Responsible cotton sourcing

Waitrose recognises that the production of cotton based products has significant economic, environmental and social impacts. Our cotton sourcing policy details the role we have to play in supporting responsible farming practices in the production of cotton.

Waitrose is committed to using cotton that has been produced responsibly and encourages the use of recycled and reclaimed cotton where possible.

It is our aim that by December 2020 all cotton used in our own label Clothing and Home ranges will be sourced responsibly deploying schemes such as the Better Cotton Initiative, Cotton Made in Africa and Fairtrade certified.

Responsible cotton production means the management of cotton farms in a way that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, and regeneration capacity.

Waitrose joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in 2014 to be part of a collective movement to promote better cotton farming practices and be able to access the market for more sustainable cotton.

For further information on BCI refer to


Waitrose are committed to improving cotton farming practices globally with BCI and are leading by example to
ensure the responsible production of cotton.

This is the start of a phased approach to introduce responsibly sourced cotton across all our product ranges
that contain cotton.

Waitrose policy does not permit the use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan.