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

Optional Deliverables

Ad-Hoc & Customized Reporting

Member Company receives customized reporting drawn from USDA, NASS and other industry data collected from actual growing operations in support of claims based upon sustainable metrics recorded and published in aggregate format. Prices to be determined based upon request and time required to deliver on request.

Access to Digital Resources and Aggregate Metrics

For Manufacturer Participants, access to USCTP digital brochures and artwork, U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® producer videos, quarterly webex and aggregate metrics on provided for additional fees.  Prices to be determined upon request and time required to deliver on request. 

LCA Participation and/or Access

Member Company can request customized extract from industry data for use in their own LCA initiatives. Support can also be provided from technologists on interpretation and claims made in result to anticipated benefits of specific farming practices, innovations and/or technology adoptions. Prices to be determined upon request and time required to deliver on request.

Piloting Collaboration

Early participating Member Companies will be invited to participate in Pilot trials of optional deliverables from within the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol®. Possible initiatives include development of supply chain traceability technologies and methodologies, full value chain LCA work, comparative studies and other initiatives. U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® will undertake every effort for these collaborations to be inclusive of members willing to take part where possible, but reserves the exclusive right to selection determined by assessment of materiality of specific subject and Member Company’s scope and supply chain relevance.

Cost structure

*Fees waived until July 2021

Volume-based option for claiming Trust Protocol credits

Less than
$1 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 3,000 Annually
  •  

$1 to
< $10 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 5,000 Annually
  •  

$10 to
< $50 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 10,000 Annually
  •  

$50 to
< $100 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 15,000 Annually
  •  

$100 Million
& Greater

Company Annual Revenues
$ 20,000 Annually
  •  

Trust Protocol Credit Consumption for Brands/Retailers ($/MT)

Testimonials

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How does the Trust Protocol support you?

The Trust Protocol is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as the G7 Fashion Pact, the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter, the Sustainable Cotton Challenge and the Forum for the Future: Cotton 2040 goals.