What challenges do procurers face when purchasing socially responsible products? How can social procurement be successfully implemented in public authorities? Are there any forward-looking models and proofs for the verification of supply chains? And: What are the risks and opportunities associated to on-site audits?
These and other questions will be marking the closure of the EU-wide LANDMARK project and will be treated within workshops, discussions and expert-contributions.
We invite you to inform yourself about the most important conclusions this three year cooperation between municipalities and NGOs has generated. Join the dialogue and help create new concepts for the future – as procurers and administrators, as staff of NGOs and policy-makers, as certifiers and company-representatives.
The conference will take place on March 27th 2014 from 09:00 to 18:00 at Haus der Wissenschaft (House of Science) in Bremen.
The evening before the conference - 26th March from 18:00 to 19:30 – the organizers invite you to a welcoming event at EuropaPunktBremen in the Bremen Parliament to visit the LANDMARK-exhibition.
Registration is open now. Register to this free event by using the registration form. Please note that you have to select your availability for one of the workshops and the evening event on March 26.
Please be invited to meet with GOTS representative for Germany, Switzerland and Austria and Marketing Director Claudia Kersten, at the following fairs that include the exhibition of eco-textiles:
Ethical Fashion Show, Berlin, Germany – 14.-16. January 2014; ewerk, Please visit the lecture of Claudia Kersten and Heike Scheuer (IVN) on 14. January, 3.30 pm: "Ecology and social responsibility - Opportunities and limits from fiber to consumer using the example of GOTS and IVN standards" (in German language)
InNaTex, Wallau, Germany – 25.-27. January 2014
GOTS film presentations in the forum, 25.1 + 26.1
A peer-reviewed publication of the long term trial on system comparisons of the cotton rotation in India published in the online journal Plos One can be viewed online and is available for download. The results of this study show that organic soybean productivity can be similarly high as in conventional systems at lower input levels, which can make organic soybean production - as part of cotton-based crop rotations - more profitable.
GOTS also focussed on many proven benefits of organic cotton in the joint GOTS and Soil Association campaign "Have you Cottoned On Yet" .
GOTS representative in India Mr. Sumit Gupta made a speech on ‘Role of Environment and Compliance in Exports’. He was speaking at the Panel Discussion on “Exploring New Frontiers in Textile & Apparel Industry”, which was held in Mumbai, India on 11th October, 2013. The event was inaugurated by Hon. Textile Minister of India Mr. KS Rao. Over 150 delegates from industry and textile institutes participated in the conference.
Mr. Gupta briefly spoke about social, environment and chemical (RSL) compliance. He gave the overview of various global initiatives by Govt and industry in the field of compliance. He also spoke about the opportunities and challenges for the Indian textile sector vis-à-vis Bangladesh, China and Pakistan. He also highlighted the point that the industry needs to follow the compliance down the supply chain and not only for the end product.
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics was held on 22 – 25 October 2013 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The Expo attracted 65,778 trade visitors from 98 countries and regions. They came to source from 3,358 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions. The GOTS booth was located at the newly debut “All about Sustainability” zone as an educator station. As Chinese consumers are more aware of the environmental issues, foreign buyers now are looking for sustainable textile and standards to enter this potential market.