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Cotton On Sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, we’ve got big goals, and we believe in them.

Operating with integrity and ‘doing the right thing’ has been embedded in how we do business since day one. It remains at the core of our operations today. As a global retailer, we know our responsibility goes far beyond just selling clothes. We’re determined to use our business to have a positive impact on people, communities and the planet.

About Cotton On

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Cotton On Sustainability Actions



The environments in which our products are made and the materials used to make them are incredibly important to us. We have a responsibility to our customers, our people, our suppliers and our business partners globally to provide transparency across our operations and assurances on the way we conduct business, as we genuinely believe it is the right thing to do. Before partnering with a supplier, we ensure they understand how to adhere to our 14 Rules to Trade and why the rules are important to ensure an ethical and sustainable business. This code of conduct covers important issues such as working conditions, the prohibition of child labour, bribery and corruption, and the environment. Each year, the Cotton On Group conducts hundreds of audits to ensure the 14 Rules to Trade are upheld.



We aim to provide our customers with the products they want at the right price, while ensuring these products are designed in line with the cultural values and legal requirements of the countries in which we operate. We have a large team of talented designers across our brands, who deliver fun, fashionable products independently created for our customers. We educate our people and suppliers on the importance of ensuring compliance and have clearly defined processes in place to adhere to the individual requirements set out by each region. As we grow, we continually evaluate our approach to ensure we meet all ethical product requirements legally, safely and responsibly.



Our commitment to the environment is always front of mind and we are constantly on the hunt for ways we can reduce our footprint. Our Ethical Sourcing Program includes various initiatives that are geared towards preserving water, reducing waste and conserving energy, all while ensuring we have a positive social and economic impact on communities around the world.

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Cotton On Sustainability Commitments


Cotton Sourcing

As a business, we’ve set ourselves a goal to have 100 per cent sustainable cotton through our supply chain by 2021 and we’re on track to achieve this goal through our partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative and through our own unique sustainable cotton growing program in Kenya.

Cotton On Partnerships

Memberships & Accreditations

Cotton On Sustainability News

Cotton On Body launch activewear made from recycled coffee grind

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Group recognised with delivering 2019 Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year

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Group graded by Australia’s Baptist World Aid in 2019 Ethical Fashion Report

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