The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol (“Trust Protocol”) is pleased to announce the membership of Macy’s, Inc. The company represents more than 700 store locations nationwide across three our iconic nameplates, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury.
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Trust Protocol membership will bolster Macy’s efforts in sourcing cotton sustainably, driving positive social and environmental change within the cotton industry and enhancing transparency throughout its supply chain.
Macy’s Commitment to Sustainability
Macy’s, Inc. has taken significant steps towards embedding sustainability into its business through its social purpose platform, Mission Every One, aimed at creating a more equitable and sustainable future for all. Notably, in 2022, Macy’s, Inc. released its private brand cotton policy, pledging to source 100% preferred materials in Macy’s private brands products managed by the Macy’s sourcing team by 2030. Additionally, this commitment now extends to sourcing cotton from Trust Protocol growers, who harvest and grow U.S. Cotton, subsequently recording it in the Protocol Consumption Management Solution. This solution effectively tracks cotton throughout the supply chain, ensuring transparency and accountability. Additionally, this system provides a clear understanding of the cotton’s journey.
Trust Protocol and Macy’s: Fostering Sustainable Cotton Sourcing
“Through our social purpose platform, Mission Every One,” stated Keelin Evans, VP Sustainability at Macy’s Inc., “we align our business with a framework that aims to create a more equitable and sustainable future for our people, communities, and planet.” This work has significantly fueled our commitments. Additionally, we are actively embedding sustainability across our global value chain, placing a strong focus on caring for people and effectively managing our environmental impact.
Moreover, in 2022, Macy’s Inc. released its private brand cotton policy, marking a significant step towards sustainability. Evans added, “We’re already making great progress. Our Macy’s sourcing team plans to sustainably source more than half of the cotton products within our private brand by the end of 2023.” Leveraging our Trust Protocol membership, we aim to support and accelerate these efforts, aligning with our 2030 ambitions by enhancing supply chain traceability and showcasing the progress we’re making toward achieving our environmental targets.
Sustainibility and The Trust Protocol Program
The Trust Protocol stands out as the only sustainable cotton program that combines quantifiable, verifiable goals and measurement, while driving continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics. These metrics encompass land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. Moreover, the Trust Protocol integrates these sustainability metrics from Field to Market’s Fieldprint® Platform, empowering enrolled growers to measure the environmental impacts of their operation and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
Dr. Gary Adams on Macy’s Sustainability Journey and Vision
“We’re pleased to be working with Macy’s, Inc. – an iconic American brand – to help them better understand the supply chain of their private brand products,” said Dr. Gary Adams, President of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. “Our blockchain-enabled value chain transparency will deliver Macy’s, Inc. the assurance it needs to evidence its responsible sourcing practices and demonstrate progress towards environmental targets.”
UN Sustainable Development Goals: Macy’s and Trust Protocol Alignment
The Trust Protocol is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, recognized by Textile Exchange and Forum for the Future, and part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Cotton 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge, Cotton 2040, and Cotton Up initiatives. It has also been recognized and published in the ITC Standards Map, recognized as a standard for sustainable cotton by the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, and confirmed as an ISEAL Community Member.
Source: The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol