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WWF, PAN UK and Solidaridad have released the Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017 which assesses the performance of 75 of the largest cotton-using companies across the globe. 

The ranking shows that leading international retailers C&A, H&M, M&S and Tchibo GmbH have joined IKEA as ‘frontrunners’, but overall, big brand progress on cotton sustainability is insufficient.

Used in hundreds of everyday items, cotton is a vital cash crop for around 100 million households in 80 countries but conventional production is characterised by environmental, social and economic challenges such as excessive water and pesticide use, child labour and farmer debt.

PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF are calling on all companies using large volumes of cotton to set time-bound targets to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2020, progressively increase the volumes of more sustainable cotton used in their products, and publicly report on progress to stakeholders.

Read the full report - Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017.