Enrollment is open for cotton growers to the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol for the 2021 cotton crop. Existing members will also need to re-enroll their operations. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol sets a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton amid greater demand for transparency. Ted Schneider, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol board member, and a Louisiana cotton producer says enrollment is simple and easy.
Schneider says the Protocol brings verifiable goals and measurement to sustainable cotton production, which is something customers of U.S. cotton seek.
The Trust Protocol proves, measures and verifies U.S. cotton’s sustainability credentials, giving brands and retailers the critical assurances needed that the cotton fiber element of their supply chain is more sustainably grown with lower environmental and social risk. The system also lets U.S. grower’s document and showcase their land management and environmental stewardship practices while helping them achieve continuous improvement in six sustainability metrics: land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency.
The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) encourages producers to enroll in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol initiative.
Learn more at: TrustUSCotton.org.