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May 20, 2020

Cotton Council International joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Cotton Council International (CCI) has become the latest to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group's sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.

By Beth Wright

Cotton Council International (CCI) has become the latest to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.

CCI joins more than 250 global brands, retailers, and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organisations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.

A non-profit trade association, CCI promotes US cotton fibre and manufactured cotton products around the globe with the Cotton USA mark.

“With shared ambition in providing robust environmental data to the sector, we will collaborate to enable greater supply chain transparency and informed decision making,” says Steph Thiers-Ratcliffe, CCI director of European brands and retailers.

In its relationship with the SAC, CCI will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance and drives supply chain transparency and decision-making to improve efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an indicator-based suite of tools that enables suppliers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities, and processes based on environmental performance, social labor practices, and product design choices.

SAC executive director Amina Razvi adds: “Having CCI as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the industry and accelerates the change we’re making towards responsible industry actions.”

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