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What is the Organic Cotton Accelerator?

The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) focuses on creating a prosperous organic cotton sector that benefits everyone—from farmer to consumer. We tackle the challenges in the sector to realize the benefits that organic cotton can bring for people, planet and long-term prosperity.


At OCA, we take a unique approach to our work that focuses upon farmer-level impact. We do not just seek to increase the organic cotton supply, but to grow demand for organic cotton that has been produced in a way that strengthens the business case for farmers. By rewarding the right practices on the ground, our work catalyses a wider chain reaction that goes beyond positive change at farm-level and creates opportunities for all in organic cotton.

  • We improve the livelihoods of organic cotton farmers and supply chain actors through market interventions that reward positive impact
  • We add value for industry by helping to secure a long-term organic cotton supply with assured quality and integrity
  • We create opportunities for sector growth by enabling credible impact claims to be made about organic cotton

Our latest news

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OCA is looking for a Program Director! 6th of November 2017
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OCA supports cross sector initiatives: Dutch Sustainable Textile Covenant & Cotton 2040 6th of July 2017
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The true potential of organic cotton 28th of June 2017
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Presenting OCA’s new Program Coordinator: Jaskiran Warrik! 23rd of June
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Article on optimizing brands’ supply chain interventions for organic cotton 18th of April 2017
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OCA publishes Annual Report 2016 14th of April 2017
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Organic Cotton's Threshold moment: Call for Collective Action event @ Berlin April 10th 2017
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Organic Cotton's Threshold Moment Article March 17th 2017
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The growth in ‘Better Cotton’ marks a win for all sustainable cotton November 8th 2016
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New frontrunners join OCA October 18th 2016
What we do

As an accelerator, we unite those who are committed to being part of the change in organic cotton. Together with our market-driven interventions that are designed to be self-sustaining and scalable in the long-run, we build on existing initiatives, mobilize others into action and create shared opportunities across the supply chain.

For all our interventions, the magic is in the mix. The solutions are interlinked, reinforce each other, and should be developed and implemented jointly to work at a larger systemic sector level. The Organic Cotton Accelerator continuously aims to bring them together.

Our sourcing interventions in India put farmer livelihoods at the heart of the organic cotton sector. We work through the supply chains of participating  partner brands to introduce new sourcing practices that serve to secure the integrity of organic cotton, provide access to quality seeds, and strengthen the business case for farmers.

We are taking collaborative action to address the critical shortage of quality organic cotton seeds. To address the root causes at seed-level, we are investing in the ‘Seeding the Green Future’ seed breeding program and conducting advocacy efforts to create the right conditions for quality organic cotton seeds to grow.

We provide a convening platform to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learned in the sector. Through our events, webinars and workshops, we align different actors towards a collective vision and joint action to accelerate the sector towards a better future for organic cotton.

Who are OCA’s partners?

OCA represents a significant portion of the organic cotton sector and unites key industry players committed to taking collective action in organic cotton.

Our partners include brands, supply partners, NGOs, knowledge institutes and sector platforms.

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Knowledge

OCA is committed to growing a prosperous organic cotton sector. We feel this can only be obtained by sector-wide collaboration and sharing of knowledge. By collaboratively growing what we know about organic cotton and what is needed for a prosperous sector, we grow the future together.

Below you will find relevant articles and reports. Feel that you have something to contribute? Contact us!

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Let’s grow the future together

With your support, we can do more. To accelerate the shift towards a prosperous organic cotton sector, we need the participation and commitment of more brands, retailers, processors, producers, governments and civil society organization to be part of the change.


Why Join?
Join us to realize the benefits that a system of shared value brings to your organization.

Ethical leadership. Be part of the community of sustainability frontrunners recognized as leading the organic cotton movement in the fashion industry.

 Collaborative innovation. Participate in knowledge platforms where innovative ideas, lessons learned and best practices are shared between key industry players, while collaborating on outcomes for greater impact.

Early adopter. Adopt better sourcing practices for organic cotton through our pilot projects designed to enhance traceability, credibility and the business case for you and all actors in your supply chain.

Safeguard the future of organic cotton. Take the urgent action required to secure the supply of organic cotton, now and in the future.

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"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."

Monika Messmer Head of Plant Breeding for Organic Farming – FiBL Switzerland (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture)
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“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.”

Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten Sustainability business expert H&M and member of the IC committee
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"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."

Shona Quinn Sustainability Leader - EILEEN FISHER
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"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."

Leslie Johnston Executive Director - C&A Foundation
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"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."

Hilde Van Duijn Acting Executive Director - OCA