly important in cases where supply chains are organized globally, as in the case of the textile and apparel industry…”. Ladwig opined that standards should be voluntary; however the governments can adopt and enforce private standards, as USDA has set an example by formally accepting GOTS for sale of textiles labelled as organic via its policy memorandum dated May 2011”.

Prabha suggested that standards offer easy harmonisation and therefore decrease cost of goods by reducing burden of multiple compliances. She further stressed on credibility of both voluntary and statutory standards. Siddhartha raised some strategic questions to the elite group in his turn, like legitimising private mode of governance in areas of public interest. He also questioned if state system procedures were heavy and private governing procedures lighter. These topics were further discussed during the panel and forayed into new thoughts and deeper insights.

In his concluding remarks, Sinha observed that a whole day’s discussion would not be sufficient to conclude this topic. But he aptly remarked that there needs to be cooperation between different stakeholders for the benefit of the industry.

After the panel discussion was over, Bhajekar (GOTS Technical Committee) offered the mementoes to the moderator and panelists.

This was followed by felicitation of Bronze Sponsors by Kersten. She felicitated P. Vivekanand from Armstrong Spinning Mills (P) Ltd.; Ketan Gandhi from Britacel Silicones Ltd.; Sandeep Bhargava from OneCert International Pvt. Ltd. and Monika Aggarwal from SRC Natura Products Ltd. India.

This was followed by the video “Changes in Version 4.0”. This 22 minutes video informed about changes in Version 4.0 as compared to GOTS Version 3.0.

The final session was a Panel Discussion on ‘Supply Chain: Challenges and Opportunities with GOTS’, which had representation from farming to garmenting and certification. This session was ably and aptly moderated by Ullhas Nimkar, NimkarTek Technical Services Pvt Ltd, who drove the discussions forward with his insightful questions for the panelists. The Panelists were Amit Shah, Spectrum International Pvt Ltd, India (representing farming & ginning), A Narayanasamy, Armstrong Spinning Mills (P) Ltd, India (spinning, weaving, knitting), Dr. Dileep Wakankar, Archroma India Pvt Ltd, India (dyes and chemicals); GP Kanchi, Mandhana Industries Pvt Ltd, India (wet processing), Dr. BD Ginde, Texan Laboratories Pvt Ltd, India (laboratory/ testing), Ehsanul Karim Kaiser, Esquire Group (Textile Division), Bangladesh (garmenting) and Vincent Duret, Ecocert Greenlife SAS, France (certification body).

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Nimkar opened the session with a short background for the need for sustainable textiles. He stressed that sustainability is now a necessity and also enlightened about benefits for textile industry to change over from conventional to organic. Nimkar asked questions to each panelist relevant to his sector. All three pillars of sustainability, namely economic, social and environmental were discussed at length. Each panelist shared his views on price premium of sustainable textiles from his field. Child labour, worker safety, training & awareness were discussed, with focus on enhanced fire safety guidelines in GOTS Version 4.0. Issues related to toxicity and harmful substances in supply chain, especially in dyes and chemicals were also discussed.

Shah opined that though yield is an issue in organic farming, yet this can be addressed via long term commitment from farmers and buyers. He further stressed that restructuring farming models is required to make it more interesting for the farmers. Responding to a question from Nimkar, Wakankar informed that natural dyes have issues with fastness, standardization and consistency; while Narayanasamy told the audience that they do fire safety drills with simulated conditions on a regular basis. Ginde and Kanchi emphasized upon importance of safety equipment like masks and helmets. Question was raised on new mandatory TC rule and relevant challenges were discussed by Duret.

Marcus Bruegel (GOTS Technical Director) was brought into the discussion to inform the audience about GOTS Monitor (Water/ Energy), which is a fantastic tool available on GOTS website to GOTS Licensees free of cost. Kaiser added that they are already using the tool to monitor water/ energy consumption and for strategic decision making, thereby reducing cost and effluent load in their wet processing unit in Bangladesh.

The Panel Discussion was extremely interactive, the members from the audience also keenly participated by posing their specific questions to the panel members. Owing to the immense audience participation, Sumit Gupta (Conference Coordinator) gave additional five minutes for this session.

After the panel discussion was over, Arvind Rewal from Cotton Connect offered the mementoes to the moderator and three panelists. Prabha Nagarajan from Textile Exchange offered the mementoes to the other four panelists.

This was followed by felicitation of Bronze Sponsors by Dominique Pralon-Wissinger (GOTS Representative in EU- Brands). She felicitated Dirk Teichert from CU Inspections and Certifications India Pvt. Ltd., Vikas Saraf from Saraf Organics Pvt. Ltd., Vinod Kumar from Texan Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. and Sunil Chari from Rossari Biotech Limited. Manjiri Parajape accepted the sponsor’s certificate on behalf of Chari.

The conference was finally concluded with Herbert Ladwig thanking all those who made the event a success. He expressed his delightfulness and gratitude to see the hall full of audience at the time of his closing address. He proposed a formal vote of thanks and closed the event.

The conference was followed by a cocktail dinner.

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Presentations and Videos

{Presentations and Videos

Links to Presentations and Videos

Session 1:

Storytelling: Brands’ and Retailers’ Business Case for Sustainability through GOTS

Moderator: Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director, Germany

GOTS Simple Show Clip (4 minutes)


  1. Charline Ducas, C&A Europe
  2. Dr. Ulrich Hofmann, Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany
  3. Shishir Goenka, Fusion Clothing Co., India


Session 2:

Going for ­­­­GOTS

Moderator: Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, Germany

Audit Checklist and Methods: Ecological and Social Compliance

Dr. Binay Kumar Choudhury, General Manager, Control Union Inspections and Certifications India Pvt Ltd, India

Risk Management in Chemical Use and Testing

Rahul Bhajekar, Technical Committee, GOTS and General Manager, Hermes Eco Laboratories, India

Labelling Organic Textiles- Legal conditions and GOTS Requirements

Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, Germany

Session 3:

Sustainability Standards: National or International? -The Role of International Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Relation to National Statutory Compulsory Sustainability Standards

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Arvind Sinha, Business Advisors Group, India

Mathieu Lamolle, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland (Recorded Video Presentation)

GOTS Video- Changes in Version 4.0 (English Version, 22 minutes)

Conference Program

Conference Program

The final versionof the 'Conference Program' can be accessed here. Please visit again soon for updated version of the conference program.


Thursday, 21st May 2015 (Courtyard Marriott, Andheri (E), Mumbai)

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Pre-Conference Networking Dinner for "Sponsors and Speakers" only.


Friday, 22nd May 2015 (Majestic Ballroom I, The Lalit, Sahar, Mumbai)

08:00 am to 6:00 pm: 1st International GOTS Conference (Agenda)

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Networking Dinner for all attendees

Download Conference Guide 

Part 1 (7 MB)

Part 2 (7 MB)

Part 3 (7 MB)


Links to Presentations and Videos

Session 1:

Storytelling: Brands’ and Retailers’ Business Case for Sustainability through GOTS

Moderator: Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director, Germany

GOTS Simple Show Clip (4 minutes)


  1. Charline Ducas, C&A Europe 
  2. Dr. Ulrich Hofmann, Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany
  3. Shishir Goenka, Fusion Clothing Co., India

Session 2:

Going for ­­­­GOTS

Moderator: Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, Germany

Audit Checklist and Methods: Ecological and Social ComplianceDr. Binay Kumar Choudhury, General Manager, Control Union Inspections and Certifications India Pvt Ltd, India

Risk Management in Chemical Use and TestingRahul Bhajekar, Technical Committee, GOTS and General Manager, Hermes Eco Laboratories, India

Labelling Organic Textiles- Legal conditions and GOTS RequirementsMarcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, Germany


Session 3:

Sustainability Standards: National or International? -The Role of International Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Relation to National Statutory Compulsory Sustainability Standards

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Arvind Sinha, Business Advisors Group, India

Mathieu Lamolle, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland (Recorded Video Presentation)


GOTS Video- Changes in Version 4.0 (English Version, 22 minutes)

Delegate Registration

Delegate Registration


The registration for 1st International GOTS Conference had to be closed, because it is fully booked out. If you missed it this year, we hope to see you at our next conference. For list of registered companies, please scroll down.


 Information for registered delegates:

  • Entry will be regulated through payment receipts issued by our local organising partner- Colour Publications. Please carry a print of the payment receipt that should clearly mention the receipt number.
  • In case you have registered but not received the payment receipt yet, please contact Mr. Radhakrishnan
  • International delegates who have submitted registeration forms but could not pay due to credit card gateway issue, can pay in cash (Indian Rupees) at the Registration Desk at the venue. Please reach the Registratoin Desk at 8:00 am for a smooth registration.
  • For Hotel and travel related information, please refer to 'Travel & Accomodation'


The Registration Form can be downloaded here. (PS: This is a device writable form. You can fill your details in the highlighted sections using Adobe Reader)

The conference fee includes attendance, buffet lunch, and buffet dinner.

For fee and modes of payment, please refer to the Registration Form.

Why Attend?

  • Learn about best practice in the organic textile supply chain.
  • Network with domestic, regional and international suppliers, manufacturers and buyers.
  • Share experiences with industry colleagues and supply chain partners.
  • Find practical solutions to help your business benefit from organic opportunities.
  • Gather new knowledge and insights in this field.
  • Gain a better understanding of related problems and possible solutions.
  • Learn about best practices and the business case for sustainability.
  • Excellent platform for business networking and finding new partners.


Who Should Attend?

  • Brands 
  • Retailers
  • Buying houses
  • Policy Makers
  • Certification and accreditation services
  • Processors (dyeing, printing, finishing units)
  • Input suppliers (dyes, enzymes, chemicals)
  • Manufacturers (ginning, spinning, weaving, knitting, garmenting units)
  • Environmentalists
  • Media and press
  • Social compliance and worker safety organisations
  • Trade Unions


Below is a list of companies that have already registered: 

  • Aeon Commercial India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Aeshaane
  • Anna Sova Home, USA
  • Apan Imex Pvt Ltd
  • Apparel Online
  • Apparel Times
  • Archroma India Pvt Ltd
  • Aria Clothing
  • Armstrong Knitting Mills
  • Armstrong Spinning Mills (P) Ltd
  • Aruna Fashion Exports
  • Arvind Limited, Naroda
  • Arvind Limited, Santej
  • Asian Dyer
  • Asian Textile Journal
  • Auro Textiles (A unit of Vardhman Textiles Ltd)
  • Azureland Organic Co.  Ltd, Taiwan
  • BD Somani Institute of Art & Fashion Technology
  • BIMECO Garnhandel GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • bioRe (India) Ltd
  • Bloch & Behrens Wool (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand
  • Brands Fashion GmbH, Germany
  • Britacel Silicones Ltd
  • Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (I) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Business Advisors Group
  • C&A Sourcing International
  • C&A, Europe
  • Catex Overseas Import Export Pvt. Ltd.
  • Centre for Labor Research and Action
  • Chromolin Capital Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
  • Cocccon India
  • Colorband Dyestuffs Pvt. Ltd.
  • Colourtex Industries Pvt Ltd
  • Conquest Quality Systems Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Control Union Inspections and Certifications India Pvt Ltd
  • Cotton Blossom (India) Pvt Ltd
  • Cotton Connect South Asia Pvt Ltd
  • Coyuchi, USA
  • Croda India Company Pvt. Ltd.
  • CU Certifications Ltd, Bangladesh
  • CUTS International
  • D’Decor Home Fabrics Pvt Ltd
  • Daily Cotton Marker Report
  • Deep Cotsyn
  • Deeps Texstyles Pvt Ltd.
  • Digitex Colour Solution          
  • DyStar India Ltd.
  • EAT India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Ecocert Greenlife SAS, France
  • EcoCert India Pvt Ltd
  • Emperor Textiles Pvt Ltd
  • Ernsting's Family GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • Esquire Knit Composite Ltd, Bangladesh
  • Esteam Apparel Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Expoknits International
  • Fibre2Fashion
  • Footwear Design and Development Institute, (Jodhpur)
  • Footwear Design and Development Institute, (Noida)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Fusion Clothing Co.
  • Global Sustainable Certification Services Ltd, Bangladesh
  • Go Green Textiles India
  • Green Promotion, Germany
  • Green Purchasing Network India (GPNI)
  • Group Ashima
  • GTA News
  • Hans Natur, Germany
  • Herbal Fab
  • Herbal Fab
  • Hermes Eco Laboratories
  • Himanshu Apparels
  • Home Fashions
  • Huntsman International (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • I.P. Textile
  • Images Group
  • Indian Apparel / Apparel Talk
  • Indian Inc.
  • Indian Stitchers
  • Indofil Industries Limited
  • Indophile
  • Institute of Chemical Technology
  • Itochu Corporation Textile Company, Japan
  • Joes Merchandising Services Pvt Ltd
  • Journal of Textile Association
  • K.P. Clothing
  • Kitex Ltd.
  • Liz Fashion Industry Ltd., Bangladesh
  • Loocust Incorp
  • Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan samstha's School of Fashion Technology
  • Malmo Exports Pvt Ltd
  • Mandala Apparels
  • Mandhana Industries Pvt. Ltd
  • Mayfair Textiles L.L.C., UAE
  • Messe Frankfurt
  • Messe Nuremberg India Pvt Ltd
  • Morico Organic
  • Natur Tec India Pvt. Ltd.
  • NimkarTek Technical Services Pvt Ltd
  • Omax Cotspin Pvt. Ltd.
  • OneCert International Pvt Ltd
  • Organic Weave Ltd.
  • OTTO-AGN International Ltd.
  • Paramount Textile Mills Pvt. Ltd.
  • Piece & Co, U.K.
  • Pratibha Syntex Limited
  • Prodin Sporting Pvt Ltd (Decathlon)
  • Proverbs by Efua, UAE/ USA
  • PT Fashion Team, Indonesia
  • PUMA Sports India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Purecotz Ecolifestyles Pvt.Ltd.
  • Purvi Doshi
  • PVH
  • Pyar Hope, USA
  • Radha Krishna Fibers
  • Raymond-UCO  Denim Pvt. Ltd
  • Reliable Analytical Laboratories Pvt ltd.
  • Resil Chemicals Pvt Ltd
  • RINA India Pvt Ltd
  • Rising Tradelink Limited (Bhu:sattva)
  • Rossari Biotech Ltd
  • Sachik Home Lifestyle LLP
  • Saraf Organics Pvt Ltd
  • Society of Dyers and Colourists
  • Spectrum International Pvt. Ltd.        
  • Spenta Multimedia
  • SRC Creations
  • SRC Natura Products Ltd.
  • Sri Kalyan Export Private Limited
  • Star Silk Exports Pvt Ltd
  • Suminter India Organics
  • Sunny Made Ups
  • Superlink Enterprsies
  • Sustainable Textile & Agriculture Commodities (STAC) Pvt.Ltd.
  • SVT College of Home Science
  • Synkromax Biotech Private Limited
  • TANATEX Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Target Sourcing  Services
  • Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd.     
  • Tecoya Trend
  • Teri Universitry
  • Testtex India Laboratories Pvt.  Ltd
  • Texan Laboratories Pvt Ltd
  • Texsyard International
  • Textile Association of India
  • Textile Excellence
  • Textile Exchange
  • Textile Value Chain
  • TFT Biotech India Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Ainnurruvar
  • The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL)
  • The Fashion rEvolution, Germany
  • The Indian Textile Journal 
  • The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills Pvt. Ltd.
  • The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA)
  • UL Quality Assurance Pvt. Ltd
  • United Certification Services Ltd, Bangladesh
  • Vardhman Fabrics, Budhni (A Unit of Vardhman Textile)
  • Vardhman Textiles Ltd
  • Vaspa Exports
  • Wayam
  • Welspun India Limited
  • Women's Wear Daily (WWD)
  • Zeme Organics Pvt. Ltd
  • Zydex Industries

