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MEMPHIS – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has been accepted as an ISEAL Community Member following a rigorous approval process just eighteen months after the program’s launch. ISEAL is a global membership organisation that supports credited sustainability systems in their work. The organization focuses on a wide variety of global challenges such as the climate emergency, biodiversity crisis and human rights issues among others.

“I’m very happy to congratulate the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol on becoming an ISEAL Community Member,” said Karin Kreider, ISEAL’s executive director. “The Trust Protocol supports cotton producers to develop bespoke management plans aimed at improving their sustainability, and innovative us of data and metrics supports measurement of success over time. We are excited to have a fresh perspective in the ISEAL learning community, and to have another member working to improve sustainability outcomes in the cotton sector.” 

ISEAL Community Members must be committed to continually improving their systems through learning and innovation, with emphasis on the importance of collaboration. They also are required to be transparent about how their programme’s work and the how they measure impacts.  

The Trust Protocol provides quantifiable, verifiable goals and measurement and drives continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics – land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. It also is the world’s first sustainable cotton fibre to offer its members article-level supply chain transparency through the Protocol Consumption Management Solution.  

“We are proud that the Trust Protocol was accepted as an ISEAL Community Member understanding the rigorous process and governance ISEAL adheres to,” said Dr. Gary Adams, president of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. “ISEAL Community membership provides the Trust Protocol the continued opportunity to set a new standard in more sustainable cotton production where full transparency is a reality and continuous improvement to reduce our environmental footprint is the central goal.” 

To learn more about the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol visit TrustUSCotton.org

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