Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The Cotton Tool does not aim to suggest best practice in any way but instead presents available scientific evidence as a means of engaging in conversations. The evidence and scientific articles are summarised within the individual chapters that are available for download.

The University shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damage, costs, expenses or other claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with use of this tool. Click here to see which parties were involved in the larger project underpinning this tool.

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The Cotton Tool: what are your pickings?

The tool will help businesses determine the types of interventions that they should be discussing with their supply chains to secure the natural capital needed for a sustainable supply of cotton.

The cotton industry has a large dependency and impact on water, soil and biodiversity. Many practices in cotton production are depleting these vital resources. Business needs an evidence base to ensure they are incentivising the best practices.

What will the tool do?

Interventions are undertaken for a variety of reasons, but rarely because of natural capital.

In some cases it is assumed that interventions have positive impacts on soil, water and biodiversity but often evidence is lacking that proves their effectiveness for natural capital.

You can explore which interventions may be appropriate for your business by selecting drivers such as farm size, conditions and system.

The strength of evidence will be highlighted so you can see how effective an intervention is for soil, water or biodiversity.