Md. Mostafa Kamal
GOTS held a flagship event with more than 170 delegates from as five countries in Dhaka on November. They also took part in a national seminar on GOTS Certification. These included international brands and retailers, manufacturers and exporters. Representatives of the Bangladesh government, certification bodies and professionals from testing, chemical compliance, media, trade associations, NGOs, academics and consultants took part in the seminar.
The theme of the conference was: ‘Business Case for Sustainability with Organic Textiles’. Out of the more than 3,800 facilities that GOTS has certified worldwide, more than 400 are in Bangladesh alone. This happens to be the 5th highest number of GOTS certified facilities worldwide.
In his welcome address, Sumit Gupta, GOTS representative in Bangladesh and India appreciated the Bangladesh textile industry for its perseverance and consistent efforts to achieve both quality and quantity in their products and exports. The industry has been successful in maintaining consistent growth in export for last several years. Gupta also talked about the ambitious target of local textile industry to achieve $50 billion in RMG exports and encouraged the industry to use sustainability and GOTS as a tool to help them achieve this goal. Delegates appreciated such seminar as Mr. Abrar Ahmed Apu, certified trainer on compliance, management system and environmental auditing was telling that such seminar will be beneficiary for the industry which will help to ensure sustainable organic textile.