With the aim to get to know each other (better) and to bring forward ideas for joint activities the first face-to-face meeting of the Global Organic Cotton Community took place this afternoon. Out of the 153 registered members about 50 people met and discussed in small groups on burning issues and potential joint activities as suggested by the community members themselves. Intensive discussions in at least three different languages led the participants of the session to define next steps and to reveal even new ideas.
One group for instance discussed about reduction of certification costs. Here just a few ideas that came up:
- reduce certification costs by trained local inspectors for organic certification, as most of the certification bodies are located in Europe and therefore (travel) costs for inspection are high
- bring together organic and fair-trade certification into one certification
- Try to get more group certifications than individual certification.
- Harmonize the Internal Control Systems.
It is planned to bring in the new suggestions of the discussion groups into the Global Organic Cotton Community online dialogues. If you aren’t already registered at www.organiccotton.org you might catch up on this as soon as possible.