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Cotton Council International Pushes ‘Supply Chain Transparency’ as Latest SAC Member

The Cotton Council International (CCI) has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement suite of tools, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.

With its membership in the SAC, CCI joins more than 250 global brands, retailers and manufacturers collectively committed to improving supply chains in the apparel, footwear and textile industries.

“We are pleased to be joining the SAC, confident that together we can scale positive impact on product sustainability over time,” Steph Thiers-Ratcliffe, CCI director of European Brands and Retailers, said. “With shared ambition in providing robust environmental data to the sector, we will collaborate to enable greater supply chain transparency and informed decision making.”

CCI is a non-profit trade association that promotes U.S. cotton fiber and manufactured cotton products around the world with its Cotton USA brand. CCI’s mission is to make U.S. cotton the preferred fiber for mills and manufacturers, brands, retailers and consumers that in turn delivers profitability across the U.S. cotton industry and drives export growth of fiber, yarn and other cotton products.

In its relationship with the SAC, CCI will contribute data and resources to support the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance and improves supply chain transparency and decision-making for greater efficiency and sustainable impact. The Higg Index is an indicator-based suite of tools that enables suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes based on environmental performance, social labor practices and product design choices.

“We welcome the addition of CCI to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and look forward to its participation in this industrywide effort in sustainability,” SAC executive director Amina Razvi said. “Having CCI as part of the coalition widens the scope of our impact within the industry and accelerates the change we’re making toward responsible industry actions.”