Holistic Value Chains

Our third topic in the series looks at the advantages (and challenges) of integrating raw material producers into the textile value chain. We will take a look at how vertical textile manufacturing can begin at the farm and how this arrangement can 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. In terms of rethinking and reshaping sustainable sourcing the goal must be to achieve a more holistic and integrated value chain. One that considers the people behind the product.

Follow our online discussion on the TE blog and add your comments or questions, or links to further reading.


Webinar 3: Conversations on Achieving Holistic Value Chains

On the 13th and 14th of May we will hold a live conversation with two experienced two value chain operators: Orlando Rivera, Managing Director, Bergman Rivera, based in Peru and Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO, Pratibha Syntex India.

More about our Topic Leaders:

Orlando Rivera
CEO & Managing Director, Bergman Rivera

Orlando holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. After 10 years of experience working in the banking system in Lima and New York City, in 2007 he founded Bergman Rivera (www.bergmanrivera.com) under the vision that the only way to promote sustainable textiles is through offering superior products to a very competitive global market.

By working closely with small communities of organic cotton farmers throughout Peru, mills and small CMTs facilities, he led the company to be the first in Latin America to be GOTS certified from fiber to ready-made garments. He transformed Bergman/Rivera from an organic cotton project to a diversified company with commercial offices in 3 countries; exporting yarns, fabrics and garments.

In October 2012, Orlando joined the Textile Exchange Board of Directors.


Shreyaskar Chaudhary
CEO & Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex

Shreyaskar started his career as General Manager at Pratibha Syntex (www.pratibhasyntex.com) responsible for yarn market development and product refinement. In January 2006 he moved into the role of Managing Director & CEO of the company. Business for Pratibha is well established in India, Asia-Pacific, Europe & UK, Africa, North America and strong growth in all its markets. 

Pratibha is vertical; from fiber through to finished garments. Pratibha started the `Vasudha’ Organic Cotton farming project with 500 farmer members. Today the project is established over 125,000 acres and with 25,000 farmer members. Vasudha directly supports over 600 villages in becoming self-reliant through growth and procurement of organic, fair-trade and Better Cotton.

Shreyaskar is a long standing member of the Textile Exchange Board and sits on the Advisory Council.

Jayanti Mishra
Sustainability Advisor, Pratibha Syntex

Jayanti works alongside Shreyaskar Chaudhary to deliver sustainability initiatives at Pratibha Syntex.  Jayanti has been leading the sustainability initiatives at Pratibha, starting at the farm and working right through to finished goods, in a vertically integrated way. Jayanti chairs the subcommittee on Sustainability In Textiles at ASTM and is a part of the steering committee of the Green Signal (India’s first Comprehensive Sustainability Eco Label).






Mani Chinnaswarmy
Managing Partner, Appachi Cotton

Mani Chinnaswarmy is the Managing Partner at Appachi Cotton (www.appachicotton.com). Mani pioneered an Integrated Cotton Cultivation Program and launched India’s first “Ethical Fashion Label “ETHICUS”, an inclusive-growth project involving resource poor organic farmers of Kabini and traditional handloom weavers of Pollachi.

He is an advisor to the Government of India – sitting on many boards and committees, including the Cotton Advisory Board, the Ministry of Textiles, the Sub Committee on Organic Cotton, Working Group on National Fibre Policy, the Cotton Association of India, Mumbai and the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Institute for Textiles & Management, Coimbatore.

In January 2013, Mani joined the Textile Exchange Europe Board of Directors. 



Discussion Highlights


To download all learning material please register for the Collaborative Learning Series here info@textileexchange.org 

Links to Further Reading

Bergman Rivera http://www.bergmanrivera.com/our_partners.php

Pratibha Syntex http://www.pratibhasyntex.com/vasudha.swf

Appachi Cotton http://www.appachicotton.com/

Links to a few companies tracing products and telling stories of origin