TEXTILE EXCHANGE REGIONAL OCRT – TURKEY, EGYPT & CENTRAL ASIA
10-11th MAY 2018 | IZMIR, TURKEY
Highlights From The 2018 Regional OCRT Izmir
Highlights Report now available to download!
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When? 10-11th May 2018 (excursion and networking dinner on the 10th, and Regional OCRT event on the 11th)
Where? Fuarizmir, İzmir – Turkey’s newest and biggest fair complex
TEXCURSIONS – THURSDAY MAY 10th
Join us for a visit to an organic cotton field to learn from farmers how they prepare the fields, purchase seed, and preserve their deep knowledge of sustainable agriculture, which is certified and conscious of water, biodiversity and the communities involved. It will be sewing season, so let’s be part of kicking off a rewarding organic cotton season in the region. We would like to thank Akasya for partnering with us!
In the afternoon, we will visit the famous historical site of Ephesus, an ancient city rich in culture, art, and politics since 10th century BC. The tour will be in English. In the evening, there will be a complimentary networking dinner for all participants of the Regional OCRT as well as exhibitors from the textile sector of the EKOLOJİ Trade Fair. It was a delightful get-together last year and highly appreciated by all, so we look forward to repeating the occasion this year.
REGIONAL OCRT – FRIDAY MAY 11th
The 2018 Regional OCRT will be kicked off by Textile Exchange and Z. Gül Sener, Executive Board Member of Fuarİzmir. This will be followed by a keynote address from Helmy Abouleish, CEO of the SEKEM initiative in Egypt. The rest of the morning will be dedicated to the production and market situation of organic cotton in Turkey, Egypt and Central Asia. We will discuss integrity, transparency, quality, and what is needed to support value networks within the region.
For the afternoon, key topics have been selected for breakout discussions that are crucial to developing a more sustainable sector, including: Denim, Luxury, and Digitalization. We will end the day with a casual get-together hosted by our partner, İZFAŞ.
SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS
We are honoured to have Helmy Abouleish, CEO of the SEKEM Initiative, join us as keynote speaker, alongside representatives from brands, producer groups, NGOs, government agencies and industry organizations. These so far include:
Bio Kishovarz NNC
IFOAM – Organics International
Nudie Jeans Co
Organik Tarım Daire Baskani
The Alliance for Responsible Denim
- Helmy AbouleishCEO, SEKEMHelmy AbouleishCEO, SEKEM
SEKEM promotes sustainable development in ecology, economy, societal and cultural life. The SEKEM Holding produces, processes and markets organic and biodynamic foodstuff, textiles and herbal medicine in Egypt and internationally. SEKEM is regarded as the Egyptian pioneer in organic farming. Helmy Abouleish studied economics and marketing in Cairo and was for a long time campaigning in national and international politics to promote responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and tackling the greatest challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security. He is also member of a number of international organizations and councils, such as Fair Trade USA and Demeter International.
- Eliina BrinkbergEnvironmental Manager, Nudie Jeans CoEliina BrinkbergEnvironmental Manager, Nudie Jeans Co
With a background in business, environmental science and global studies, Eliina started working at Nudie Jeans in 2013. Since two years back she is working with sustainability, as Environmental Manager. Nudie jeans have since many years back worked consciously and transparent with their suppliers and focused much of the work on social aspects of sustainability as well as 100% organic cotton. Eliina are now working for environmental developments and continue to support and drive the company’s circular work. Eliina focus much of the work in the very first steps of the production, raw material and fabric questions, as well the last steps, reuse of products and recycling.
- Jana BuschMaterials Program Assistant, Textile ExchangeJana BuschMaterials Program Assistant, Textile Exchange
After an internship at Textile Exchange in 2017 Jana stayed on board supporting the Fiber & Materials team, with special involvement in the organizing of the Organic Cotton Roundtables. In her Bachelor studies in Wageningen, the Netherlands, she specialized on sustainable value chain management, researching for her Bachelor thesis in India for the ‘One World No Hunger’ project executed by GIZ. She has hands-on experience working on organic farms around the world, which strengthened her belief and passion for sustainable agriculture and social justice. Currently, Jana is obtaining a Master degree in Environmental Communication and Management in Sweden.
