The inaugural Board of Directors and Advisors have been named for the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (Trust Protocol), a new standard developed to help the U.S. cotton production sector further reduce its footprint by enabling producers to assess their performance against specific sustainability goals. Through robust data inputs, the Trust Protocol will add confidence throughout the supply chain – positioning U.S. cotton as the responsible choice for mills and retailers.
Directors representing the raw cotton industry include:
- Producers – Matt Coley (Georgia); Ted Schneider (Louisiana); Shawn Holladay (Texas); and Aaron Barcellos (California);
- Ginner – David Blakemore (Missouri);
- Marketing Cooperative – Hank Reichle (Mississippi);
- Merchant – Steve Dyer (Tennessee);
- Cottonseed – Fred Serven (Tennessee);
- Manufacturer – Jim Martin (North Carolina);
- Brands/Retailers are Liza Schillo, Levi Strauss & Co., and Joe Little, Tesco;
- Suzy Friedman, Environmental Defense Fund; Melissa Ho, the World Wildlife Fund; Marty Matlock, the University of Arkansas; and Garry Bell, formerly with Gildan.
Trust Protocol advisors include: Jesse Daystar, Cotton Incorporated; Andy Jordan, Jordan Consulting; Marc Lewkowitz, Supima; Mark Pryor, The Seam; and Mike Quinn, Frontier Spinning Mills.
For more information, visit: http://www.cotton.org/news/releases/2019/trusbd.cfm