New Partnership to Boost Cotton Sustainability in US

US-based Field to Market – the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol – have announced a new agreement that formalizes a partnership between the two organizations. The aim is to document and accelerate sustainable outcomes for U.S. cotton production. The new partnership intends to strengthen cotton growers and the value chain in driving continuous improvement, combining two of the industry’s leading sustainability assessment frameworks.

Together, the two organisations will assess progress against the U.S. cotton industry’s established environmental targets. By 2025, the industry aims to achieve targeted reductions in soil loss, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy use, alongside increased land use efficiency and soil carbon.  The Trust Protocol completed a successful project pilot in 2019, and has begun fully implementing its programs in 2020, with a goal to enroll at least 500 producers by December 2020.

Ken Burton, Executive Director of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol: “Sustainability is a growing priority for the U.S. cotton value chain, from consumers, brands, retailers to textile manufacturers. We are looking forward to collaborating with Field to Market to scale our collective sustainability impact, meet our industry targets and strengthen the sustainability of U.S. Cotton.”