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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol – Trust in a Smarter Cotton Future

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol’s vision is to set a new standard in sustainable cotton production where full transparency is a reality and continuous improvement to improve our environmental footprint is the central goal.

Launched in 2020, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is built on a foundation of robust data capture, aggregation and reporting that drives continuous improvement across six key sustainability metrics – water use, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, soil conservation, soil carbon and land use – and is the world’s first sustainable cotton fiber program to offer article-level supply chain transparency.

These program elements make the Trust Protocol the first program to provide both access to full supply chain transparency and science-based field-level, verified data.


The program was created where the core values focus on U.S. cotton’s legacy of authenticity, innovation and excellence, environmental stewardship, caring of people, and personal and corporate integrity, as well as a Theory of Change that is grounded in science-based measurement and feedback.

  • Quantifiable, verifiable goals and measurement in key sustainability metrics for brands and retailers
  • Article-level supply chain transparency for all members
  • Continuous improvement is central to U.S. cotton production

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