Certified organic cotton accounts for less than 1% of the world’s cotton. Yet organic agriculture delivers impressive environmental, social and health benefits, enhances responsible business practices, connects customers to the product and builds prosperity. This is why OCA has been created.
Environmental impact reduction potential
Why organic cotton?
The 'gold standard' of organic fibers
Organic cotton farming creates a number of sustainability opportunities. It does not use genetically modified seed nor is it dependent upon synthetic or fossil fuel based chemicals. It builds healthier, food-secure and self-sufficient communities.
We believe there is a strong business case for investing in organic cotton.
Organic cotton has been described as the 'gold standard' for sustainability and there is a fast growing demand for more. The high potential for competitive quality and cost, and increased volumes means that organic cotton has the potential to become a mainstream choice for brands and retailers.
For forward-thinking businesses, organic cotton offers a clear opportunity to help fulfill sustainability goals and meet customer expectations.
Growing the future from seed to store
The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on building a prosperous organic cotton market that benefits everyone from farmer to consumer. Working with the entire supply chain in a pre-competitive space, we aim to find and fund innovative ways to ensure the supply of organic cotton.
Sustainability is a key goal – safeguarding the social and environmental well-being of cotton farming communities while boosting their prosperity. We will promote best practice principles and integrity through the entire supply chain, to enhance the viability of organic cotton now and in the future.
What oca will do
Taking Organic to Scale
We want to build a fairer, more robust organic cotton market with greater integrity at every level. To do this OCA will provide the business intelligence and services to grow the supply and demand for organic cotton, and connect the two.
The success of organic cotton will be secured if more companies and organisations work together as members of OCA. We aim to establish the case for organic cotton, finance improvements through our Accelerator Fund and create global systems to help link supply and demand.
A competitively-priced and farmer-focused organic cotton sector will create a win-win for farmers, their families and communities, as well as for brands and their customers.
Farmer to consumer
Supporting the people who make it happen
OCA will work with people at every stage of the organic cotton supply chain to bring more fairness, transparency and integrity to the process. We want to encourage demand, simplify sourcing and supply, and help stakeholders (from farmer to manufacturer to brand) deliver high quality organic cotton.
One of the keys to unlocking the supply chain is to ensure everyone’s efforts are recognized, from the farmers up. Over the last five years leading brands have found ways to support organic cotton agriculture at farm level, streamline their supply chains, drive innovation and efficiency – OCA will help ensure this added value reaches farm level.
Collaboration in a pre-competitive space
OCA originated in Textile Exchange’s organic cotton roundtable and was co-created in 2014 with a steering group drawn from C&A, H&M, Kering, EILEEN FISHER, Textile Exchange, C&A Foundation and CottonConnect. C&A Foundation has generously financed the first two year’s incubation and further growth of OCA, with extra backing from the steering group companies.
As a multi-stakeholder initiative, we will collaborate with people and organisations through the entire value chain. When OCA formally launches in 2015 we will continue our collaborative and inclusive dialogue with members joining us from all parts of the supply chain. Together we will grow the future of organic cotton.
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