Member Benefits

The Trust Protocol is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, recognized by Textile Exchange and Forum for the Future, and part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and Cotton 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge. The program has also been recognized and published in the ITC Standards Map.

The program has also been approved as a standard for sustainable cotton bySiegelklarheit, an initiative of the German Federal Government (Partnership for Sustainable Textiles). Following a rigorous and meticulous approval process, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol was accepted as a community member of ISEAL, only eighteen months after the program’s launch.

Launched in 2020, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is designed to set a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton, ensuring it contributes to the protection and preservation of the planet, using the most sustainable and responsible techniques.

The program’s mission is to bring quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to the key sustainability metrics of U.S. cotton production with a vision where transparency is a reality and continuous improvement to improve our environmental footprint is the central goal.

Aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the Trust Protocol is the only system that provides quantifiable and 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. As well as the world’s first sustainable cotton fiber to offer article-level supply chain transparency to all members.

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Deepika Mishra

Standards and Data Lead (consultant)

Deepika Mishra is the Standards and Data Lead for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, acting as a consultant for the program. As an accomplished scientist and data analytics specialist, Deepika leads on analysis of the Trust Protocol’s environmental metrics. She collaborates extensively with agricultural research institutions, conservation groups, and food and trade organizations, playing a vital role in the establishment of sustainability and social standards within the industry.

Deepika earned her Ph.D. in plant and soil science from Texas Tech University, specializing in cotton breeding and genetics. With over a decade of experience, she has spearheaded diverse agricultural projects in both India and the United States, covering crops like cotton, cowpeas, castor, sesame, guar, guayule, tomato, and field pennycress (cover crop). Her contributions also include the development and release of multiple cowpea varieties in India during her M.S. studies in vegetable breeding and genetics.