TEXTILE EXCHANGE ORGANIC COTTON ROUND TABLE
2019 Organic Cotton Round Table Summit 2019 | Vancouver
Textile Exchange’s 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. Each year, we hold a global OCRT Summit alongside Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference, in addition to Regional OCRTs held through the year.
The 2019 Global OCRT will take place in Vancouver on Friday October 18. The cross-cutting theme of the day will be Greater Together | SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, with some of the greatest partnerships in the world of organic cotton being celebrated alongside the progress being made in production, seed, and integrity.
October 18, 2019
Vancouver BC, Canada
2018 Round Tables – High Level Agenda
2019 OCRT Agenda outline
Detailed agenda coming soon.
Friday October 18 | 9am – 5pm | Ballroom BC, East Wing, Vancouver Convention Centre
THEME: GREATER TOGETHER | SDG 17 PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS
09:15 PART 1: GREATER TOGETHER
Organic Cotton Collective Impact.
Hear updates and have the opportunity to ask questions about the exciting progress being made under the Organic Cotton Collective Impact (OCCI) initiative.
10:30 Refreshment break
11:00 PART 2: REGIONAL DIALOGUES
Updates from the field.
Panel discussion with representatives from each organic cotton producing region. Hear updates about each region’s production trends, future outlook, and progress of key regional initiatives. Each regional representative will pose a challenge that the region is currently facing and invite attendees to join them in co-creating a solution during the lunch break.
12:40 Lunch break – Take a Tour of the Regions
Each organic cotton producing region will have a dedicated Regional Hub on the outskirts of the ballroom where the OCRT will take place. All attendees are invited and encouraged to take a “tour of the regions” during the lunchbreak by joining a lunchtable discussion, perusing the informative poster displays, or providing input on key questions via our interactive pin boards. Regional experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
In 2018 in Milan, we co-created a new approach – a General Assembly for Organic Cotton.
In the six years since the first Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) in Hong Kong, the gatherings have really lived up to their aspiration of being a Platform for Collective Action and an Incubator for Great Ideas. With our new approach, we have gone to the next level.
We believe this structure, inspired by the United Nations approach, provides a model for our development, uniting global and regional OCRTs and encouraging a two-way flow of information between the regional communities. Delegations from each region come together, alongside brands, retailers and other stakeholders, to report globally on their regional updates, activities and successes.
The General Assembly takes the informal linkages of the current OCRT to a more focused and mindful model of engagement between stakeholders. All of the ingredients that make the OCRT so valuable to stakeholders remain, such as the multi-stakeholder, accessible, and catalytic principles, with the added impact of a global and regional strategy that aim to link the pathway to region-based growth to a strengthened interaction between regions, supply networks and global thinking.
In Milan, time was dedicated to explaining the new model, discussing how a General Assembly can benefit us all, and ensuring next steps are developed with broad stakeholder input.
SUPPORT THE OCRT SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Each year, we strive to ensure that the OCRT is as inclusive as possible by having voices from each region represented on the day. We are therefore continuing the OCRT Scholarship Fund started last year in order to support the attendance of farmers / regional representatives who wouldn’t otherwise have the means to travel to Vancouver to join in the OCRT discussions. We are still seeking contributors for 2019 and are asking for your support either through:
1. Direct sponsorship of farmer attendance.
2. Financial sponsorship of the OCRT, which goes directly to the OCRT Scholarship Fund, from which Textile Exchange will make allocations to those nominated to receive support. See page 11 of our Conference Participation Guide for options.
Out of the Box Interviews: 2 Series Now available
Previous ocrt highlights
Series 1: Business as if People Mattered. Filmed during the 2016 OCRT in Hamburg, Germany.
Series 2: West Africa’s otton Trailblazers. Filmed during the 2018 Regional OCRT in Koudougou, Burkina Faso.
Regional OCRT 2019, China
Global OCRT 2018, Milan
Regional OCRT 2018, Burkina Faso
Regional OCRT 2018, Izmir
Global OCRT 2017, Washington D.C.
Regional OCRT 2017, Izmir
Global OCRT 2016, Hamburg
Global OCRT 2015, Mumbai
Global OCRT 2014, Portland
Global OCRT 2013, Istanbul
Global OCRT 2012, Hong Kong
2018 PARTICIPANT COMMENTS
“Excellent global insight and education”
“Very comprehensive, interesting and informative”
“Inspiring, dedicated people with one common goal”
“Rich day with a lot of experience shared between organic cotton actors”
“The OCRT is very important to educate all value chain actors”
“The dialogue was content rich”
“Especially good to hear from South America and Turkey”
“Great to hear so many voices, very democratic”
“Very well organised round table, many good topics discussed”
“We need to look at livable incomes in a specific geographical region and determine the true cost of production, making sure that there is a sustainable margin on that.”Heinrich Schultz Organimark, & Chair of Textile Exchange Catalyst
“We believe now is the time to embed a common agenda through a connected community, to drive meaningful adoption of organic cotton, and to solidify our role in the sustainable cotton continuum.”La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, Textile Exchange
“Being a first timer at the OCRT was incredibly inspiring. The access to industry thought leaders from Burkina Faso to Jaipur helped me gain a clearer picture of the challenges and immense promise of Organic Cotton. I walked away from the day feeling well informed and part of a larger ecosytem of smart and dedicated people committed to organic cotton and sustainability. It made me proud to be an OCRT sponsor. Thank you!”Linda Cabot, Founder, Linda Cabot Designs
- La Rhea PepperManaging Director
- Liesl TruscottEuropean & Materials Strategy Director
- Lisa BarsleyMaterials Platform Coordinator
- Simon CooperMOSP Partner | Change Agency
- Alice Dos SantosOrganic Cotton Program Coordinator
- Amish GosaiSouth Asia Manager
- Atila ErtemAmbassador - Turkey, Egypt and Central Asia
- Silvio MoraesAmbassador Latin America
- Evonne TanData Management & China Strategy Director
- Silvère TovignanAmbassador Africa