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June 23, 2022

US Cotton Trust Protocol, ISEAL to tackle global challenges together

The US Cotton Trust Protocol has been accepted as a community member of ISEAL, which helps credited sustainability systems drive greater impact across sustainability, biodiversity and human rights issues.

By Fi Forrest

The US Cotton Trust Protocol has completed what is described as a rigorous and meticulous approval process to join a growing number of well-respected sustainability organisations within the ISEAL community.

The US Cotton Trust Protocol wants to set a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton by supporting those across the apparel supply chain.

By becoming an ISEAL community member, it plans to work alongside other mission-driven sustainability organisations to improve the effectiveness of its systems and demonstrate positive impact. 

Karin Kreider, ISEAL’s executive director says: “The Trust Protocol supports cotton producers to develop bespoke management plans aimed at improving their sustainability, and innovative use of data and metrics supports measurement of success over time. We are excited to have a fresh perspective in the ISEAL learning community, and to have another member working to improve sustainability outcomes in the cotton sector.” 

ISEAL Community Members must be committed to continually improving their systems through learning and innovation, with emphasis on the importance of collaboration. They also are required to be transparent about how their programme’s work and measure impacts. 

The Trust Protocol says it is the only fibre sustainability system that provides quantifiable, verifiable goals and measurement and drives continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics – land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. It also is said to be the world’s first sustainable cotton fibre to offer its members article-level supply chain transparency through the Protocol Consumption Management Solution. 

Dr. Gary Adams, president of the US Cotton Trust Protocol is proud to be an accepted ISEAL community member and explains: “ISEAL Community membership provides the Trust Protocol the continued opportunity to set a new standard in more sustainable cotton production where full transparency is a reality and continuous improvement to reduce our environmental footprint is the central goal.” 

Earlier this month, the US Cotton Trust Protocol was recognised by Partnership for Sustainable Textiles as a standard for sustainable cotton by Siegelklarheit. 

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