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a sponsor of the GOTS International Conference!

The Sponsorship Brochure with details of the benefits per sponsorship category can be downloaded here.


Why Sponsor?

  • Enhance awareness of your brand
  • Demonstrate your company’s commitment to organic textiles and sustainability
  • Increase your brand visibility to the key stakeholders in the sustainable textiles field
  • Position your brand alongside some of the leading industry figures and key executives involved in the global sustainable textile sector
  • Gain heightened visibility before, during and after the event


Who Should Sponsor?

  • Brands and retailers selling textiles made from organic fibres
  • GOTS certification bodies
  • Suppliers of organic textile products looking forward to increase their market share
  • Integrated textile companies
  • GOTS approved Input suppliers (dyes, enzymes, chemicals)
  • Specialized Service Providers in the field of sustainability and compliance
  • Service providers to textile industry (software, logistics, marketing, consulting etc.)



How to become a Sponsor?

Please download the Sponsorship Brochure here  and contact Mr. Sumit Gupta ()


We thank our Current Sponsors for their support!


Lead Sponsor


Brands Logo NEU2 2015Brands Fashion is a leading supplier of social green workwear, promotional textiles and private label productions located in Germany. Brands Fashion runs a GOTS certified production facility in Poland and offers additional production solutions from Asia and Europe. Brands Fashion develops sustainable textiles for a wide range of customers and plays an active role in many initiatives regarding social compliance and better product quality. In 2013 Brands Fashion started the social green fashion label „shirts for life“ (www.shirtsforlife.biz) to support educational development projects in Asia.


AEON LogoAEON is one of the most strategic textile supporting company growing globally with its range of products, solutions & services across different areas of textiles covering from the fibre production to fabric construction to processing till garments and made ups. The company is com­mitted to sustainable development and environment protection. Several of its products are already listed in GOTS Positive List.




