We were delighted to be able to host the International Congress on Organic Cotton "From Fashion to Sustainability", which was organized as part of the UN Year of Natural Fibers 2009. The congress was coordinated by Helvetas in collaboration with international partners and took place from September 21 - 25, 2009 at the Casino Kursaal in Interlaken, Switzerland. Below you can find a detailed documentation of presentations held during the event.
Throughout the congress, blogs were written and short videos of interviews were conducted. Try it out, it's a great ressource:
Value chain and partnership models
Corporate Social Investment
Financing organic cotton production and trade
How to manage organic cotton production
Local organic cotton processing
Business partnering with farmers - how to build partnerships?
Sustainable consumption and production, Marrakesh
Global context of organic cotton production
More political support for organic and fair trade - existing instruments & remaining gaps
Sustainable public textile procurement
Origins of the most important on-product labels
Future of chemical criteria: Advanced discussion
Supply-chain ethics: Social and Fair Trade explained
Organic cotton and GMO
Environmental aspects in wet-processing
Good marketing & good communication
Organic cotton & climate change
Developing local & regional markets
Knowing the impact of organic cotton production
Consumer awareness and platforms
Which certification program and label to choose?
Results and secrets from the day