Organic cotton cultivation project in Uganda ©COTONEA
In the current Material Change Index company ranking by Textile Exchange, Cotonea once again achieved first place among German textile brands. The top position of the Swabian manufacturer of one hundred percent organic cotton textiles applies to organic and fairly produced cotton and is measured by the production volume.
Once again, Cotonea takes first place among German textile brands in the global sustainability ranking Material Change Index (MCI) in the categories of organically and fairly produced cotton. The MCI is determined annually by the industry initiative Textile Exchange. In an international comparison of companies that meet both criteria, Cotonea ranks third, as in previous years.
The MCI focuses primarily on the areas of strategy and materials, where the traditional Swabian company receives the highest possible rating. In addition, there are plus points in the area of the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals). In its overall assessment, the MCI ranks Cotonea as a "leader in driving change in the industry."
Cotonea managing director Roland Stelzer emphasizes this development: "Since 1995, we have been consistently committed to fair and ecologically exemplaric cotton. In doing so, we look at every detail, while at the same time keeping an eye on the big picture and constantly developing as a company. With this holistic approach, we not only create high-quality products, but also measurable add value for people and the environment."
As a value-based company, Cotonea relies exclusively on organic cotton as well as fair pay (Fair-for-Life certification). Since 2004, Cotonea has maintained contractual partnerships for the cultivation of organic cotton in Kyrgyzstan and since 2009 in Uganda. Both regions combine favourable climatic conditions with sufficient rainfall at the beginning of the growing season. Later, cotton is drought-resistant, undemanding and modest.
In its cooperation with partners, Cotonea attaches particular importance to transparency. Therefore, the company documents all steps from cultivation and production to finishing and manufacture of the cotton and discloses the most important information in a product passport. This approach provides security for all parties involved, also against the background of the new Supply Chain Due Diligence Act.
The globally active non-profit organization Textile Exchange updates its Material Change Index annually on the basis of voluntary information from well-known brands.