India office of Danish Brand BESTSELLER organized a one day event titled ‘BESTSELLER Mill Day on Sustainability’ on 24th March 2017 in New Delhi, India. Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, was invited to speak about the “Global Organic Textile Standard - Introduction & Technical Criteria”.
Mr. Gupta explained the technical aspects of the Standard related to fibre usage, dyes/ chemical approval, environment, social compliance, labelling, packaging, etc. He also explained the traceability system in GOTS and Transaction Certificates (TC). He further told about the option of covering multiple shipments in a single TC and the newly introduced exclusion for wholly owned subsidiaries of a retailer.
He opined that brands can use GOTS as a benchmark to build a sustainable supply chain. They can either encourage their existing suppliers to follow GOTS or can choose from existing GOTS certified suppliers, that are listed on GOTS Public Database.
The audience comprised mainly of garmenting companies and wet processing units from India.