Collaborative Learning Series
Textile Exchange held the first meeting of the Organic Cotton Round Table in October 2012. A key area of focus is responsible trade, including the need to develop better business models for sourcing cotton.
Between now and our conference in Istanbul, Textile Exchange will be bringing you a unique opportunity to explore sustainable sourcing in a new and innovative way. Our exciting Collaborative Learning Series (CLS) titled Rethinking and Reframing Sustainable Sourcing covers six inter-related topics and consists of blogs, thought pieces, and live conversations. A new topic will be introduced each month. We see this program as potentially an incubator for rethinking and reframing sustainable sourcing of raw materials in the textile industry - your participation will be the key to its success!
Our CLS will be a collective effort – a safe place and space to hear from peers and practitioners, peek into the value chains of other industries, and take away ideas and inspiration to help make business – and the world at large - a better place.
We will be inviting TE members and friends – from all walks of life - to share their expertise via our Q&A style webinars. It’s here that you will be privileged to join first-hand conversations with our guest presenters and knowledge experts... plus the chance to ask your questions directly. To sign up to our webinar conversations click here.
Our CLS is centred on six webinars and each topic is introduced with a thought-starter blog. The first in the series is about Creating Shared Value. Click to find out more and to meet our webinar panellists.
What will we cover?
Over the course of the next eight months we will explore topics related to sustainable sourcing. We will be kick-starting each topic with a thought starter blog and encourage you to participate. Each topic in the Learning Series will be discussed via Q&A style webinar with two topic experts. You are invited to prepare questions, comments and contributions at any stage and post directly online (in our blog comments box) or share with our expert panelists during the webinars. For an introduction to Collaborative Learning click here.
Our six topics include:
- Creating Shared Value: how could this approach work for cotton?
Our first topic explores the principles of CSV, how CSV has influenced other industries, and the benefits CSV could bring to more sustainable sourcing of cotton. To guide us towards a better understanding of CSV, how it is being used in other industries, and its applicability for cotton, we have Alison Ward, an independent consultant with years of experience in commodity value chains, and Helen Crowley, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Specialist at PPR, the parent company of Puma among other brands. Read and comment on the blog here.
Webinar: 5th and 7th February
- Measuring Sustainability: can measurement tools help guide sourcing decisions?
As part of our second topic we will be taking a closer look at indices and metrics and learning more about how these tools can help guide supply chain investments. Two world renowned experts Laurence Smith, Senior Researcher at the Organic Research Centre in the UK, and Sabine Deimling, LCA expert specialising in agriculture and forestry at PE International, will guide us through the pros and cons, opportunities and challenges in this expanding field of knowledge and application. Read and comment on the blog here.
Webinar: 12th and 13th March
- Holistic Value Chains: moving from disconnection to integration.
Our third topic in the series looks at the advantages (and challenges) of integrating raw material producers into the textile value chain. How can this result in a more secure business for all? We take a look at best practice and some real life examples of where integration is already working. The goal is to achieve a value chain based on more holistic considerations. We are fortunate to have input from two experienced value chain operators: Orlando Rivera, CEO, Bergman Rivera, based in Peru and Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO, Pratibha Syntex India. Read and comment on the blog here.
Webinar: 13th and 14th May
- Three Dimensional Profit & Loss: the next big thing.
PUMA set a new standard when they launched their Environmental Profit & Loss approach to accounting. In this session we will examine how Three Dimensional Profit & Loss can add social capital to the mix. But can we really ascribe numbers to everything that matters or are some things beyond measurement? Which numbers matter? Even more importantly, how do we move beyond numbers to galvanise action? Join us for a thought provoking session with Cary Krosinsky author and educator, and environmental finance expert, and David Meyers, serial entrepreneur at Green Ant Advisors. Read and comment on the blog here.
Webinar: 30th and 31st July
- The Role of Certification: providing the business case for sustainability.
How can certification support the business case for sustainability? Claudia Kersten, Marketing Manager of the Global Organic Textile Standard, shares her knowledge and insight into the emerging opportunity of linking textile sustainability standards (such as GOTS) to support a competitive business strategy. Read and comment on the blog here. Read more here.
Webinar: 11th and 12th December
- Telling the Story: what does success look like?
As “sustainability” becomes more of a consideration in product choice, how can organizations best communicate this to customers? This webinar will explore different approaches to communicating sustainability credentials with a special focus on organic cotton.
Finale To The Series: A Collaborative Learning Session will be staged live in Istanbul on 11th November - as part of our conference activities. Virtual attendance is possible - please contact us for details.
Webinar: A post-conference webinar will follow. Find out about the Organic Cotton Round Table Open Forum - and our focus area "Consumer Engagement" here.
What Do You Need To Do?
To get the best out of your collaborative learning experience you should sign up for all six interlinked topics in our Rethinking and Reframing Sustainable Sourcing Series. Each topic will include a thought starter blog for you to contribute to in the lead up to the webinar. At this stage the more contributions we get the better our experts will be able to focus on your issues and interests.
In the webinar you will be able to participate by asking questions and making comments for the panel to respond to. The earlier you put your point the more time we will have to spend on it.
Research shows that an active and extended learning experience with pre-webinar contributions to the online discussion (the Blog), participation during the webinar and listening again (either solo or with colleagues) will considerably extend the retention and application of the learning.
What Learning Material Will You Receive?
- The webinars will all be recorded and will be available to all collaborative learning participants. If you preregister for all six instalments (even if you are unable to attend, you will receive access to the archives and recordings).
- A Learning Summary will be available for you to download at the end of each topic focus.
- A series of Case Studies based on best practice and a closer look at the sourcing models of a number of leading companies will be available exclusively to Collaborative Learning Series participants.
- And of course the opportunity to participate in dialogue, share ideas, and reach out to other participants will be a valuable component to the series!