The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) is proud to announce a new member to our Board of Trustees – Isabelle Roger, Senior Policy Advisor at Solidaridad Network (Europe). This appointment demonstrates OCA’s commitment to ensuring the Board of Trustees is truly representative of the diversity of voices and stakeholders within the organic cotton sector. Isabelle’s arrival means OCA now has two civil society organisations serving on its Board of Trustees; Solidaridad and Pesticide Action Network UK.

A passionate advocate for sustainable and inclusive value chains which put the farmer first, Isabelle brings over a decade of experience working with multi-stakeholder platforms, policy makers and companies in the cotton value chain to her new role as Board Trustee at OCA. As a Senior Policy Advisor at Solidaridad, she is leading a new programme that will focus on bringing the voices from civil society in the South to the global discussion on sustainability.

Commenting on the appointment, Isabelle Roger said:

“I am proud and pleased to contribute to OCA becoming more reflective of the organic cotton sector it represents, through the addition of a civil society organisation in its Board of Trustees. OCA’s power lies in its ability to support farmers beyond certification to address the very real bottlenecks to sustainability that exist at farm level. At Solidaridad, we aim to put farmers at the centre of sustainability initiatives, and I am joining OCA as I believe the organisation shares the same belief about the importance of creating value at the farm level.” 

We are delighted to announce this Trustee appointment,” said OCA Board Chair, Keith Tyrell.

Isabelle brings a considerable commitment to highlighting and advocating against the vulnerability of farmers in global value chains. Her work has always sought to improve the position of farmers and we look forward to harnessing her energy, passion and deep knowledge in our Board of Trustees. Welcoming another civil society organisation to OCA also supports our mission to unite the sector to unleash the potential of organic cotton from field all the way through to fashion.