Mumbai 2015

Location: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Mumbai, India

Date: Thursday 8th October 2015 

Time:  9:00 - 18:00



We are delighted to anounce that this year's Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) will be be held in Mumbai, India, on Thursday 8th October 2015, following the annual Textile Sustainability Conference. 

Since its inaugural meeting in Hong Kong in 2012, the OCRT has come a long way in its efforts to find solutions to some of the sector’s biggest challenges, and these annual meetings are a significant part of this success.



This section will be updated with more detailed information as it becomes available. For now, please see below for an outline of the day's activities and a taster of some of the speaker's and thought-starters that will be joining us in Mumbai.


  • Mr. Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director and Sustainability Champion, Arvind Mill
  • Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum For The Future


  • Strengthening and Rewarding Integrity
  • Investing in and Converting to Organic
  • New Markets for Organic Products
  • The New SDGs - Measuring Impact


Chat over lunch in smaller groups: Topic leaders will head up smaller group discussions. You are free to move from table to table or stay in discussion over your favourite topic.


Help map out the strategy for one of our three focus areas:

  • Business Models
  • Seed & Soils
  • Consumer Engagement 


'Dragons Den' style event - eight finalists will give their compelling pitches in three minutes … Who will our judges award the 'OCRT Innovation Prize'?


  • Helmut Hälker, CEO, Remei
  • Michiko Komatsu, Pre Organic Cotton Program
  • Prama Bhardwaj, CEO and Founder, Mantis World
  • Arun Ambatipudi, Executive Director, Chetna Organic
  • Martin Hill, Executive Commercial Officer, Fairtrade International
  • David Millar, Head of Fabric, Yarn & Components, Global Sourcing Management, C&A
  • Stefan Dierks, Category Leader CR Product & Strategy, Tchibo
  • and more…



Registration has now opened! Click here to register for the 2015 Organic Cotton Round Table (please note that this event remains free of charge). The same link will also allow you to register for the 2015 Textiles Sustainability Conference.

Post-conference tours: Please also note that this year there is also the option to add a post-conference tour to your registration pack. Tours are hosted by either Appachi, Arvind, bioRe, CottonConnect or Pratibha Syntex and involve visiting farms and/or processing facilites, along with experiencing the local culture. More information is available within the registration process. 



It has been a busy time since Portland and we are excited to be able to tell you about some new releases:














Download the 'Talk Around The Table' highlights summary from last year's OCRT in Portland.

Watch our series of 'Seed Dialogue' video interviews filmed at the 2013 OCRT in Istanbul.
  View the graphic recording of Istanbul's OCRT, illustrated by Carlotta Cataldi.   View the graphic recording of OCA's launch in Portland last year.



Fairtrade international is part of the international Fairtrade system, which represents the world's largest and most recognized system promoting fair trade. Organic and Fairtrade initiatives share very similar values, as well as some similar challenges, and we are therefore delighted to see the long running partnership between the OCRT and Fairtrade continue this year in Mumbai.



The Pre Organic Cotton (POC) Program began in 2008 and is managed by Japanese companies Kurrku and ITOCHU. POC helps cotton farmers in India make the transition to organic by giving guidance on farming methods during the three-year transition period, and supporting the organic certification process.

Green Cotton Project, developed under FiBL and supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland, is a participatory cotton breeding program for organic and resource efficient cropping systems in India.

This year’s OCRT will be run as a joint event with the fourth face-to-face meeting of the Global Organic Cotton Community Platform, a collaborative project involving ICCOSECOHELVETAS  Swiss Intercooperation and Textile Exchange.



UK based research and consulting business Change Agency helps companies to anticipate, plan and deliver change successfully, and is ‘an antidote to traditional consultants’. Change Agency will this year be a formal partner of the OCRT and continue to support and facilitate the effective running of this ever-popular event.

The Global Organic Textile Standard is a comprehensive standard that allows companies to ensure that their organic fiber products are produced to very strict criteria relating to quality, tracking, and social and environmental considerations. Textile Exchange is a strong supporter of GOTS, and we encourage all companies to strive to have their products meet this important standard.


If you are interested in collaborating with TE on this year's Organic Cotton Round Table event in Mumbai, please contact Liesl Truscott ( for details.