Cotton is the most widely produced natural fibre in the world. About half of all textiles are made of cotton.
Cotton production provides a livelihood for more than 250 million people. The majority of cotton farmers and people working in cotton production live in the developing countries. Cotton is farmed mostly on small farms with an area of less than 2 hectares, of which there are more than 100 million across the world.
Cotton production involves several risks related to environmental responsibility, social responsibility and economic responsibility. Cotton farming consumes a lot of water. If pesticides are used recklessly, they could harm the environment or endanger workers’ health. Human rights risks encountered in the production chain include the use of child labour and forced labour, overlong working hours, low pay and a lack of gender equality.
K Group aims to help its customers make sustainable choices. Our adoption of sustainable cotton will allow our customers to buy sustainable clothes and home textiles at K-stores.
Kesko is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) since March 2020. The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, the environment it grows in and the sector’s future. Kesko is committed to improving cotton farming practices globally with the Better Cotton Initiative.
The cotton policy was first published on 2 March 2020.