Collaborative Learning Series

Inquiry carried out by Textile Exchange identified improving sourcing models as a key factor to achieving growth in the organic cotton sector. Responsible trade, including the need to develop better business models for sourcing organic cotton, is one of the priorities of TE’s  Organic Cotton Round Table

In 2013 we ran a Collaborative Learning Series, bringing together blogs, panel-based webinars, and topic summaries. We heard from topic experts, both inside and external to the cotton sector, and shared ideas and inspiration to help improve business practices.

Our exciting Collaborative Learning Series (CLS) titled Rethinking and Reframing Sustainable Sourcing covers six inter-related topics. For an introduction to Collaborative Learning click here. CLS learning pack includes:

  • A webinar recording
  • A "learning summary" in pdf for you to download
  • A graphic recording of each webinar discussion
  • Links to further information are provided for each topic

Collaborative Learning Series Topics

Our six topics include:

  1. Creating Shared Value: How Could This Approach Work For Cotton?
    In this topic we explored the principles of Creating Shared Value (CSV), how CSV has influenced other industries, and how the benefits of CSV could be better considered in cotton sourcing. To guide us towards a better understanding of CSV, how it is being used in other industries, and its applicability for cotton, our webinar panellists included Alison Ward, an independent consultant with years of experience in commodity value chains, and Helen Crowley, Conservation & Ecosystem Services Specialist at Kering, the parent company of Puma among other brands.
    Read and comment on the blog here.
    Webinar: 5th and 7th February
    Download Learning Summary For Topic 1 (pdf)
  2. Measuring Sustainability: Can Measurement Help Guide Sourcing Decisions?
    As part of this topic we took a closer look at indices and metrics and learned 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, joined our webinar to 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
    Download Learning Summary For Topic 2 (pdf)
  3. Holistic Value Chains: Moving From Disconnect 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 raw material integration result in a more secure business for all? We took 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 fairly distributed risks and opportunities. We were fortunate to have input from experienced value chain operators: Orlando Rivera, CEO, Bergman Rivera, based in Peru, and Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO, Pratibha Syntex, and Mani Chinnaswamy from Appachi Cotton, both based in India.
    Read and comment on the blog here.
    Webinar: 13th and 14th May
    Download Learning Summary For Topic 3 (pdf)
  4. 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 to give a “full cost” account. 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
    Download Learning Summary For Topic 4
  5. 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
    Download Learning Summary For Topic 5 (pdf)

  6. Telling the Story: How To Engage The Consumer.
    As “sustainability” becomes more of a consideration in product choice, how can organizations best communicate this to customers? Here we explore different approaches to communicating sustainability credentials with a special focus on organic cotton. 
    Finale To The Series: An Open Forum was held in Istanbul on 11th November 2013 - as part of our Organic Cotton Round Table meetings. Meeting Highlights can be found here. 
    Download Learning Summary For Topic 6 (pdf)