The US Cotton Trust Protocol has announced its membership of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global, industry-wide non-profit of over 250 members working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain.

The Trust Protocol joins apparel, footwear, and textile brands, retailers, manufacturers, sourcing agents, service providers, trade associations, non-profits/NGOs, and academic institutions in a shared vision of an industry that gives more than it takes – to the planet and its people.

As a member of the SAC, the Trust Protocol will provide a unique perspective from the US cotton industry through collective work with other members to measure sustainability progress, collaborate on research, and identify and mitigate industry challenges. As part of its core programme, the Trust Protocol is focused on six key sustainability metrics including land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.

"During a time of ever-growing supply chain scrutiny, being a member of the SAC is further validation of how the US Cotton Trust Protocol is working to set a new standard in more sustainable cotton production," says Dr Gary Adams, president of the US Cotton Trust Protocol. "While our grower members have a long history of sustainable cotton growing practices, they understand the importance of continuous improvement and have committed to meeting bold sustainability targets by 2025."

SAC executive director Amina Razvi adds: "We welcome the addition of the US Cotton Trust Protocol to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and look forward to its participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability. Having the Trust Protocol 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."

The Trust Protocol has welcomed more than 300 brand, retailer, mill and manufacturer members since its launch in 2020. This includes Gap, Inc and its collection of purpose-led lifestyle brands.

The first ten US mills joined the Trust Protocol in December, followed by the first Latin America-based mills earlier this year.

just-style spoke with Dr Gary Adams last year about how the initiative is ramping up to help brands and retailers better track the environmental impact of the cotton entering their supply chains: Setting a standard for more sustainably grown cotton.