Silver Sponsor


Expoknits LogoExpoknits International, a company founded in 1990 by Mr. CV Devadas and Mrs. Asha Devadas in Tirupur, India is today one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of knitted garments to the region of Scandinavia. The company houses two well-equipped factories, both approved for GOTS, SA 8000 and Oeko-Tex, and the third factory is already on its way. 



Messe Frankfurt Logo onlineMesse Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organizers, generating around € 550 million in sales and employing more than 2,200 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised 120 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.



EcoCert Group LogoEcocert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 and specialized in the certification as per organic agricultural & organic textile standards (GOTS, OCS). In India, Ecocert operates from its offices in Aurangabad and Gurgaon. The company has seen a steady and promising growth. Its clients include thousands of farmers, many agri & textile entrepreneurs and are spread across domestic and international organic markets.



Bronze Sponsor

Armstrong Spinning Mills                  Britacel Silicones Ltd                  Texan Lab Logo


Control union logo          OneCert Logo       Rossari Logo             

 LOGO SARAF Organics     Logo SRC




IFOAM Logo           ELdZ ml web en     LOGO BIOFACH INDIA

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

GOTS requires organic certification of fibres on basis of recognised international or national standards like the IFOAM family of standards



Media Partners

EcoTextile News Logo                                         Colourage logo


Disclaimer: The Company Profiles are as per data provided by the respective companies. We are not responsible for any contents linked or referred to from this website.

Travel & Accommodation

Travel & Accomodation

Travel and Accommodation is NOT included in the Participation Fee. The below info is given for information purposes only.


  • Conference venue is The Lalit, Sahar, Mumbai, India. (http://www.thelalit.com/hotels-in-mumbai)
  • It is a 5 Star hotel in Sahar, Mumbai, very close to Mumbai International Airport (within 1.5 km).
  • Taxi services are available at the arrival gates at Mumbai airport. Charges should be approximately INR 500 from the airport to The Lalit.
  • Mumbai is well connected to the whole world by air, rail, and road.



The Lalit:We have a special rate of INR 6,000 (+ Taxes) with The Lalit. Please contact Mr. Sumit Gupta () if you wish to book this hotel.


5 Star Hotels:

JW Marriott http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bomsa-jw-marriott-hotel-mumbai-sahar

ITC Maratha http://mumbai.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Hyatt Regency http://mumbai.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Hilton Hotel http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/india/hilton-mumbai-international-airport-BOMAPHI/index.html

The Leela Mumbai http://www.theleela.com

4 Star Hotels:

Courtyard Marriott http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bomcy-courtyard-mumbai-international-airport

Mirage Hotel, Andheri www.miragehotel.in  

3 Star Hotels:

Hotel Silver Inn www.silverinn.com 

Other Hotels: There are many other hotels situated in close vicinity.



Mumbai (Bombay) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. It is also the wealthiest city in India. Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow.

The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI, and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations.


Travel Tips:


The units of Indian currency are the rupee (INR). Paper money comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 rupees. Coins are in denominations of 50 paise, one rupee, two rupees, five rupees and ten rupees. International airports have currency-exchange booths that are always open for arriving or departing overseas flights. It is a good idea to change a certain amount of money in small denominations. 

Tourists are required to make a declaration on the Currency Declaration Form given to passengers upon arrival regarding the amount of money (currency or travelers' cheques). There are no restrictions on the amount a tourist may bring into India. Cash, bank notes, and travelers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in convertible currencies should be exchanged only through authorised moneychangers and banks that will issue an ‘encashment certificate’ that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money. The encashment slip is also required when paying hotel bills or travel expenses in rupees.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Indian cities and larger towns, particularly American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa. Credit cards can also be used to get cash advances in rupees.

When leaving India, you can exchange the unspent rupees back to your currency. Exporting of the Indian currency by foreigners is strictly against the rules. Banking facilities are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It is best to access these facilities before immigration, as they might not be available thereafter. Some shops also accept USD at the airport departure terminal, apart from credit cards. 


Current Conference Sponsors

Brands Logo NEU2 2015            AEON Logo



Expoknits Logo      Messe Frankfurt Logo           EcoCert Group Logo



Armstrong Spinning Mills   Britacel Silicones Ltd      Texan Lab Logo         Control union logo

 OneCert Logo      Rossari Logo         LOGO SARAF Organics Logo SRC


IFOAM Logo          ELdZ ml web en  LOGO BIOFACH INDIA


Media Partners

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