The 1st Stakeholder Input Period (16 May-30 July) in the formal revision process to develop GOTS Version 4.0 was very productive. 200 individual contributions plus some comments on these contributions have been received by 14 organisations representing all relevant aspects of GOTS including organic production, environmental textile processing, textile chemistry and social criteria. We are thankful and delighted about the quantity and high quality of the contributions received, which demonstrates the huge interest and impact of our standard in the sector and will help to further increase its quality and feasibility. Specific topics that received extensive contributions include the criteria and assessment procedures for chemical inputs, the approach towards sustainable options for the non-organic fibre share (recycled fibres, regenerated fibres from organic/sustainable renewable sources) and on-site inspection requirements including social auditing practices.
The GOTS Technical Committee has already started to thoroughly evaluate and assess the contributions and will consult further experts as necessary to complete the 2nd Revision Draft. The 2nd Revision Draft will be published on 1 November 2013 on the revision blog together with a detailed overview document with observations on each individual contribution. This will be followed by a 2nd Stakeholder Input Period in which participants can provide final comments to the observations provided by the Technical Committee and/or to the changes made from the 1st to the 2nd draft.
GOTS Version 4.0 and the related Manual are intended to be released in March 2014.
GOTS representative in India Mr. Sumit Gupta spoke at 7th Asian Textile Conference, Coimbatore, India, 14th August, 2013 in Panel Discussion on ‘International Trade’. His topic was ‘Importance of Ecology and Compliance in International Trade’. His presentation was appreciated by the organisers and participants. The Chairman of the Session also expressed his solidarity with the concept of organic textiles. India is the largest producer of organic cotton in the world having a great potential in this niche market and the exporters need to exploit it well. The conference was organised by Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) www.citiindia.com. It was well attended by over 400 people from textile industry.
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 – 2.-4. July 2013; ewerk
InNaTex, Wallau, Germany – 3.-5. August 2013;
Film presentation in the forum, 3.8. + 4.8
Please be invited to meet with GOTS representative for Germany, Switzerland and Austria and Marketing Director Claudia Kersten, at the Munic Fabric Start Autumn.Winter 14/15 – 3.-5. September 2013, Munic Order Center (MOC), Eco Village, Stand 1 and
visit the lecture of Claudia Kersten and Heike Scheuer (Headoffice IVN), Tuesday 3. September, 12:00pm-1:00pm, TRENDSEMINARS Room K4 | Foyer Hall 4 (DE)
Profound Transition - Quality assurance and marketing by textile related sustainability standards in the context of the current scandals