What we do
Step 5 - Develop community investment programmes
Create and implement community
We create and implement community investment programmes together with brands and retailers. Community investment programmes can increase retailers and brands' engagement along the cotton supply chain and can also increase security of cotton supply.
These programmes aim to generate employment opportunities, improve quality of life and enhance the environment by for example reducing water usage.
Contamination kits for organic farmers
Manufacturing and distributing contamination kits to organic farm groups. By using contamination kits, contamination at gin level is reduced, quality of fibre is increased and there are economic and social benefits to farmers due to less wastage.
Building capacity with ginner/ spinner on integrity
Organic integrity is essential to the success and growth of organic cotton. CottonConnect has been actively involved with other leading organisations, such as Helvetas and Textile Exchange, in a guidance document on co-existence between organic and GMO cotton in India. We have developed tools for farmers and ginners, which along with farmer training that CottonConnect provides and monitors, aims at building capacity and ensuring that organic guidelines are being followed.
Benefits of step 5
- Increased engagement along the cotton supply chain
- Positive contribution towards improving the livelihoods of many small holder farmers
- Increased security of cotton supply
- Positive stories through photos, videos and testimonials
By 2015 we aim to increase the land under more sustainable cotton cultivation practices by:
By 2015 we aim to aid the supply chain in the production of more sustainable fibre for: