Cotton producers and industry organizations in Australia and the United States have, each in their own way, pioneered the investments, practices, and national infrastructures necessary to put cotton production practices on paths to continual improvement. By combining efforts in the Cotton LEADS™ program, the member countries can elevate the level of awareness of responsible cotton production efforts. Further, the Cotton LEADS™ member countries and their partners in the program can convene and catalyze dialogue and action steps to ensure that responsible production practices are broadly disseminated.
Yarn and apparel manufacturers that support responsible supply chains should support the Cotton LEADS™ program. These companies want reliable, responsible suppliers for their primary raw material—cotton—and they want to meet their downstream customers’ needs for confidence, accountability, transparency, and compliance. Additionally, yarn and apparel manufacturers work on very small margins and need options for responsible sourcing that do not add to their costs.