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Walmart becomes part of Cotton Leads programme

Bangla Apparel Desk

December 06, 2017

Walmart has become part of the Cotton Leads programme, supporting responsible production practices by cotton growers. Walmart joins more than 480 companies worldwide which recognise the environmental gains cotton growers in Australia and the US are achieving and their commitment to meet the challenge of growing cotton through sustainable practices.

“Cotton is a major ingredient in many of our apparel and home textile products,” explains Ken Lanshe, Walmart’s vice president, General Merchandise, Technical, Quality and Sustainability. “Through the Cotton Leads programme, Walmart hopes to learn from and collaborate on efforts that US cotton farmers are taking to be responsible and sustainable producers. Our support for the Cotton Leads programme aligns with Walmart’s goal to sell products that sustain the environment.”

Walmart joins more than 480 companies worldwide which recognise both the environmental gains cotton growers in Australia and the United States continue to achieve and their commitment to meeting the challenge of growing sustainable cotton.

“The Cotton Leads programme is at the forefront of the world’s efforts for sustainably-sourced cotton,” says Mark Messura, senior vice president Global Supply Chain Marketing at Cotton Incorporated, a founding member organisation of the Cotton Leads programme. “Joining with Walmart in the Cotton Leads programme brings the scale and commitment of an industry leader together with the leaders in cotton sustainability and responsibly-sourced cotton.”

Dr. Jesse Daystar, chief sustainability officer at Cotton Incorporated, notes, “Our leading efforts in the US and Australia are rooted in science, measurement and best practices. Companies that join the Cotton Leads programme are aligning themselves with an objective and valid approach to the sustainability challenge.”

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay states, “Whether it’s greenhouse gas emissions or soil health, cotton farmers are always looking to implement best practices and technologies so that we can continue to be careful stewards of the natural resources.”

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