- Dilek CevikH&M Group EU & TR Sustainable Product ResponsibleDilek CevikH&M Group EU & TR Sustainable Product Responsible
Istanbul University-Chemical Engineering’ bachelor’s degree. 13 years in H&M as Textile & Apparel Chemist, Cosmetic Chemist, Quality Assurance Responsible, Europe Label Compliance, Europe Shipping Department and Sustainable Product Responsible in Europe Sustainability Department. Recently, we have ‘Cutting Wastage project’ to evaluate our cutting wastages in different product groups as ‘recycle’ and ‘upcycle’.
- Cevher İlhan CevheriGAP ORKÜDER Board Member, GAPCevher İlhan CevheriGAP ORKÜDER Board Member, GAP
Cevher İlhan Cevheri is member of GAP organic cluster. He has worked on projects including:
- "The effect of green manure on the quality of organic cotton fibre”
- “The effect of Organic and microbiological fertilizers on the quality of cotton vegetatif and fibre.”
- "The growing capabilty of organic cotton on salty and normal soil condition.”
- Simon CooperCSR Consultancy Ltd | Partner, Change AgencySimon CooperCSR Consultancy Ltd | Partner, Change Agency
Simon has extensive experience of working with international sustainability organisations and Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives. His clients have included AWS, BCI, ISEAL Alliance, 4C Association, SAN, Pesticide Action Network UK, the Organic Cotton Accelerator and Cotton Made in Africa (CMIA). Having set up Textile Exchange Europe as a UK registered charity, he now serves on the Advisory Board of Textile Exchange. He also serves on the board of the Social Enterprise funding agency BBRC and was chair of Schumacher Society UK, which celebrates the work of “green” economist E.F. Schumacher. With a first degree from Cambridge University, he graduated in 2005 with an MSc from Anita Roddick’s Responsibility and Business Practice course at the University of Bath.
- Lisa EmbersonMaterials Platform CoordinatorLisa EmbersonMaterials Platform Coordinator
Lisa joined Textile Exchange in 2014. As Materials Platform Coordinator, Lisa supports the delivery of Textile Exchange’s Materials Strategy, including the production of TE’s annual market reports and coordination of the Organic Cotton Round Table, amongst other responsibilities. Lisa has a BSc in International Development from the University of East Anglia and joined Textile Exchange after an internship with the UK’s Soil Association researching organic cotton and food security.
- Atila ErtemTE Ambassador, TurkeyAtila ErtemTE Ambassador, Turkey
Atilla has been an Organic Pioneer in Turkey since 1986 and started growing organic cotton in 1989. Since then he has been somewhere in organic cotton & textile as consultant, buyer, and project expert in SEA. Atiala’s path crossed with TE in 2010 and he has been trying to help in the Turkish organic cotton & textile sector on behalf of TE as country ambassador.
- Debra GuoSustainability Manager, Stella McCartneyDebra GuoSustainability Manager, Stella McCartney
Debra joined Stella McCartney in 2016 and is the Sustainability Manager. Before joining Stella McCartney, Debra was a sustainability and climate change consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she primarily worked with Kering on their annual Environmental Profit & Loss. The E P&L is an innovative tool that quantifies and monetises the impact a business has on the environment from the production of raw materials used to its direct operations. In her role at Stella McCartney, Debra works with suppliers and supply chain teams to implement sustainable sourcing initiatives and reduce the environmental impact of the supply chain.
She holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics & Politics, and Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Oxford.
- Joachim HenschManaging Director, HUGO BOSS Textile Industries Ltd.Joachim HenschManaging Director, HUGO BOSS Textile Industries Ltd.
Joachim Hensch has a profound and holistic knowledge in garment manufacturing, technology and innovation. Starting as a tailor for several years in bespoke couture, he later moved into the ready to wear business and since then has taken various positions, mainly in the field of product development. In 2015 he took the position of managing director in the biggest factory of HUGO BOSS Group located in İzmir with 3800 employees. His most important target is to transfer the whole organization into a flexible and reactive Smart Factory with implementation of industry 4.0 measures. That is to be prepared for a highly volatile, demanding and impatient market environment. Within this approach he is in the forefront of innovation excellence in garment manufacturing and thus the Izmir Factory is a role model for global industry. He believes in agile, SCRUM based project execution and flat hierarchies to cope with today’s pace of doing business.
- Mahmoud El HosaryManaging Director, Giza Cotton LLCMahmoud El HosaryManaging Director, Giza Cotton LLCGIZA COTTON is regarded as the Egyptian pioneer in recognizing and considering cotton raw material the first link in the luxury value chain of cotton textile industry.Mahmoud El Hosary studied management and production engineering at Politecnico of Milan and went for a career in the luxury fashion and textile industry. Before holding the actual position of managing director, he has assumed several roles in the company’s export and supply chain management, after holding various positions in marketing and sales departments in LVMH group (Louis Vuitton) and Gucci in Italy.
- Shakhnoza KurbanalievaDeputy Programs Manager, IFOAM – Organics InternationalShakhnoza KurbanalievaDeputy Programs Manager, IFOAM – Organics International
Shakhnoza has 12 years of experience in development cooperation, mainly in rural economy and organic agriculture sector. Before joining IFOAM – Organics International in 2015, where she coordinates projects in East Africa and Asia, Shakhnoza worked primarily in Central Asia with a focus on organic cotton value chain development and further continued in Bangladesh backstopping value chain projects as Rural Economy Advisor. She is specialized in the promotion and building of market linkages among value chain operators on domestic and international levels (primarily to Europe). Shakhnoza has experience in facilitating business strategy building of organic value chains, coaching and capacity building in nutrition sensitive agriculture. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, her nationality is Kyrgyz and her languages include English, Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Turkish and German.
Global coordinator of nutrition in mountain areas project working in Nepal, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia and Peru. In three of these countries conducted trainings on nutrition sensitive agriculture.
- Yavuz MogulSenior Expert, Gherzi van Delden GmbHYavuz MogulSenior Expert, Gherzi van Delden GmbH
Yavuz Mogul has background on product development, marketing strategies and textile manufacturing. He added an international textile engineering education and built up his first networks within Europe on young ages. Afterwards he started travelling as Professional in Asian Countries, lead projects for textile finishing and technical textiles, take responsibilities on weaving, printing & textile auxilary factories.
In the last 3 years, he is based in Turkey and has worked on different projects as technical consultant; offering solutions to brands, sourcing offices, factories and textile chemical manufacturers.
- V. Besim ÖzekDirector of Strategy & Business Development, Bossa Ticaret ve Sanayi İşletmeleri TAŞV. Besim ÖzekDirector of Strategy & Business Development, Bossa Ticaret ve Sanayi İşletmeleri TAŞ
Following his graduation from Tarsus American College and Cukurova University Mechanical Engineering, he has taken a large and vital business role in Logistics and Purchasing Departments for over 20 years. He is now Strategy and Bussiness Development Director in BOSSA which is one of the largest Denim Producers is Turkey. He has been very involved in supporting Sustainable Textile Production and Better Cotton.
He is actively presenting the company in;
- Turkish Exporters Assembly, ITHIB (Member of Board)
- Turkish Cotton Textile Manufacturer ‘s Union (Member of Board)
- Turkish National Cotton Council (Member of Board)
- The Union of Chambers and Commodity, Turkish Textile Industry Assembly
Motto: “We cannot change everything at once but we can show a way to go...”
- Travis A. RiceProject Manager, Alliance for Responsible DenimTravis A. RiceProject Manager, Alliance for Responsible Denim
From teacher to fashion & branding, I am merging the fields of education & fashion. Coordinating and assisting principal researchers in mobilizing and facilitating denim brands in collectively taking initial steps towards improving the ecological sustainability impact of denim production, I strive for a cleaner & smarter denim industry.
- Heinrich SchultzExecutive Committee: Chair - OrganiMarkHeinrich SchultzExecutive Committee: Chair - OrganiMark
OrganiMark, founded in July 2008, is a food, textiles and leather supply chain engineering and management firm linking sustainable primary producers with high value local and global markets. The Firm specializes in supply chain optimization and trade management through investing in agricultural production zones and value added processing facilities for sustainably produced products. The company’s aim is to create sustainable businesses through long term supply chain partnerships in line with its brand integrity and identity, which promotes economic, social and environmental responsibility.
