Adidas, IKEA and H&M take top list of Ranking 2020 for sustainable cotton

Adidas, IKEA and H&M take top list of Ranking 2020 for sustainable cotton

Adidas has taken the top slot in the Cotton Ranking 2020 published by three non-governmental organisations (NGOs—UK-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN), the Netherlands-based Solidaridad Network and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The brand now sources all its cotton from sustainable sources. IKEA ranks second, followed by the H&M Group in the third place. The ranking is based on research conducted and compiled by independent consultancy Aidenvironment.

The latest ranking reveals significant progress by big brands toward more sustainable cotton and the growing divide between companies that take their responsibilities seriously and the many laggard companies that do not, according to a press release from Solidaridad.

While 21 per cent of global cotton production is now more sustainable, only 5 percent of global production is actively bought as sustainable by retailers and brands. The rest has to be sold as conventional cotton because not enough of the big brands explicitly shop for more sustainable cotton.

The report also reveals that for the first time more than half of ranked companies now have commitments to use sustainable cotton, but the three NGOs express concern that overall companies are not achieving as much as they should.

Eleven big brands, including Nike, H&M and C&A Group, have committed to sourcing cent per cent of their cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of this year.

Source: Fibre2fashion