Sustainable Cotton Update
In 2019, we reported that 89% of our cotton was sustainably sourced from the U.S. In 2020, we redefined our scope to include U.S. cotton used by our Moroccan facility. Through this recalculation, we are now sourcing 94% sustainable cotton from the U.S.
We are also members of Cotton LEADS, which promotes and measures efforts to address environmental impacts of sustainable cotton production, including water use, soil health, biodiversity, pest management and energy consumption. We began talks with COTTON USA in 2020, a non-profit organization that works to support the traceability and sustainability of U.S. cotton, and became members in early 2021.
For the remaining 6% of our cotton that is sourced outside of the U.S., we plan to source sustainable cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The BCI is a nonprofit, multi-stakeholder governance group that promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices across 21 countries. We conducted our due diligence on BCI in 2020, and we will complete our membership process in 2021.
As members of BCI and COTTON USA, we will work with all suppliers to ensure that the cotton in our finished products meets standards set forth by those organizations. This alliance underscores our commitment to consistently deliver quality, essential goods now and for the future.
Director of Corporate Communications