21st January, 2019

Kenya Cotton Project Recognised in SDGs Report

A Kenya Cotton Farmer inspecting the yield:
Participants in the Kwale Cotton Project:
The UN Sustainable Development Goals:

The Cotton On Group (the Group) is proud to have been included as a case study for best practice in the Sedex Sustainable Development Goals Report for our Kenya Cotton project.

 

A not-for-profit established with a goal to help companies simplify the business of responsible trade, Sedex operates the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains. It’s more than 50,000 member businesses represent over 150 countries.

 

The Group joined Sedex in January 2018, taking a further step toward our goal of achieving transparency across the entire supply chain. The partnership enables us to access and share responsible sourcing information with other retailers across four key areas of Labour Rights, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics.

 

In a bid to further empower its members to engage in responsible business practices Sedex recently released its first Sustainable Development Goals Report.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 goals set by the United Nations in 2015 to guide business and government actions toward a peaceful, prosperous future for people and the planet.

 

Addressing vital social and environmental issues including inequality, poverty, climate change and responsible consumption, each goal encompasses a number of targets for businesses to work toward.

 

The Sedex SDG Report breaks down each of the 17 goal into digestible parts, identifies potential business challenges and suggests practical, achievable actions for businesses to take relative to their operations and area of focus. Responsible Sourcing Product Executive at Sedex, Elloise Neale said

It enables a business to see where they already are in the process and then look inwards and take ownership of developing actions towards the SDGs.

 

The report then details tangible examples for each SDG of best practice initiatives currently being implemented by businesses around the world.

 

The Group is thrilled that our Kenya Cotton project has been recognised as a case study in relation to SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

 

Kenya Cotton was established Kwale County, Kenya, in partnership with Business for Development, Base Titanium and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with an aim to improve the livelihoods of the Kwale community by increasing agricultural productivity in the region.

 

To date more than 2,500 farmers have been trained in sustainable cotton farming practices and assisted in establishing their farms. This has generated employment opportunities where none previously existed, giving farmers the economic means to send their children to school, access clean water and buy a house.

 

You can learn more about the Kwale Cotton project here, and access the Sedex SDGs Report here.

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