The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) is the only multi-stakeholder organisation dedicated to organic cotton. As a global platform, OCA is committed to bringing integrity, supply security and measurable social and environmental impact to organic cotton.
OCA unites the sector to unleash the potential of organic cotton because the MSI envisions a future where we have fully realised the Organic Cotton Effect - organic cotton’s powerful and positive impact on people, planet and prosperity.
Since the establishment in 2016, with founding partners Laudes Foundation, H&M, Kering, Eileen Fisher, Textile Exchange, Tchibo, Inditex and C&A, OCA has been committed to convening the sector around a common agenda and using our platform’s collective investments to act as a catalyst for change.
At OCA, special attention is paid to two central measures: firstly, the support of small farmers through training and premium payments to strengthen the business case for organic cotton farming and secondly; the promotion of environmentally friendly practices in organic cotton cultivation.
The main instrument of the initiative is the optimisation of common procurement practices amongst its members. This means enhancing farmer profitability and prosperity, contributing to environmental sustainability, and ultimately bolstering the integrity of the cotton sector. This cotton season of 2020/21, procurement projects led by partner brands cover around 23,000 farmers in five Indian states (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan). Building on the past successes of its programmes, OCA is currently developing its Strategy Plan for 2030 and planning to expand its geographic scope to other key-producing countries beyond India.
Further information about the vision and activities can be found at OCA´s website..