The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) will host its second seminar in Bangladesh this autumn to update brands, exporters, certifiers, chemical industry, and other significant stakeholders on the country's organic textile value chain.

Last year Bangladesh reached second position, after India, in terms of the total number of GOTS-certified facilities, showing the commitment of the Bangladeshi textile industry to not only organic fibres, but also to environmental and social compliances, GOTS says.

"To sustain this growth, it is important that the industry is strongly connected with other stakeholders along the organic textile value chain. While connections within the country are important, active engagement with international stakeholders including suppliers and buyers are vital to the success of the industry as well."

The 'GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019' (GBDS19) will take place at the International Convention City Bashundhra (ICCB) in Dhaka on 8 September, and will cover a series of topics including:

  • Sustainable retail: Buyers from international brands and retailers sourcing in Bangladesh will share and discuss their experiences and trends with garment suppliers and other supply chain partners.
  • GOTS technical criteria and its implementation: The requirements for the standard have consistently been evolving to keep pace with technical research and market requirements. In this session latest criteria will be discussed, and implementation partners will share their experiences with technical aspects of the standard.
  • Connecting on the job – Workers and management: This session will explore working conditions at garment (and other) factories in Bangladesh, connecting workers and factory owners to discuss relevant social compliance issues.
  • Connecting supply chain partners: In the ever-evolving market and compliance landscape, coordination between supply-chain partners is paramount to the success of textile supply chains. This session connects key supply chain partners including garmenting, wet processing, testing, certifiers and chemical suppliers to discuss challenges and opportunities at every step of the supply-chain.

The first seminar in Bangladesh took place in November 2016 and attracted 180 people from five countries. More information on this year's event is available on the seminar website.