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ISCC

Objective

ISCC aims to promote the implementation of deforestation free, environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production, as well as the use of certified fiber, food, feed and biomaterials in global supply chains.

Overview

ISCC is applicable to all field crops, including cotton. ISCC ensures that crops are not produced on land with high biodiversity and high carbon stock, good agricultural practices are applied to protect soil, water, air, and that human, labour, land rights are respected. Supply chain traceability is ensured. There are specific approaches to help smallholders. Non-GMO certification and verification of GHG emissions are optionally available.

Manufacturing Process

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Manufacturing Location

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Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

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Growth in production (2015/16 - 2016/17)

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Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2016/17)

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Projected growth in production

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Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

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Rainfed/ Irrigated

Irrigation is allowed, but no data available.

Water Management

Best practices to maintain and improve water quality and quantity are applied: – Respect of existing water rights – Application of good agricultural practice to reduce water usage and to maintain and improve water quality – Water management plans for efficient water usage during irrigation, responsible use of organic fertilisers and agro-chemicals, waste discharge

Soil Fertility

Improvement of soil fertility is addressed through soil management plans, crop rotation, intercropping, plant spacing etc., avoidance of erosion and compaction through cultivation techniques. Certification add-on “Environmental Management and Biodiversity” available to further support farmers to conserve and improve soil fertility, water, and biodiversity.

Biodiversity

Land use change of land with high biodiversity or high carbon stock, is not allowed (cut-off date January 2008). Requirements to conserve natural resources and biodiversity on cultivation areas are applied. Certification add-on “Environmental Management and Biodiversity” available to further support farmers to conserve and improve soil fertility, water, and biodiversity.

GMOs Permitted?

Yes, but certification of non-GMO also possible. Non-GMO material must be kept segregated from GMO.

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

Safe usage and storage of plant protection products required.Requirements on restrictions on plant protection products available. Chemicals listed in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants shall not be applied. Chemicals listed in the WHO 1a and 1b and Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention shall be avoided. Certification add-on “Classified Chemicals” available to ban extremely hazardous chemicals and phase out moderately hazardous chemicals.

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

Permitted. However, fertilizer balance or soil organic matter balance and integrated pest management are required. Further requirements on sustainable handling and application of fertilizers (e.g. only on absorptive soils, weather conditions to be taken into account). Disadvantageous impacts of synthetic fertilizers (e.g. regarding GHG, energy consumptions) are specifically covered in add-ons “Greenhouse Gas Emissions” and “Consumables”.

LCA available?

No

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

Water management plan required minimizing negative impacts on water quality and quantity. Water consumption must be monitored according to water management plan.

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

Energy consumption must be monitored.

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

Covered by certification add-on “Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

Land use change of land with high biodiversity or high carbon stock, is not allowed (cut-off date January 2008). Requirements to conserve natural resources and biodiversity on cultivation areas are applied. Certification add-on “Environmental Management and Biodiversity” available to further support farmers to conserve and improve soil fertility, water, and biodiversity.

Social considerations / regulations

Yes, but certification of non-GMO also possible. Non-GMO material must be kept segregated from GMO.

Verification / Certification (farm level)

Safe usage and storage of plant protection products required.Requirements on restrictions on plant protection products available. Chemicals listed in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants shall not be applied. Chemicals listed in the WHO 1a and 1b and Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention shall be avoided. Certification add-on “Classified Chemicals” available to ban extremely hazardous chemicals and phase out moderately hazardous chemicals.

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

Permitted. However, fertilizer balance or soil organic matter balance and integrated pest management are required. Further requirements on sustainable handling and application of fertilizers (e.g. only on absorptive soils, weather conditions to be taken into account). Disadvantageous impacts of synthetic fertilizers (e.g. regarding GHG, energy consumptions) are specifically covered in add-ons “Greenhouse Gas Emissions” and “Consumables”.

Product marketing/labeling

On-product claims and ISCC logos use are encouraged for certified consumer goods available. B2B claims also possible.

Consumer recognition

Currently mainly B2B, but increasing application of on-product claims and logos for consumer goods, and B2C communication through website, etc.

Livelihoods

A living wage is to be paid which meets at least legal or industrial minimum standard, and that are sufficient to meet the basic needs of workers and provide some discretionary income.

Product marketing/labeling

Competitive fee structure for certification.

Quality perception/ implications

No known quality implications.
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