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Global Cotton Sustainability Conference 2019

Over 300 representatives from across the cotton supply chain met in Shanghai on 12 and 13 June for the 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference.


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The conference, hosted by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), brought the sector together to debate sustainable aspects of cotton growing. The Bremen Cotton Exchange was represented by its board member Henning Hammer, CEO Otto Stadtlander GmbH.

Focused on farmer stories

Smallholder cotton farmers from India, Pakistan and China, and large-scale cotton farmers from Australia, Brazil, China and South Africa took to the stage to share their personal stories from the field.

Collaboration across standards

Representatives from Fairtrade Foundation, Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA), Cotton Australia, ABRAPA, Cotton made in Africa, Textile Exchange, BCI and ISEAL came together at the conference to share their insights on capacity building and field-level impacts. Each of these organisations also contributed to the development of the conference agenda.

Contemporary (re)thinking

Throughout the conference, attendees joined industry experts to take part in hands-on, interactive sessions covering timely field-level, supply-chain and consumer-facing topics. Participants explored subjects such as adapting to a warmer world, the value of raw cotton, challenges faced by women in agriculture, and how to engage consumers on sustainability.

Source: Better Cotton Initiative