About Us

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol sets a new standard for sustainably grown cotton. It brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to sustainable cotton production and drives continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics. 

The Trust Protocol is overseen by a multi-stakeholder Board of Directors comprised of representatives from brands and retailers, civil society and independent sustainability experts as well as the cotton-growing industry, including growers, ginners, merchants, wholesalers and cooperatives, mills and cottonseed handlers.

About our Affiliated Organizations

National Cotton Council

As the central organization for the U.S. cotton industry, the Council’s mission is to ensure the ability of all seven industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseeds and U.S.-manufactured products market at home and abroad.

About our Affiliated Organizations

Cotton Council International (CCI) and Cotton USA™

Cotton Council International (CCI) is a non-profit trade association that promotes U.S. cotton fiber and manufactured cotton products around the globe with our COTTON USA™ Mark. Our reach extends to more than 50 countries through 20 offices around the world. With more than 60 years of experience, CCI’s mission is to make U.S. cotton the preferred fiber for mills/manufacturers, brands/retailers and consumers, commanding a value-added premium that delivers profitability across the U.S. cotton industry and drives export growth of fiber, yarn and other cotton products.

About our Affiliated Organizations

Cotton Incorporated

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.

Growers

  • The Trust Protocol enables U.S. growers to prove their sustainable stewardship of the land and will further their efforts to achieve continuous improvement.

Brands & Retailers

  • Membership in the Trust Protocol will provide brands and retailers with quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement against sustainable cotton production.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol: Trust in a smarter cotton future.

We are proud to work with the following cotton industry members.