For giving brands and retailers a better choice of more sustainable options in cotton sourcing, the ITC Standards Map, as one of the world's largest database for sustainability standards, provides users access to comprehensive, verified and transparent information on over 300 standards for environmental protection, worker and labor rights, economic development, quality, and food safety, as well as business ethics. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, Memphis, TN/USA, has been recognized and published in the standard mapping process by the International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva/Switzerland.
To be included in the Standards Map, an organization must address at least one pillar of sustainable development (economics, environment, social), and/or focus on ethics or quality management. As part of its core program, the Trust Protocol is focused on continuous improvement of six key sustainability metrics including land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.
»During a time of increased supply chain scrutiny, brands and retailers face challenges in keeping track of sustainability initiatives and meeting requirements. If organizations such as the Trust Protocol voluntarily submit their sustainability metrics for verification and mapping in our Standards Map database, companies can make better-informed decisions about certification and involvement in sustainable production of their raw materials.«