The OCA platform receives funding from grants and from OCA’s Contributors through an annual Contributor fee. In addition, participating Contributors in the Farm Programme fund their own farm projects.
Who we are
Organic Cotton Accelerator is a multi-stakeholder organisation advancing farmer prosperity whilst creating a transparent, resilient, and responsible organic cotton supply chain.
Enabling collaborative action
Our group of industry partners reflects the global supply chain that we represent. And that’s important; because our industry showcases the power of multiplicity – it’s multicultural, multinational and multilingual. We have a responsibility to ensure that our organisation and Contributors continue to feature a diversity of stakeholders to give voice to every actor in this sector.
Governance that accelerates change
Our governance keeps us accountable. It ensures that OCA, as a multi-stakeholder initiative, is inclusive, effective and fit-for-purpose. It also makes sure that we’re shifting the sector from individual action to collective investment – scaling the cultivation, use and integrity of organic cotton, with farmers getting paid more for their efforts.
Why we exist
Since our establishment in 2016, with founding partners Laudes Foundation, H&M, Kering, Eileen Fisher, Textile Exchange, Tchibo, Inditex, and C&A, OCA has committed to convening the sector around a common agenda and using our platform’s collective investments to act as a catalyst for change.
We believe in a future where we have fully realised the Organic Cotton Effect – organic cotton’s powerful and positive impact on people, planet, and prosperity.
OCA unites the sector to unleash organic cotton’s potential for positive impact, from field to fashion, for people and the planet.
What we do
Our Theory of Change model defines what we want to achieve and the action we’re taking to take to get us there. It clearly defines our strategic priorities and how we’re accelerating change through our partnerships, our Programmes, research and development, and continuous improvement. It also highlights the pivotal role our Contributors play in supporting the adoption of organic practices, improving resource access, and providing stable demand for organic cotton.
Our building blocks
These key beliefs form the cornerstones of our strategic direction:
- We believe in the life-changing effect of organic cotton.
- We believe organic cotton is the catalyst for a truly sustainable textiles sector.
- We understand the challenges of switching to / sticking with organic cotton.
- We believe in being honest about these challenges so we learn and adapt together.
- We believe farmers have the right to grow organic cotton and everyone has the right to buy it.
- We believe change isn’t happening fast enough. This is our last chance to create a sector fit for tomorrow.
We’re looking for partners to help us unleash the potential of organic cotton.
Supporting and accelerating the adoption of organic cotton contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals in numerous ways:
- 1 – No Poverty: higher farmer income / income diversification
- 2 – Zero Hunger: sustainable farming systems / crop diversification
- 3 – Good Health and Well-Being: less exposure to toxic chemicals / safe working practices
- 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation: less water used than for conventional cotton
- 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: seed innovation / farmer education
- 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production: educate in-conversion / reduce & reuse waste / disseminate best practices and available technologies
- 15 – Life on Land: Safeguard biodiversity / regeneration practices / ensure long-term sustainability
- 17 – Partnerships for the Goals: farm to brand partnerships / data & transparency / third party verification of payments and farmer benefits
How we help achieve them
Our Platform was founded to facilitate the collaboration that is needed to deliver large-scale impact throughout the entire value chain. Our Programmes deliver the key solutions required for the organic cotton sector to flourish.
Questions about OCA
OCA’s investments are overseen and led by a Board of Trustees representing the different stakeholder groups within the organic cotton and apparel sector. OCA’s Board of Trustees sets and stewards the organisation’s long-term strategic vision and direction, priorities and policies, and provides ultimate financial oversight. OCA also relies on input, directional guidance, and tactical execution support from its broader community of Contributor stakeholders (brands and retailers, manufacturers, traders, farmer organisations, philanthropy, civil society, and research institutes) and ad-hoc Task Forces, which are created as relevant to achieve specific objectives to further OCA’s mission.
OCA’s mission is to unite the sector to unleash the potential of organic cotton and deliver positive change for people and the planet. It acts as a conduit between the organic cotton standards and other industry and civil society stakeholders. OCA therefore has dialogue and collaboration with its Contributors and is supportive of other like-minded organisations and initiatives, including Textile Exchange and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
OCA unites the sector around a common agenda, bringing together all stakeholders in a common vision and driving real behaviour change. Farm level interventions deliver a secure market for farmers and supply chain transparency, whilst investments in seed, research, industry standards and traceability innovations create the conditions for a healthy and resilient sector.
Careers at OCA
Programme Manager – Turkey
Based in Turkey, the programme manager maintains the principal ties between OCA Farm Groups and Brands, has good InSite in the upstream textile supply chain such as spinning and manufacturing. The Programme Manager reports into the Head of Region South Asia whilst maintaining strong direct ties with the Amsterdam based OCA team.
We are growing our Communications team and looking for an enthusiastic Communications Officer based in New Delhi, India, to support our global communications. In this role, you can positively impact and contribute towards genuine, meaningful change during a critical time for our planet. We need your ideas, insights, and support to create impactful and engaging content across our channels.
Programme Manager – Farm Impact
Are you driven by making postive tangible difference both environmentally and on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers?
The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) is seeking a Programme Manager to lead the Farm Programme, one of OCA’s primary programmes in continuous improvement and stakeholder management.
Programme Officer- Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Based in New Delhi, this role is ideally suited for someone with 2-5 years’ experience in farm project auditing, certification, or voluntary verified programmes, in (organic) cotton. As the Programme Officer – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning you will report to the Programme Manager, South Asia as well as the International MEL Manager located in both India & Amsterdam.
Address: Rokin 102, 1012 KZ, Amsterdam, NL