Hong Kong 2012

We are pleased to announce that Textile Exchange will be hosting inaugural meeting of the Organic Cotton Round Table in Hong Kong on the 3rd October, the day before the Textile Exchange conference officially begins.  We would be delighted if you could join us at the meeting and shape the future of this vital and exciting initiative. Find out what others are saying.

Collaboration with Fairtrade International

Organic and Fairtrade initiatives share very similar values, objectives, and principles, and many grower groups in developing countries (and brands/retailers) choose to be both organic and Fairtrade certified. Both initiatives also share some of the challenges and barriers to growth such as securing farmers have access to non-GMO seed, and finding mutually beneficial ways for producers and brands/retailers to work together - in a way that provides long-term security for farmers, and from which farming communities can flourish.

With our shared interests Textile Exchange and Fairtrade International have continued to build stronger working relationships and have agreed to co-convene the Round Table in Hong Kong.


The Round Table will involve facilitated discussion, mostly led by the participants on the day. As a rough agenda we are dividing the meeting into three parts: a context-setting session followed by a deep dive into the most critical issues for the sector, and finishing with an open discussion about how participants want the Round Table to operate from this point forward.

This will be a closed meeting, so we will need you to confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience. The meeting will run from 2pm to 5pm in the Hong Kong Conference Centre. The agenda can be found here.

An Introduction to the key issues

In preparation for the meeting in Hong Kong briefing papers on seed and business models have been prepared. 

Introducing the seed issue were Dr Jane Dever and Dr Monika Mesmers.

Dr. Jane Dever is a cotton geneticist based at Texas AgriLife Research Lubbock. Jane was recently appointed to a two-year term on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council in the US. Jane's audio ppt presentation can be viewed here.


Dr. Monika Mesmers is a plant breeder for organic farming at the Research Station of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland. Monika has a special interest in breeding for plant x microbe interaction and in participatory breeding approaches combining traditional and modern knowledge, e.g. cotton breeding in India. Monika's audio ppt presentation can be viewed here.

Topic Briefings

>> Business Models

>> Seed Issues 


Topic Summaries (meeting outputs)

>> Business Models

>> Seed Issues