TEXTILE EXCHANGE ORGANIC COTTON ROUND TABLE

What is the OCRT?

The Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) is a global stakeholder platform that supports and brings together the organic cotton community to be inspired, mobilized, and equipped to act.

The OCRT hosts an in-person Global Summit as part of Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference, as well as facilitating a growing number of Regional OCRTs through the year.

The latest component of the OCRT is the OCRT Hub – an online community due to launch in September 2020. Scroll down to find out more.

Watch the video above to get a feel for what the OCRT is all about, then dive deeper through our Out of the Box interviews with some of the industry’s most inspiring thinkers.

2020 meetings

Previous meetings

Regional OCRT West Africa
January 31, 2020

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting our second Regional OCRT West Africa on January 31, 2020 in partnership with CRS, CCBE and the UNPCB. The event will once again be held in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, during the International Cotton and Textile Fair (SICOT).

Find out more

Global OCRT Summit & Regional Meetings [virtual]
November 16 - December 17, 2020

Our 2020 Global OCRT Summit will take place virtually on December 16 and 17, 2020. We are also hosting six regional meetings between Nov 23-Dec 11.

Learn more

NEW FOR 2020!

OCRT HUB | The new virtual home of the OCRT

We are pleased to announce that a new online community for Textile Exchange’s OCRT will launch later this month in the Hub. Access to the OCRT Hub will be open to all those who agree to the OCRT membership requirements detailed in this sign-up form. It is not required to be a member of Textile Exchange.

An online home for the OCRT has been in the pipeline for some time but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it an even greater priority. The OCRT Hub will allow our global audience to continue engaging and driving change despite ongoing travel restrictions.

Many readers will remember the “Global Organic Cotton Community Platform” – a Community of Practice hosted by Textile Exchange and Helvetas between 2009 and 2017, with funding from ICCO and SECO. The new OCRT Hub will take a similar approach to engaging the organic cotton community through virtual dialogues, and will provide a place for us to keep the community up to date with the latest developments from our Global and Regional Organic Cotton Round Tables and Working Groups.

Organic Cotton producer Directory

We are delighted to be able to share with you our new Organic Cotton Producer Directory, a public tool shared by Textile Exchange to help the industry connect directly with producers of organic cotton around the world. The directory allows users to search for voluntarily listed producers based on specific search criteria and then contact producers directly using the contact information provided. As it is a voluntary listing, and all information featured is self-submitted, it is not an exhaustive list of all organic cotton producers globally. However, we hope to continue expanding the directory over time.

If you represent an organic cotton producer or producer group and would like to be featured, please submit the consent form, available in a number of languages:  EnglishFrench; SpanishPortuguese; Chinese.

2020 PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Teamwork and collaboration are key in bringing initiatives like this to their full potential and we are always looking for partners for the Organic Cotton Round Table. For details of how to support the work of our Organic Cotton Round Table in 2020 and beyond, please get in touch with us at: OCRT@TextileExchange.org

 

HISTORY OF THE OCRT

Textile Exchange’s Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) was established in 2012 when the organization declared a Call to Action prompted by a decline in organic cotton production in spite of growing demand. Every year since its inception, the OCRT has held a one day, in-person meeting alongside Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference. The global OCRT summit has always been highly interactive and action-oriented and is typically attended by 150-200 individuals including farmer representatives, manufacturers, brands, retailers, traders, NGOs, and trade associations. The OCRT quickly became the primary place and space for stakeholders to get together to hear more about issues facing the organic cotton sector, to diagnose these issues and, most importantly, find ways to take action 

The OCRT initially focused on addressing key challenges in the stability and sustainability of the organic cotton sector at a global level through the lens of three workstreams: Business Models, Seed and Soils, and Consumer Engagement. Under these workstreams, the OCRT identified a number of initiatives and has either catalyzed, or been an incubator for, their development. Such initiatives include the Organic Cotton Accelerator, the Chetna Coalitionaboutorganiccotton.org (a microsite dedicated to organic cotton), an inventory of non-GMO seed availability, and the OCRT Innovation Award 

After a number of years of approaching barriers to growth in organic cotton at the global level, the need to customize strategies at the regional level become increasingly apparent. Ultimately, the same issues and opportunities exist for all, but each region is at a different stage of development and therefore requires a different strategy, alongside designated resources and networks of supporters. As a result, the Regional OCRT model was born in 2017. So far, Regional OCRTs have been held in Turkey (2017, 2018)Burkina Faso (2018 and 2020), and China (2019) Planning is also in the works for a Regional OCRT for Latin America & the Caribbean.

The latest component of the OCRT is the launch of an online community -the OCRT Hub – in September 2020, which will enable dialogues to continue throughout the year and reach a wider audience. As for the other Round Tables of Textile Exchange, the OCRT’s virtual home is hosted on Textile Exchange’s online membership portal, the Hub. 

OCRT ACTIVITIES

OCRT TASK FORCES

The OCRT has three Task Forces that focus on the key challenges to sector stability and sustainable growth. Under these Task Forces, the OCRT has already identified needs for a number of initiatives and has either catalysed, or been an incubator for, their development. Such initiatives include the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Chetna Coalition, a dedicated microsite for organic cotton and an inventory of non-GMO seed availability.

Business Models Task Force

Success for all depends upon re-imagining and re-engineering supply chains to improve business security for growers and for organic to scale up. Incubating new ways of working, driving best practice, and ensuring product integrity is integral to improved business models and the resilience of the sector.

[Read More]

Seed and Soils Task Force

Access to good quality non-GMO seed is necessary to meet the needs of the organic agricultural standard whilst delivering on fiber quality and meeting industry specifications. Productivity in organic depend upon healthy fertile soil as well as good quality seed. Avoiding and addressing contamination from GMO seed is also key to the success of organic cotton.

[Read More]

Consumer Engagement Task Force

The consumer is part of the organic cotton value chain. Educating and driving consumer demand are part of the business model. Brands and retailers of organic cotton need to see a return on investment. They invest significantly in product placement and talk directly to their customer, so consumer engagement is critical.

[Read More]

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Talk-2-01-150x150
Talk to us
Tell us what you think and share your ideas! OCRT@TextileExchange.org

OCRT
Join an OCRT Summit

Participate in our face-to-face meetings and help shape the future of sustainability in fiber production.

Taskforce-01-150x150
Sign up to one of our Working Groups

Together we can build a more sustainable and rewarding business for the organic cotton sector. Get in touch for details.

Quick Links

About organic cotton

Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards.

Learn more

2020 Market report

The 2020 Organic Cotton Market Report is now available, sharing the latest data and insights from the 2018/19 harvest.

Access here

Material Change Index

Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index (MCI) is the largest peer-to-peer comparison initiative in the textile industry.

Read more

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT

A framework for assessing the environmental, social & economic impacts of organic cotton agriculture.

Learn more

Glossary

A selection of some of the key terms and abbreviations used in the industry.

Explore

contact us

  For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the team at: OCRT@textileexchange.org