Global Best Practice

The Sustainable Cotton Cluster’s model has been influenced by many other examples of collective industry thinking. Have a look at what other similar organisations are doing internationally to preserve and protect the apparel and textile sector in their countries.

Cotton LEADS™

Cotton LEADS™ is a program that is committed to responsible cotton production and is founded on core principles that are consistent with sustainability, the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain. This joint program, initiated by Australia and the United States, offers manufacturers, brands and retailers a reliable cotton supply chain solution and confidence that their raw material is responsibly produced and identified. The Cotton LEADS™ program is driven by producers, scientists and professionals striving to make sure cotton is produced responsibly now and for years to come.

Global Organic Textile Standards

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading international textile processing standard for organic fibres. Incorporating ecological and social criteria, it is backed up by independent certification across the entire textile supply chain.

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Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a non-profit organisation stewarding the global standards for Better Cotton, and bringing together cotton’s complex supply chain, from farmers to retailers. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.

Cotton Made in Africa

Cotton Made in Africa is an initiative by the Aid by Trade Foundation. The African smallholder farmers who have joined this initiative are partners on an equal footing. Cotton Made in Africa works on the principles of a social business, operating according to sound business methods, except it does not aim to maximise profits for individuals. Rather, it aims to improve the living conditions of a large number of African cotton farmers.

Cotton Inc.

Cotton Inc., funded by U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, conducts worldwide research and promotion activities to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton.


Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. The international Fairtrade system – made up of Fairtrade International and its member organisations – represents the world's largest and most recognised fair trade system.

The Textile Exchange

Textile Exchange (formerly known as Organic Exchange) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation incorporated in 2002. It operates internationally and is committed to the responsible expansion of textile sustainability across the global textile value chain.