Cotton LEADS

Sustainability Resources

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    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2016


    Partners and founding organizations share how they are leading the way in responsible production and operations through the sharing of best practices.

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    Joint Response to the Australian Cotton Industry’s Third Environmental Assessment


    In 2012, the Third Environment Assessment was conducted to continue documenting performance and practice change, and to continue the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement. This statement is the industry’s official response to the Third Environmental Assessment, outlining the high level outcomes that have been delivered on behalf of the industry.

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    2015 Cotton Natural Resource Survey


    In order to better understand the challenges that U.S. cotton growers face and to develop technologies to address those challenges, the U.S. cotton industry conducted the Natural Resource Survey (NRS). U.S. cotton producers were surveyed to assess cotton’s impact on the environment, providing an effective means to understand farm inputs, production trends and grower concerns.

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    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2015


    Founding organizations complete the Natural Resource Survey and make significant improvements in water efficiency.

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    Australian Grown Cotton – Sustainability Report 2014


    The Australian cotton industry is committed to sustainability and continuous improvement. This is its first sustainability report prepared according to the principles and framework of the Global Reporting Initiative for Sustainability Reporting (G4 version). In preparing the report the industry has considered more than 100 sustainability indicators, reviewed the literature and international frameworks, and consulted stakeholders.

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    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2014


    The 2014 Cotton LEADS program Annual Report outlines the work of the program in its first year as well as future commitments to responsible cotton across cotton producing countries.

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    Australian Cotton Industry Third Environmental Assessment – Executive Summary


    This report presents the findings and recommendations of an assessment of the environmental management and performance of Australian cotton growing. The study period of the report is 2003-2012 as it appraises the cotton industry’s implementation of the recommendations of the Second Environmental Audit that reported in 2003 and the cotton industry’s progress since then.

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    Australian Cotton Industry Third Environmental Assessment – Full Report


    The Australian cotton industry has a 21 year history of independent environmental assessments, demonstrating its commitment to monitoring and improving the industry’s environmental performance. The initial assessment, conducted in 1991, saw the cotton industry become the first major agricultural industry undertake such a task, and in 2012, the Third Environment Assessment was conducted to continue documenting performance and practice change. The Australian Cotton Industry: Third Environmental Assessment made six recommendations for the industry to improve its environmental performance. These recommendations, and the key findings from the Assessment, are outlined in this Assessment Report.

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    The Australian Cotton Water Story – A Decade of Research and Development


    The Australian Cotton Water Story brings together research and development outcomes around water use in Australian cotton over the decade from 2002 to 2012. This publication brings together a snapshot of the breadth of cotton water related discipline research and development done on cotton plants, fields, farms, catchments and communities – with a focus on measuring the industry’s water use productivity and delivering outcomes of research to the end users, cotton growers, to put into practice.

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    The Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber and Fabric – 2012


    A cradle-to-grave examination of cotton’s environmental impacts directs our efforts and helps our partners better understand their environmental footprint.

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