Mills and Manufacturers
Mills and manufacturers who join the Trust Protocol are provided a host of benefits, with the biggest being they can be identified as part of a fully transparent supply chain and selected by brands and retailers as they look to source U.S. Cotton.
Since the Trust Protocol’s launch, the program has welcomed more than 1,200 mill and manufacturer members from 30 countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the United States. The program also added 40 global brands and retailers including J.Crew, Madewell, Levi Strauss & Co. and, Gap Inc. as well as global apparel manufacturer Gildan.
Membership benefits in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol for mills and manufacturers include:
- Opportunity to be identified as part of a fully transparent supply chain and be selected by brands as they look to source U.S. Cotton
- Ability to use the Trust Protocol logo and materials to communicate about sustainability goals
- Recognition on the Trust Protocol website
- Access to a specialized package of technical support free of charge for members who license U.S. cotton and participate in the Trust Protocol
Frontier Yarns, Inc. has a commitment to sustainability throughout all facets of our manufacturing operations. This includes zero waste practices, efficient energy usage and acquiring raw materials, such as U.S. cotton, in order to supply sustainable and recycled products to our customers.
The Trust Protocol’s emphasis on measurement and independent verification can provide the confidence and trust that more responsibly grown cotton is being used, producing product consumers can believe in. Frontier Yarns, Inc. is excited to be part of the Trust Protocol.
As brands and retailers respond to customer demand for sustainability, mills are now joining the conversation. Membership in the program enables us to show we are an approved supply chain partner for brands and retailers who are sourcing more sustainably grown cotton.
Vice President of Operations
Gildan/Frontier Yarns Inc.
Cost Structure for Supply Chain Participants
The annual Trust Protocol mill membership fee is $500 which permits the registration of a corporate headquarter and one additional manufacturing subsidiary. Additional subsidiaries where U.S. cotton will be processed can be registered for a fee per subsidiary as follows;
- for 2nd to the 10th subsidiary $100 per subsidiary up to a maximum of $500 total additional fees
- for anything beyond the 10th subsidiary an additional fee of $500 per subsidiary will be incurred
“The reason we joined the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol was to show as U.S. cotton producers, we’re growing a good quality product, using the best quality practices available today.”