Merchants and Cooperatives

The U.S. cotton industry has traditionally led the world in innovation, quality and responsible stewardship, but there is little awareness for the work that has been done to produce more sustainably grown cotton. As the demand for more sustainably produced products increases, the U.S. cotton industry needs to be able to show past and future commitments to sustainability.
By becoming a participant in the Trust Protocol, you – merchants and cooperatives – will earn a competitive advantage to sell your cotton over others’.

As a fundamental contributor to the U.S. cotton industry, merchants and cooperatives play a critical role in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol’s success often acting as the vital link between the mills and manufacturers and the aggregators, gins and growers. You can:

  • Help enroll in the Trust Protocol
  • Assist Trust Protocol growers in completing the Fieldprint analysis
  • Support growers during the second and third party verification processes
  • Communicate the benefits and advantages of Protocol Cotton to mills and manufacturers

As a member of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, you will be an essential part of the Trust Protocol’s ability to show transparency throughout the supply chain and ultimately provide your end users the critical assurances they need to prove that the fiber they source and sell is more sustainable. By becoming a member, you are unlocking a powerful system that gives you an advantage to sell your cotton to mills and manufacturers and meet the needs of brands and retailers.

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Deepika Mishra

Sustainability Consultant

Deepika Mishra 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.