Heinrich is also the Chairman of Textile Exchange Europe and recently founded the Southern African Sustainable Cotton Cluster where he serves as Executive Manager and Board Member. Heinrich has a Business Degree from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and completed his training in Leather Processing with LIRI at Rhodes University (South Africa), and Textile& Garment Manufacturing with CSIR TexTech at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa).
- Simone SeislSpecial ProjectsSimone SeislSpecial Projects
Simone studied design and textile engineering in Austria and went for a career in the global fashion and sporting goods industry, held various positions in design, product management, marketing and buying departments, also at the headquarter of adidas. In 2008 she decided to only focus on sustainability topics within the industry, first working as a consultant at the Dutch NGO Made-by, then as head of marketing and sales at Remei AG in Switzerland. She has expertise in leading CR initiatives on brand level, in supply chain transformation and integrity, product innovation and best-practise marketing and communication. Based in Freiburg, Germany, she currently works as a consultant for individual as well as multi-stakeholder projects.
- Gül Z. SenerExecutive Board Member, FuarİzmirGül Z. SenerExecutive Board Member, Fuarİzmir
- Jens SothProgramme Manager, HELVETAS Swiss IntercooperationJens SothProgramme Manager, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Jens Soth, agricultural scientist (M.SC) and environmental engineer (M.Sc.) works at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation for the design and implementation of sustainable commodity value chains. Within this mandate he co-heads the so-called WAPRO project which aims to improve the water productivity of cotton and rice cultivation. He also works as expert for the EU commission (on behalf of the European Environmental Bureau and the European Consumer Organization) for the industry sectors agriculture, textiles and footwear and cosmetics aiming to bring in sustainability challenges in the South into corresponding regulative approaches of the EU.
He has been appointed by several sustainability investment funds or impact investor groups in Switzerland, Germany and Scandinavia) or impact investment funds as advising expert.
Furthermore he has been delegated by Switzerland and Germany to the sustainability panel of the International Cotton Advisory Committee.
- Isa Cem TopbasAuditor and Textile Engineer, Control UnionIsa Cem TopbasAuditor and Textile Engineer, Control Union
I graduated from Ege University Textile engineering department, additionally being a textile finishing and textile chemistry specialist. After graduation, I worked in a family business for couple of years and moved to the UK for education. After returning to Turkey, I went back to the textile industry and started to work in the marketing department of a dye house until I became an auditor at Control Union. I have been working at Control Union Certifications since the beginning of 2013. Initially, I obtained my qualifications for GOTS and TE standards which I was quite familiar with because of the previous company that I worked for as a fabric sales specialist. Currently, I have qualifications for textile certification standards as well as several social and environmental compliance programs. I was born in 1983 and am married with one daughter.
- Liesl TruscottEuropean & Materials Strategy DirectorLiesl TruscottEuropean & Materials Strategy Director
Liesl Truscott is European and Materials Strategy Director with responsibility for developing and embedding Textile Exchange’s preferred materials program. Liesl has specialized in organic cotton and has a deep knowledge of the sector. With a first class degree in Environmental Management from the University of Newcastle in Australia, she has spent over twenty years in the fields of corporate social responsibility, occupational health and safety, and environmental management – working in both the private and public sector.
- Aydin UnsalExecutive Committee: Treasurer - Egedeniz Textiles A.S.Aydin UnsalExecutive Committee: Treasurer - Egedeniz Textiles A.S.
In the late 1980’s, after 10 years in the family business of trading and processing various agricultural products in Turkey, Aydin began contracting farmers to grow local organic dried fruits. Aydin has been one of the early producers and exporters of various organic fruits, mainly dried grapes and figs. During early 1990’s he helped found Egedeniz, a family company, which is the pioneer company in Turkey dealing in production and sales of certified organic cotton from fiber through yarns, fabrics and garments.
