Global Organic Cotton Community Platform

The Global Organic Cotton Community Platform serves as a vibrant network and discussion platform for professionals worldwide with a stake in the organic cotton sector. This platform has been created for members of the global organic cotton community to share conversations, knowledge and information about organic and fair-trade cotton.

We invite you to join our online . All discussion topics are democratically elected by the Community through a voting system, hosted by a topic expert, moderated daily and summarised in three languages for your convenience.

It is open to all interested people having a stake in the organic and fair-trade cotton area. There is no fee to participate. Just register and your account will be activated for log-in. Once registered you have full access to all previous discussions.

Why Participate in this space?

As a Member of the Global Organic Cotton Community Space, you can look forward to:

  • quick responses to your questions on hot issues
  • saving time gathering information
  • staying up to date with the latest news
  • being part of a constantly evolving network of people working in the same field of interest
  • participating in shaping strategies in the global organic cotton sector
  • key learnings and summaries of discussions held in topic-specific online dialogues

Online Dialogues on Organic Cotton

Our overall area of interest is “organic and fair-trade cotton”. Within this thematic area topics to be discussed are defined by participants themselves, based on their needs and interests.

Background

In recent years Helvetas (the Swiss Association for International Cooperation), ICCO (Dutch Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation) and Textile Exchange intensified their collaboration in the area of organic and fair-trade cotton, in order to use synergies and work more efficiently by exchanging information and by learning from each others’ experiences.

We felt the need to have additional tools and processes to exchange views, opinions and experiences, both among ourselves and with other people working in the organic cotton sector. So we decided to establish and run a web platform to exchange knowledge and information on organic and fair-trade cotton complementing face to face meetings.

In 2008 Helvetas, ICCO and SECO (Swiss state secretariat for economic affairs) assured co-funding to bring the Global Organic Cotton Community space into being. The web platform went live in June 2009 and is managed by the Organic & Fairtrade Competence Centre of Helvetas and by Textile Exchange.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Community!