2020 Organic Cotton Round Table Summit | Virtual

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 throughout the year. For 2020, in light of on-going developments with COVID-19, these meetings will be held virtually. A series of Regional Meetings will be held between November 23 and December 11, ahead of the Global OCRT Summit on December 16-17.

Global OCRT Summit
Regional Meetings 

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2018 Round Tables – High Level Agenda

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Global OCRT Summit 2020

The worldwide organic cotton community is warmly invited to join our 2020 Global OCRT Summit, which will be based around the theme of driving impact through the journey to regenerative organic cotton.

There are many reasons why we need to rapidly scale the growth of organic cotton, yet doing so can present a number of challenges, not least because it takes several years for farmers to transition to organic.

This two-hour Summit will hear voices from across the sector, sharing their motivations, actions, and valuable reflections on how they’ve successfully tackled this challenge head on. The Summit will also involve interactive discussions so that participants will feel inspired and equipped to take practical action on their own journey.

In order to enable as many people to engage as possible, the Summit will be repeated over two days, with different panelists – please select the date that best suits your timezone, or you are welcome to join both!

      OCRT Regional Meetings

      This year’s OCRT Regional Meetings will mirror the regional breakout sessions that would normally be a big part of our in-person Global OCRT Summit. One benefit of hosting these meetings virtually this year is that it enables much wider and more representative participation, and we’re very excited by the opportunities this brings. In line with this, we are pleased to announce that simultaneous translation will be available for several of the meetings. 

      Another big benefit is that, with the meetings being held in a series rather than simultaneously, you can join as many as you like (time zone permitting) rather than having to choose just one! We’ve tried to select times that accommodate both the region itself and international stakeholders, but it wasn’t always possible. As such, all meetings will be recorded, except the member-only meeting for China.

      Key details of each meeting are provided below, but remember to sign up to our OCRT HUB to access all pre-reads, to hear the latest announcements, and to engage with other OCRT members.


      Monday November 23 @ 9-11am EST / 3-5pm CET & WAT / 5-7pm EAT | Join the OCRT HUB to access the recording

      This meeting is being hosted by the OCRT’s Pan-Africa Sourcing Working Group. Join us to learn more about the current context of organic cotton production and policy in Africa, discuss sector-wide strategies for better market access and integrated value chain development, and share best practices on designing organic cotton farming systems from the farm to the market. 

      French simultaneous translation will be available.


          • Updates from Textile Exchange’s Pan-Africa Sourcing Working Group​
          • Policy incentives for organic agriculture and cotton production in Africa​
          • Status of organic cotton production in Africa and globally​
          • Panel: Organic cotton production and practices across the African continent​
              • Insights from Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, and Mali​
              • Q&A​
          • Breakouts:​
              • Organic cotton farming systems ​
              • Market access​
              • Collective action to promote organic cotton from Africa​
          • Key take-aways​

      South & Southeast Asia 

      Tuesday December 1 @ 5-7am EST / 11am-1pm CET / 3.30-5.30pm IST | Register here

      This meeting will be co-hosted by Textile Exchange and the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) under the theme “Securing a green recovery: building back better by supporting organic cotton farmers.” The focus will be on in-conversion farming, the direct-to-farm sourcing model, and the new frontier of impact data.  


          • Update from Textile Exchange
          • Panel: In-conversion | Defining a playbook for supporting in-conversion.
              • Lavinia Muth, Armedangels
              • Amit Shah, Spectrum
              • Amish Gosai, Textile Exchange
              • Sumit Gupta, GOTS
              • Q&A
          • Panel: Best Sourcing practice, Securing your supply in the first mile of organic cotton
              • Jaskiran Warrik, OCA
              • Velavan K, Inditex
              • Hitesh Sharam, H&M
              • Atul Mittal, Pratibha
              • Q&A
          • Tools by Textile Exchange to support in-conversion and best sourcing practices
          • Impact data: The new frontier
              • Amish Gosai, Textile Exchange
              • Bart Vollaard, OCA

      Latin America & the Caribbean 

      Wednesday December 2 @ 12-2pm EST / 2-4pm BRT / 6-8pm CET | Register here 

      It’s an exciting time for organic cotton in Latin America and the Caribbean and we invite you to join us in establishing a strong regional network. In this meeting, organic cotton producer groups and support organizations will share their experiences and best practices and highlight the unique benefits of organic cotton grown in this region, particularly when it comes to environmental regeneration and social equality. The focus will be on scaling organic cotton production and, together, we will draft a strategic plan to accelerate these efforts. This meeting will be co-hosted by Textile Exchange, EMBRAPA, and the FAO.

