Michael Sligh is Program Director at the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) USA. In his interview, Michael describes the need for more honest and open conversation across the supply chain to build synergy and aid peer learning. He proposes a new model built on cooperation, transparency and good faith, rather than one that is predatory, and advocates that social justice should be core to the notion of sustainability, highlighting the need to ensure that organic farmers are fairly rewarded for their socially and environmentally responsible activities.
Find more interviews and videos here: textileexchange.org/organic-cotton-round-table/videos/
And find out more about the Hamburg OCRT here: textileexchange.org/organic-cotton-round-table/ocrt-hamburg-2016/