We collaborate with like-minded organisations to improve our reach and impact. In some cases we have formalised our relationships and in others we work on joint initiatives as they arise; relying on our common purpose to naturally guide the work we do together.
Our partners include:
CottonConnect is a business with a social purpose: working with Retailers and Brands to make the world’s cotton supply chains more sustainable, bringing 'more sustainable cotton' to scale by addressing mainstream production. With the aim of reaching out to more than 100,000 farmers and a million acres of land for sustainable cotton farming practices over the next four years, CottonConnect is 'standard neutral' and is an implementation partner for BCI in India.
Since Textile Exchange focuses heavily on organic cotton, we work closely with CottonConnect to cover a broader cotton agenda.
CottonConnect’s activities include:
- Developing & Building Cotton Strategies, helping brands and retailers build sustainability into their supply chain and marketing strategies
- Mapping the cotton supply chain, total supply chain mapping and volume analysis from garment to farmer
- Training supply chain on sustainable practices, for example creating and implementing farmer training programmes across all standards
- Monitoring, evaluation and telling the story, monitoring and evaluating impacts and help brands and retailers in retail messaging and goal related messaging such as annual reports and company website information
- Developing and implementing Community Investment programmes
Visit: www.cottonconnect.org/ to find out more.
Fairtrade USA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Textile Exchange and Fairtrade USA work closely to raise awareness of the mutual benefits of 'fairtrade - organic'.
Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities.
Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople. Fair Trade USA is a member of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO).
Find out more: www.transfairusa.org/
Helvetas Helvetas and Textile Exchange are working in collaboration to develop concepts and tools to support organic and Fairtrade cotton producers. Together we bring the online Organic Cotton Platform to the cotton community. Visit www.organiccotton.org/.
Helvetas' activities include:
- Training materials, concepts and tools on organic and fair trade production and successful management of value chains with focus on internal control systems and business management tools.
- Support for the development of new organic and fairtrade projects and facilitating linkages between suitable partners along the value chain.
- Solutions for farming systems, business planning and organization of producers.
- Support for the development of service providers in the field of technical advice and business development services.
Find out more: www.helvetas.org/
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK Textile Exchange works with PAN UK primarily in the area of farming systems and promoting the advantages of crop diversification.
PAN’s activities include:
- publishing independent information on pesticide use and impacts for governments and decision makers, researchers, media, concerned citizens and other interested groups.
- research to promote better understanding of the cause and effects of pesticide problems.
- projects to demonstrate that growing food and textiles, and managing operations, is possible without the use of hazardous pesticides
- promoting effective and progressive policies to eliminate pesticide hazards, representing the concerns of users, consumers and exposed communities nationally and internationally.
- supporting projects with partners in developing countries to demonstrate the efficacy of organic and low input production as a means of providing farmers with economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound livelihoods.
For more on PAN visit: www.pan-uk.org/
A common thread binding our organization and those listed above is supporting more sustainable modes of producing cotton. Find out more about more sustainable agriculture in Future cotton