REGIONAL ORGANIC COTTON ROUND TABLE 2017, IZMIR
One of the actions resulting from TE’s 2016 Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) meeting in Hamburg was to create a regional strategy for Turkey and the surrounding region, and there was keen interest to build on the success of the workshop TE hosted during the EKOLOJİ IZMIR Organic Products Fair in 2016 (see the workshop highlights here). With the OCRT having evolved to become THE shared space for the organic cotton community to gather and collaborate, and with EKOLOJİ IZMIR wanting to strengthen its focus on organic cotton, it seemed only logical to apply the framework of the OCRT – and so, in collaboration with İZFAŞ and EKOLOJİ IZMIR, the “Regional-OCRT” was born!
SAVE THE DATE!
WHEN? Friday 28th April 2017, with a networking cocktail reception on 27th and a cultural excursion on the 29th (details to be announced soon)
WHERE? Fuarizmir, Izmir – Turkey’s newest and biggest fair complex. Translation services will be available.
The EKOLOJİ IZMIR Organic Products Fair, hosted by IZFAS, is the leading trade fair for the organic sector in Turkey. The fair takes place annually at Fuarizmir, Turkey’s largest fair center, and is growing each year. Seeing the growth of interest in organic textiles,EKOLOJİ IZMIR is strengthening its focus in this area and, in April 2016, invited TE to deliver a workshop. The workshop was highly successful and attracted key players and leading experts from across the industry, as well as over 70 representatives from both Turkish and international textile companies. Following strong signals during the 2016 OCRT in Hamburg that there was sufficient demand for the continuation of such workshops,EKOLOJİ IZMIR and TE formed a collaboration to develop this into an annual event, applying the framework of the well-established Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT).
Through bringing together the strengths and capabilities of EKOLOJİ IZMIR and TE, the aim is to support the development of the organic textiles sector in Turkey and surrounding regions and to maximize the reach and impact of these efforts. The Regional-OCRT will offer an international audience the chance to learn more about the unique benefits of sourcing from this region, with its strong history in organic agriculture and high quality, vertically integrated production.
What Will Happen On the Day?
Confirmed speakers to date include representatives from GOTS, H&M, OrganiMark, Sanko, Soil & More, Tchibo, Timberland and Williams-Sonoma. Providing the welcome address will be Ms. Z Gül Şener, Executive Board Member of Fuarizmir.
The final program will be determined by the results of the Market Research Scoping Project (MOSP) that TE, in partnership with Change Agency, is conducting for Turkey and surrounding regions. In the meantime, here is a taster of what you can expect from the day:
- Be the first to hear the results of the MOSP, presented by Change Agency and followed by a panel discussion on the key questions and issues raised in the research.
- Hear from expert thoughtleaders on topical themes including quality, cost of production, compliance, innovation, and business models from farm to shelf.
- Take part in facilitated group discussions and explore together, in a non-competitive environment, solutions to key, region-specific challenges facing organic cotton.
- Learn from best practice examples and hear first-hand what brands want, what manufacturers want and what producers want.
- Identify next steps and practical, achievable actions with the opportunity to form ongoing working groups focused on key areas.
Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP)
As part of the collaboration with IZFAS, TE is working with Change Agency to conduct a Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP) in Turkey, Egypt, Central Asia and the wider European region. The MOSP will involve a series of interviews with companies and organizations representing each section of the region’s value network to explore the market opportunities and identify any blockages or mis-perceptions that need to be dealt with.
The findings of the MOSP will be announced during the R-OCRT and will form the basis of the day’s discussions and workshops. You can learn more about the MOSP using the link below, including the opportunities available to interested companies to partner this work.
This event is free to attend but you must register using the link below. Limited seats remain so register now to secure your place!
Become A Partner
We are still looking for partners for the R-OCRT! If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available, click the link below for more details and get in touch!
Get In Touch
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing the OCRT TEam.
“We are delighted to be working with Textile Exchange to bring the first Regional Organic Cotton Round Table to Izmir. With nearly 30 years’ history of growing and processing organic cotton, Turkey is strengthening its position as a leader in the industry, and we look forward to bringing all the stakeholders together to plan a successful future.”
Z. GÜL ŞENER, Executive Board Member, Fuarizmir
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