ORGANIC COTTON ROUND TABLE – WASHINGTON D.C. 2017
WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017 (following TE’s 2017 Sustainability Conference)
WHERE: The William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland
REGISTRATION: Click here to register.
The primary objective of the Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) has always been to find ways to collaborate in order to grow the sector, share best practices at every stage, build supportive partnerships, and improve supply and livelihood security. Over the years, the OCRT has grown to become THE shared space the for organic cotton community to come together and collaborate on new ideas.
Now in its sixth year, we feel it is time to introduce a more regional focus to the OCRT in order to deepen its impact. Some work in this direction has already begun, with the first Regional OCRT having taken place in Izmir in April. We believe this approach fits well with the collaborative, action-oriented nature of the OCRT and the focus of the ORT 2017 will therefore be on the creation of regional strategies for the key organic cotton producing regions. For those more interested in global consumer engagement strategies, a meeting on this topic will run simultaneously with the regional strategy meetings.
INNOVATION LAB 2017
The Innovation Lab is a celebration of new ideas in organic cotton aiming to seek out groups or individuals with innovative solutions to break through barriers to growth and discover new ways for the organic cotton community to flourish – from producer to consumer.
In Washington D.C., shortlisted applicants will pitch their ideas in front of the audience and our judging panel (or “Dragons” for anyone familiar with the TV show “Dragons Den”!), and the winner will receive the OCRT Innovation Award 2017 along with a cash prize to put towards their project or donate to a favorite cause.
This year, in line with the OCRT’s regional approach, we are looking for sponsors to partner specific aspects of the OCRT – either a regional strategy meeting, the Innovation Lab, or our Farmer Scholarship fund, which directly supports farmers from around the globe to attend the OCRT and ensure their voice is heard.
If you are interested in finding out more about these partnership opportunities, please contact Lisa@TextileExchange.org and we will be happy to send you some more information.