Cotton LEADS Principles

Cotton LEADS™ is a program committed to responsibly-produced cotton.  Built upon core principles that are consistent with sustainability, the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain, the Cotton LEADS™ program offers cotton users the confidence and knowledge that their raw material is responsibly produced and identified.


to the social, environmental, economic and regulatory factors required to produce world-class cotton.


that sustainable and responsible cotton production requires continual improvement, investment, research and sharing of best practices information among growers and industry.


that leading change in responsible and sustainable cotton practices will have the most positive impact when implemented in collaboration among farm, regional, national and international programs.


in the benefit of working cooperatively with similar programs that seek to advance responsible and sustainable cotton production in an effort to keep global cotton competitive in world fiber markets.


in cotton identification systems that ensure traceability from farm to manufacturer.