"FiBL very much appreciates the endeavour of OCA to join forces of the textile brands to ensure the long term availability of non-GM cotton seed. This is very much needed in countries like India with 95% genetically modified cotton. We are convinced that breeding cotton cultivars specifically for organic conditions is essential not only for the small holder farmers but also for the integrity of the whole supply chain from seed to T-shirt."
“Organic cotton is a core part of our 2020 goal to only source cotton from sustainable sources. Since the challenges along the value chain are shared and industry-wide, we believe that collaboration is key to address them. We are happy to be one of the founding members of the Organic Cotton Accelerator, so we can continue being actively involved in further strengthening the supply, demand and the integrity of organic cotton.”
"EILEEN FISHER supports the Organic Cotton Accelerator because we believe in the importance of a thriving organic agricultural sector. If only a few farmers recognize the business case for producing organic cotton, we not only risk losing supply of a core sustainable fiber, we also loose soil fertility, biodiversity and clean water, three key ingredients for sustaining life."
"As a founding funder, we believe that OCA—a pre-competitive multi stakeholder initiative—brings the collective action, networks, funding and market leverage needed to grow the organic cotton market and ultimately improve the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farming families."
"The OCA enables organic cotton frontrunners to unlock the potential of the sector. We facilitate collaborative action on the issues that need to be addressed together. Besides, we enable individual interventions to be optimized building on lessons learned in the (organic) cotton sector and beyond. Together with our partners, we take the organic cotton sector upwards and onwards."