Mills and Manufacturers

In a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency and assurance, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® sets a new standard for more sustainably grown, premium cotton and can provide transparency from farm to laydown.

Aligned with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Trust Protocol is a complement to existing sustainability programs. It is designed from the ground up to fit the diverse cotton growing landscape of the United States in an effort to drive industry-wide goals for continuous improvement.

The U.S. cotton industry continues to use and develop innovative technologies, adopt best management practices, and fund research projects that will help develop new farming practices globally. Trust Protocol members will be working with participating growers to help drive continuous improvement among six key elements of sustainability: land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency.

Trust Protocol metrics can be used for sustainability reporting, ESG audits and GRI standards reporting purposes among others. By way of example, Trust Protocol data could be used by a member to help document progress toward achieving certain science-based sustainability targets and/or in meeting the member’s commitments or contributions toward the U. N.’s Sustainability Development Goals.

As a participant in the Trust Protocol, mills and manufacturers can get the critical assurances they need to prove to their customers that the cotton fiber they source, and sell is more sustainably grown with lower environmental and social risk. Mills and manufacturers will gain access to U.S. cotton with sustainability credentials proven via Field to Market via the FieldPrint Measurement Analysis and verified by Control Union Certifications.

Mills and Manufacturers Proposition

In a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency and assurance, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® provides mills and manufacturers critical assurances they need to prove to their customers that they are an approved supply chain partner for brands and retailers who are sourcing more sustainably grown cotton.

The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to sustainable cotton production and drives continuous improvement in key sustainability metrics. A combination of a unique credit accounting system and the Permanent Bale Identification (PBI) system enables full transparency throughout the supply chain to finished product.

Choosing Trust Protocol cotton will allow mills and manufacturers to give brands the critical assurances they need to show that the cotton fiber element of their supply chain is more sustainably grown with lower environmental and social risk. Brands and retailers will gain access to U.S. cotton with sustainability credentials proven via Field to Market, measured via the Field Calculator and verified with Control Union Certifications.

Full traceability is our long term aspiration and the Trust Protocol credit system is being built with that goal. However right from the start we will provide greater transparency in the supply chain than ever before.

Aligned with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Trust Protocol is a complement to existing sustainability programs. It is designed from the ground up to fit the diverse cotton growing landscape of the United States in an effort to drive industry-wide goals for continuous improvement. 

The U.S. cotton industry continues to use and develop innovative technologies, adopt best management practices, and fund research projects that will help develop new farming practices globally. 

Trust Protocol members will be working with participating growers to help drive continuous improvement among six key elements of sustainability: land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. 

Mills and manufacturers will gain access to U.S. cotton with sustainability credentials proven via Field to Market via the FieldPrint Measurement Analysis and verified by Control Union Certifications.

 

Annual membership fee: $500
(Invoiced upon enrollment)

Membership of the Trust Protocol will provide mills and manufacturers with:

    • Regular email updates of U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® and related news
    • Company logo on the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® website with three-line blurb about the company; identified as a U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® Manufacturer Participant
    • Promotion of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® logo specifically identifying company as Manufacturer Participant on company website, company advertising and social media
    • Access to credit system to validate consumption of cotton and associated credit

At the Trust Protocol, our collective goal is to increase awareness of the fact that U.S. cotton producers are farming responsibly and harnessing the latest industry innovations to offer premium, highly sustainable cotton. The Trust Protocol growers are stewards of the land, committed to raising the bar for responsible farming methods and improving the environment for future generations.

The U.S. cotton industry continues to use and develop innovative technologies, adopt best land management practices, and fund research projects that will help develop new farming practices globally. Trust Protocol members will be working with participating growers to help drive continuous improvement among six key elements of sustainability while also helping to improve the reporting of those key elements on behalf of Trust Protocol and U.S. cotton.  

Trust Protocol metrics can be used for sustainability reporting, ESG audits and GRI standards reporting purposes among others. By way of example, Trust Protocol data could be used by a member to help document progress toward achieving certain science-based sustainability targets and/or in meeting the member’s commitments or contributions toward the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals.

Optional Deliverables

Access to Digital Resources and Aggregate Metrics

Access to U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® digital brochures and artwork; U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® producer videos; quarterly WebEx, articles or podcasts and aggregate metrics on provided for additional fees. Prices to be determined upon request and time required to fulfill 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

See below for volume-based options for claiming Trust Protocol credits. This is a work in progress, and we will have updates by August 15.

Less than
$1 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 3,000 Annually
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$1 to
< $10 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 5,000 Annually
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$10 to
< $50 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 10,000 Annually
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$50 to
< $100 Million

Company Annual Revenues
$ 15,000 Annually
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$100 Million
& Greater

Company Annual Revenues
$ 20,000 Annually
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Trust Protocol Credit Consumption for Brands/Retailers ($/MT)

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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.