One of the actions resulting from TE’s 2016 Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) meeting in Hamburg was to create a regional strategy for Turkey and the surrounding region, and there was keen interest to build on the success of the workshop TE hosted during the EKOLOJİ IZMIR Organic Products Fair in 2016 (see the workshop highlights here). With the OCRT having evolved to become THE shared space for the organic cotton community to gather and collaborate, and with EKOLOJİ IZMIR wanting to strengthen its focus on organic cotton, it seemed only logical to apply the framework of the OCRT – and so, in collaboration with İZFAŞ and EKOLOJİ IZMIR, the “Regional-OCRT” was born!


    Friday 28th April 2017, with a networking cocktail reception on 27th and a cultural excursion on the 29th (details to be announced soon)

    Fuarizmir, Izmir – Turkey’s newest and biggest fair complex. 

     The EKOLOJİ IZMIR Organic Products Fair, hosted by IZFAS, is the leading trade fair for the organic sector in Turkey. The fair takes place annually at Fuarizmir, Turkey’s largest fair center, and is growing each year. Seeing the growth of interest in organic textiles,EKOLOJİ IZMIR is strengthening its focus in this area and, in April 2016, invited TE to deliver a workshop. The workshop was highly successful and attracted key players and leading experts from across the industry, as well as over 70 representatives from both Turkish and international textile companies. Following strong signals during the 2016 OCRT in Hamburg that there was sufficient demand for the continuation of such workshops,EKOLOJİ IZMIR and TE formed a collaboration to develop this into an annual event, applying the framework of the well-established Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT). 

    Through bringing together the strengths and capabilities of EKOLOJİ IZMIR and TE, the aim is to support the development of the organic textiles sector in Turkey and surrounding regions and to maximize the reach and impact of these efforts. The Regional-OCRT will offer an international audience the chance to learn more about the unique benefits of sourcing from this region, with its strong history in organic agriculture and high quality, vertically integrated production.

    What Will Happen On the Day?
    Confirmed speakers so far include representatives from H&M, Timberland and Control Union, and providing the welcome address will be Ms. Z Gül Şener, Executive Board Member of Fuarizmir. More details to be announced soon!

    The day will take the form of a series of facilitated workshops involving stakeholders from across the textile supply chain. The exact focus of these workshops will be defined in line with the findings of the Market Research Scoping Project (MOSP) described below.
Attendees will have the opportunity to:
•    Learn more about key trends and projections for the region’s sustainable textiles sector, particularly organic cotton, with a growing market demand both internationally and domestically.
•    Learn about the unique benefits of sourcing from this dynamic region, with its proximity to Europe, non-GMO status, high quality fiber, vertically integrated production and strong history in organic production being just some of the advantages.
•    Gain skills and ideas for redefining your strategy, exploring together ways of adding real value to your business practices and improving your reputation throughout the supply chain.
•    Learn from “best practice” examples of renowned key players in the industry.
•    Identify business opportunities and connect with international players.
•    Participate not only in the event, but also have the opportunity to join ongoing task forces and working groups focused on key areas.
•    Identify the next steps and practical, achievable actions required for improvement and innovation both in your business and specifically in the region.
The agenda for this event is still in development but will be uploaded to this page as soon as available, so check back regularly for updates!

Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP)

     As part of the collaboration with IZFAS, TE is working with Change Agency to conduct a Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP) in Turkey, Egypt, Central Asia and the wider European region. The MOSP will involve a series of interviews with companies and organizations representing each section of the region’s value network to explore the market opportunities and identify any blockages or mis-perceptions that need to be dealt with.

    The findings of the MOSP will be announced during the R-OCRT and will form the basis of the day’s discussions and workshops. You can learn more about the MOSP click here, including the opportunities available to interested companies to partner this work.

     This event is free to attend but you must register using the link below. Please register as early as possible to ensure sufficient space and resources are made available.

     Become A Partner
     We are still looking for partners for the R-OCRT! If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available, click here for more details and get in touch!


     Get In Touch
     If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing the OCRT TEam.
“We see a real opportunity in forming and establishing a Regional Organic Cotton Round Table (R-OCRT) in Turkey, which will also involve Central Asian and North African sourcing countries and European markets. We are thrilled to have IZFAS as the first global host of an R-OCRT”.
Simone Seisl, Regional Ambassador for Europe, Textile Exchange