Transparency Through the Supply Chain

Unlike other solutions available to the textile and apparel industry today, assurance has been built into the design where the PCMS offers two levels of verifications for every transaction captured in the system. The first verification occurs within the blockchain-enabled inventory ledger system that ensures that production volumes shipped never exceed the volume of available raw materials in any individual company’s system account. The second verification occurs on the commercial invoices and shipping documents that each supplier must upload in support of shipments recorded in the system.

Measurable, verified data: The Trust Protocol is primarily a science-based cotton sustainability program that captures farm-level environmental data in six key sustainability metrics – land use, soil carbon, water management, soil conservation, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The program-level data is shared with brand and retailer members.

It all starts with minting Protocol Consumption Units: U.S. Cotton is grown and harvested on participating Trust Protocol growers’ farms. As this fiber is ginned, we capture each bale’s unique PBI and gin weight and verify it against a USDA master list for authenticity and non-duplication. Once verified, a digital token, called one Protocol Consumption Unit (PCCU) is minted  for each kilogram of Protocol Cotton fiber. 

The Protocol Consumption Management Solution (PCMS)

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Deepika Mishra

Sustainability Consultant

Deepika Mishra is a passionate, innovative, enthusiastic scientist with demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate worldwide in the development of novel life sciences technologies and techniques to enhance sustainable agriculture to have a true impact that addresses challenges of climate change. She works as a sustainability consultant for the National Cotton Council and Cotton Council International.