Cotton Supply Solutions
Our sustainable cotton business connects raw cotton suppliers, traders and end users around the globe through integrated sourcing, logistics, sales and distribution activities. Leveraging Targray Group’s supply chain capabilities and international footprint, our cotton traders are able to create differentiated value for customers. We operate in markets around the world, with a large origination and destination network backed by an experienced team of supply chain specialists.
Our work in the international cotton sector allows us to address global challenges surrounding sustainable supply chains and agriculture practices while also creating opportunities for profitable, responsible growth in developing countries.
What We Do
Our cotton sourcing team works directly with producers, farmers and wholesale cotton suppliers in markets throughout West Africa, South America, India and Australia.
Our ocean freight transportation and warehousing expertise enables us to create efficient trading scenarios for cotton suppliers & buyers in several markets.
Sustainable cotton is grown in a way that can maintain levels of production with minimal environmental impact, can support viable producer livelihoods and communities, and can do so in the face of long-term ecological constraints and socioeconomic pressures. We are committed to helping address these issues through our participation in the activities of associations like the International Cotton Association and Cotton made in Africa.
Sourcing cotton produced according to a sustainable standard or certification is a good first step companies can take improve the sustainability of the cotton they procure. While each sustainable cotton standard is different, sourcing cotton from one or more sustainable standard can have significant environmental, social and economic benefits.
The Impact of Using Sustainable Cotton
- Fewer hazardous chemicals on farms; Safer handling and more efficient use where chemicals are still used.
- Less water used for cotton crop irrigation, which benefits other users of local water sources and natural habitats in water-stressed regions.
- Reducing the poverty rate among cotton farmers and workers in developing countries through higher yields.
- Improvements to soil health
- Reduction in the amount of water used
- Reduction in the use of chemical fertilizers
- Reduction in the use of pesticides
- Greater biodiversity at the site of production
Social and Economic Benefits
- Promotes a livable wage for farmers, workers and communities where cotton is grown
- Helps independent farmers become more profitable
- Increases consumer trust and confidence in cotton products
Solutions for International Cotton Traders
Targray connects producers and consumers of cotton in markets around the globe, and is a major buyer of wholesale cotton produced in Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and India. Our experienced team of cotton suppliers & traders works with partners in these countries to help increase their competitiveness in domestic and international markets.
Our commitment to responsible and sustainable supply chains is reflected in all of our cotton sourcing, trading, logistics, sales and distribution activities. Our in-house expertise in global logistics helps us ensure that the products we provide maintain their exceptional quality throughout the product journey.
Cotton Industry Associations
International Cotton Association (ICA)
The majority of the world’s cotton is traded internationally under ICA bylaws and rules. The ICA now has more than 550 members and its membership spans all corners of the globe and represents all sectors of the cotton supply chain.
Association Française Cotonnière (AFCOT)
The Association Française Cotonnière (AFCOT) is one of the largest cotton association in the world. It brings together domestic and international members, representing all the professional categories intervening directly or indirectly in the cotton sector: traders, producers, controllers, but also insurance companies, banks.
American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA)
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is the association behind one of the world’s leading standards for sustainably produced cotton. Its goal is to help people help themselves, via trade rather than donations, in order to improve the living and working conditions of smallholder farmers in Africa and to protect our environment.