The intent of REEL COTTON Code of conduct is to provide a verifiable, private standard, based on the REEL COTTON SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES HAND BOOK Version 2009 with additions to cover the entire Environmental facet. It is intended that an organization shall comply with this Code of Conduct through an appropriate and effective management system which will results in reduced input cost, reduced use of chemicals, reduced use of fertilizer, reduced use of water, increased soil fertility and habit of tracking profitability of farming.
The scope of the REEL Cotton Code of Conduct Version 2.0 is based on the Sustainable Agricultural practices covering the entire Environmental facet with some additional social elements.
The scope of geography of the REEL COTTON Sourcing program currently covers the farms and processing of REEL Cotton producing countries including, India, China, Pakistan and Peru.
The REEL COTTON Code of Conduct is a private code of sustainable agricultural practices with a portion to cover traceability and decent working conditions and is internationally recognized as a model sustainability program code by the brands and retailers. RCI member companies and many other retailers and brands have adopted this REEL COTTON CoC and have committed to making sure their producers work towards full compliance over time. Brands / buyers commit to either implement it fully or incorporate it into their own company programs.
The REEL COTTON CoC is built around eight Principles.
- Integrated Management System;
- Plant and Field Management;
- Soil and Integrated Nutrient Management;
- Pest management;
- Water Management;
- Ecosystem protection;
- Waste Management;
- Institutional building