      Spanish and Portuguese simultaneous translation will be available. 


          • Panels:
            • Insights from regional producer groups
            • Insights from the market
            • Technology and new challenges
          • Breakouts:
            • How to break the barriers for a bigger OC production?
            • How to how to build a stronger production chain?
            • Prepare for new challenges
          • Quick take-aways

        China (member-only) 

        Tuesday December 8 @ 8-10am EST / 2-4pm CET / 9-11pm CST | Register here 

        During this member-only meeting facilitated by Joy Luxford, we will have a frank and open discussion (under Chatham House rules and without being recorded) around how we might collectively work on the social risks in Xinjiang, China. The session aims to garner feedback from participants and explore some of the topical questions that our members are facing. It will also seek to get to a collective view on how the community could work together and what role Textile Exchange might play in discussions and actions going forward.  


        Wednesday December 9 @ 12-2pm EST / 6-8pm CET | Register here   

        Scaling organic cotton production in the USA: Why and How. Speakers from Textile Exchange, the Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center, Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, and Independent Organic Services will address the role organic cotton production plays in mitigating climate change and discuss obstacles and opportunities to advancing domestic organic cotton productionInteractive, action-oriented, sessions will capture your suggestions for changes at the farm, brand, and government levels.  

        EMENA & Central Asia 

        Friday December 11 @ 6-8am EST / 12-2pm CET / 2-4pm TRT / 5-7pm KGT | Register here 

        This meeting will examine the “four Ts” that are crucial for this region’s organic cotton sector to flourish and to benefit from the growing global demand: Transparency, Traceability, Technology, and Trustworthiness. How far have we come, and where do we go from here? Join us to hear insights from those deeply involved in this region’s organic cotton sector, and to participate in meaningful conversations as we look to strengthen organic cotton’s future in this region. 

        Turkish simultaneous translation will be available. 

        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.

        Participating Companies

        Access the latest agenda updates, pre-reads, and join our framing discussion on the meaning of regenerative agriculture. 

        The OCRT HUB is the new online home for Textile Exchange’s Organic Cotton Round Table. It will be used extensively throughout our series of Regional Meetings and our Global OCRT Summit to share updates and to provide a place for attendees to meet and exchange. Register to the OCRT HUB here. It’s open to all!

        On November 16, we will launch a new “Topic of the month” discussion on the HUB about regenerative agriculture. We want to hear your opinion on what regenerative agriculture means to you and how you see the connection with organic agriculture. Start by telling us how YOU define regenerative vs. organic agriculture here. Your answers will be used to generate a word cloud that will feature on the OCRT HUB and be presented at the Global OCRT Summit.


              2019 OCRT, VANCOUVER | HIGHLIGHTS

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              Out of the Box Interviews

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              “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

              Textile Exchange OCRT Team

              • La Rhea Pepper
              • Liesl Truscott
                Director of European & Materials Strategy
              • Alice Dos Santos
                Organic Cotton Program Coordinator
              • Sarah Compson
                Standards Project Manager, Soil Association
              • Amish Gosai
                South Asia Manager
              • Atila Ertem
                Ambassador - Turkey, Egypt and Central Asia
              • Silvio Moraes
                Ambassador Latin America
              • Evonne Tan
                Director of Data Management & China Strategy
              • Silvère Tovignan
                Ambassador Africa
              • Sandra Marquardt
                Ambassador, North America
              • Lisa Barsley
                Materials Program Manager
              • Imke van Barneveld
                OCRT Intern
              • Simon Cooper
                MOSP Partner | Change Agency

              Quick Links

              About organic cotton

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

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              2020 Organic Cotton Market Report

              The 2020 Organic Cotton Market Report is now available.

              Access it here

              Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark

              The Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark (CFMB) helps companies measure, manage, and integrate a PFM strategy.

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

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


              contact us

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