Participant Grower Benefits

U.S. cotton growers have traditionally led the way in innovation, quality and the responsible stewardship of our land. But evolving attitudes regarding sustainability, the likelihood of new EU textile regulation, and changing priorities among brands, retailers and consumers is threatening our future.

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The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® Participant Grower Benefits

U.S. cotton growers have traditionally led the way in innovation, quality and the responsible stewardship of our land. But evolving attitudes regarding sustainability, the likelihood of new EU textile regulation, and changing priorities among brands, retailers and consumers is threatening our future.

Because of these pressures, brands and retailers are placing far more emphasis on their own sustainability plans – turning to cotton validated by other initiatives.

U.S. cotton growers risk being shut out – simply because we’re not considered sustainable.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® provides brands and retailers with a measurable sustainability program that helps U.S. cotton growers demonstrate continuous improvement through a data-backed and third-party verified program.

The Trust Protocol system will help you tell your story by displaying our innovations, tenacity and the many advances U.S. growers have deployed to make U.S. cotton sustainable.

By committing to the sustainability measures and signing up for the Trust Protocol, you unlock

    • Access to peer data to baseline your own operation
    • Verified data year-over-year
    • Closer communication with your end-use customer
    • Insights and best practices from across the industry
Most importantly you get the opportunity to begin the journey to ensure the future of your operation and U.S. cotton.

Participant growers will also receive:

    • Use of the Trust Protocol logo to market your cotton
    • Confidential access to third-party, verified sustainability performance metrics of your operations
    • Customized reporting of U.S. cotton’s aggregate sustainability metrics
    • Access to the Trust Protocol’s mass balance credit accounting system
    • Recognition on the Trust Protocol website as a participant grower
    • Regular grower communications of Trust Protocol news and other information

Testimonials

 “As a fourth-generation cotton grower, I’m excited to do my part to help ensure the future of U.S. cotton and I’m proud to be among the first growers to support and join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, which sets a new standard for responsibly grown cotton. I look forward to using the tools and insights provided by the Trust Protocol to help further my own sustainability efforts and to produce the best cotton possible for U.S. cotton consumers across the globe.”

Matt Coley

Producer, Vienna, Georgia

“The United States has always been a leading force behind advancing sustainability in cotton production. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, with its unique reporting and tracking system, represents another major advancement in that regard. By demonstrating the sustainability progress we have collectively achieved, we can give brands and retailers the confidence they need to continue purchasing U.S. cotton. Joining the Trust Protocol will help ensure that our industry will remain competitive and that the U.S. will continue to be a leader when it comes to responsible growing practices.”

Steve Dyer

Merchant, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Cordova, Tennessee

“I joined the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol because I recognize that we must do a better job at telling the tremendous story behind our industry’s commitment to more sustainable growing practices. As a grower who believes in being a good steward of the land, I firmly believe we can do more to reduce our soil and water use, improve our energy conservation measures and tackle the tough issues of greenhouse gases and protecting wildlife habitats. These are priorities that transcend individual farms, but if we work together through the Trust Protocol, our grower community can and will make great strides on these critical objectives.” 

Ted Schneider

Producer, Lake Providence, Louisiana

Ensuring the Future of U.S. Cotton

We want to help cotton producers share their stories and continue improving their sustainability commitments. In this video, cotton growers share why the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is important to ensure the future of U.S. cotton