We are the founding members of two Clusters funded by the South African Department of Trade and Industry: the Sustainable Cotton Cluster and a Regional Footwear and Leather Cluster.
Sustainable Cotton Cluster We are founding members of the Sustainable Cotton Cluster together with farmers, spinners, ginners and other key cotton value chain organisations. Through this partnership, the Cluster aims to develop a competitive and sustainable local cotton value chain by encouraging growth in cotton production while reducing the environmental footprint. From sowing and growing to gathering and harvesting, the cotton will journey through a flourishing supply chain from the farm to the store.
Local to a Tee We recently committed to sourcing 994 tons of locally grown cotton that was transformed into five million garments. As a result, the South African cotton producers increased cotton production by 68% in one year, which in turn created approximately 947 new jobs and training for over 100 people.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) The Sustainable Cotton Cluster is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative. From 2016, all cotton grown in South Africa will be aligned to the BCI standards to ensure that cotton workers are treated fairly and environmental best practice is applied by reducing the negative impact of fertilisers and pesticides, and caring for water, soil health and natural habitats.
Growing forward, together In the next three years, we aim to increase small scale cotton farm production, train 2600 people and create over 7200 jobs as well as 600 small, medium and micro enterprises representing the value chain. We'd like to see local cotton production increase by 446% by 2016.