A Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) seminar was held in Turkey, February 18, 2019.
The one-day seminar brought together more than 150 participants from local brand offices, manufacturers, certifiers as well as academics with the aim to connect, exchange and discuss innovations, experiences and best-practices regarding GOTS and the organic textile market. The seminar was split in three sessions. After a general GOTS introduction including the newest figures and buying markets updates, standard criteria and labeling requirements, experts from brands and processors as well as certification bodies shared their views. Certified processors emphasized the risk management GOTS provides, manufacturers pointed out how GOTS certification benefits their reputation. Certification bodies explained how the certification can serve as an assurance for end consumers and brands.
Turkey is the country with the third most GOTS certified facilities worldwide, following India and Bangladesh.
Consumers already actively inform themselves on organic production and hold brands within the domestic market responsible. Therefore, more consumer information about GOTS’ benefits and more visibility is needed. Achieving GOTS certification is perceived as challenging due to the strict and different requirements but provides competitive advantages in comparison to non-certified goods, on the domestic as well as on foreign buying markets. It is also an advantage to be geographically closer to the big buying markets in Europe.