Brands and Retailers

In a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol sets a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton.

It is the only system that provides quantifiable, verifiable goals and measurement in six key sustainability metrics and article-level supply chain transparency. Together this represents one of the most ambitious and robust sustainability initiatives available.

Membership in the Trust Protocol will provide brands and retailers with:


Member Pricing Structure

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol’s pricing structure for brands and retailers covers program membership and consumption of cotton tracked through the Protocol Consumption Management Solution (PCMS) at a rate determined by the member’s forecasted consumption for the current Protocol Year.* It is a turnkey, transparent pricing structure with no additional fees. 

Fees cover program administration and infrastructure with the aim of providing distributions back to Trust Protocol grower members.

Fee Pricing Structure

Fees are based on an annual membership fee* and a volume-based system for claiming Protocol Consumption Units.

Less than
$10 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 12,500 Annually

$10 to
< $50 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 25,000 Annually

$50 to
< $100 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 37,500 Annually

$100 Million
& Greater

Company Annual Revenues
$ 50,000 Annually

Cost Consumption Structure

Annual Cotton Consumption (MT) < 35% 36 to 70% 71 to 99% 100%
< 5,000 $8.50 $8.00 $7.25 $6.50
5,000 to 20,000 $7.50 $7.00 $6.25 $5.50
20,001 to 50,000 $6.50 $6.00 $5.25 $4.50
50,001 to 100,000 $5.25 $4.75 $4.00 $3.50
> 100,000 $4.00 $3.50 $2.75 $2.25

*Cotton tracked through the PCMS includes both Protocol Cotton and U.S. Cotton.
** Pilot phase fees are covered by the program.


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Deepika Mishra

Sustainability Consultant

Deepika is a passionate, innovative, enthusiastic scientist with demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate worldwide in the development of novel life sciences technologies and techniques to enhance sustainable agriculture to have a true impact that addresses challenges of climate change. She works as a sustainability consultant for the National Cotton Council and Cotton Council International.