- Tolga UskucOwner, AkasyaTolga UskucOwner, Akasya
- Boimamat UzakovChief of the Board, Bio-kishovarz NCCBoimamat UzakovChief of the Board, Bio-kishovarz NCC
Boimamat has 15 years of experience in development cooperation, mainly in rural economy and agriculture sector. Before joining Bio-Kishovarz in 2014, where he coordinates SugdAgroServ projects in Tajikistan focus on cotton sectors value chain development. Boimamat specialized in the promotion and building of market linkages among value chain operators on domestic and international levels (primarily to Europe). He holds a Masters in Business Administration, her nationality is Tajikistan and his languages include English, Russian, Persian.
- Patrick WendtSales & Marketing Director, JEANOLOGIAPatrick WendtSales & Marketing Director, JEANOLOGIA
Patrick Wendt is a Denim Specialist who joined Jeanologia, a Spanish technology company, in 2015 as a Sales & Marketing Director.
After spending nearly 20 years in the denim industry, he decided to become a part of the revolution transforming the denim sector into a clean and sustainable industry.
Patrick has as a long track record in managing buying offices for several brands around the world. Also, he gave consultancy to major denim mills and international denim laundry companies. DO WHAT IS RIGHT, NOT WHAT IS EASY
- Sally WilliamsonSustainability and Ethical Trade Coordinator, Stella McCartneySally WilliamsonSustainability and Ethical Trade Coordinator, Stella McCartney
Sally joined Stella McCartney in 2017, and is the Sustainability and Ethical Trade Coordinator. Before joining Stella McCartney, Sally was a sustainability Coordinator at Marks and Spencer, where one of her main roles was the compliance of raw materials within the clothing and home supply. She also played a key role in the Plan A Clothing and Home commitments.
Working at Stella McCartney, she is helping to lead the work ensuring high levels of animal welfare throughout all supply chains and innovation of alternative animal fibres.
- Elif YarasikRegional Representative, GOTSElif YarasikRegional Representative, GOTS
Graduated as chemist, I work for textile industry since 1993, had the worked for vertical manufacturing unit in Bursa and also sourcing offices of well-known global brands. (Nike, Hanes, Next and Puma). Since July 2016, I represent the GOTs in Turkey region with the aim of increasing recognition of Organic Textile. From the beginning the sustainability part of textile industry was exiting me a lot, finally I am happy to be a contributor in that area.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS
Contact Materials@TextileExchange.org if you would like to become involved or stay updated on the activities of the Regional Organic Cotton Round Table for Turkey, Central Asia and Egypt.
Contact Materials@TextileExchange.org to provide feedback or input on the agenda, or if you would like to put yourself forward as a speaker or thought starter.
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DID YOU KNOW?
MARKET OPPORTUNITY SCOPING PROJECT
As part of the collaboration with IZFAS, Textile Exchange worked with Change Agency to conduct a Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP) in Turkey, Egypt, Central Asia and the wider European region. The MOSP involved a series of interviews with companies and organizations representing each section of the region’s value network to explore the market opportunities and identify blockages or mis-perceptions that need to be dealt with.
The findings of the MOSP framed the discussions at the R-OCRT in Izmir, which generated a number of initiatives and work-streams to take forward. The Research & Discussion Report resulting from the MOSP is available to download below. It includes detailed findings of the research and identifies the common emerging themes.
REGIONAL OCRT HISTORY
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. 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 Izmir was born!
The inaugural R-OCRT was held in Izmir, Turkey, on April 28th 2017. Thank you to all of the participants, speakers, sponsors and partners of this event for your support and valuable contributions on the day. Re-cap on the day’s agenda and speakers in the program here, or download the Highlights Of The Day Report here for an overview of the key themes, outcomes and next steps.Highlights Of The Day 2017
Regional OCRT on the TV!
We were honoured to be joined on the day of the Regional OCRT by Istanbul-based news channel TRT World, who featured the event in their recent documentary “Made in Turkey”. We greatly encourage you to watch the full documentary, but you can jump to the R-OCRT section by clicking the “play” button below (it starts at 6:15). For the full documentary, click here to view Part 1 and here to view Part 2.
In 2016, Textile Exchange was invited İZFAŞ and EKOLOJİ IZMIR to host a workshop during the 7th EKOLOJİ IZMIR Organic Products Fair, and this is what kicked off the ongoing collaboration between these organizations. You can download the highlights from that workshop below.Highlights Of The Day 2016
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). The inaugural R-OCRT was held in Izmir in April 2017.
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.