With 13 points out of 100, Inditex is starting the journey to more sustainable cotton sourcing. The company is part of several collaborative initiatives to address issues in cotton cultivation, such as the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA), the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), and Textile Exchange.
Inditex Group policies address the issues in cotton cultivation concerning HPPs, biodiversity, cotton recycling and labour rights violations. The company does not specifically address reduction of water use in cotton cultivation. Inditex received points for listing restricted pesticides and supporting training of suppliers in best practices, including efficient agricultural methods. A biodiversity strategy was implemented including actions to reduce impact. The company promotes the reuse and recycling of garments. For 2017, the company set a target that 10% of all products on sale should be from organic or recycled fabrics.
The company does not specify what percentage of the cotton used in its products is more sustainable. It does report the total number of garments containing organic cotton, which represents in total 5,000 MT of organic cotton.
The company publishes no information on the volume and origin of the cotton used in its products. The company shares information on its finished products manufacturers (tier-1) but it is not clear what percentage of the manufacturers is published. Information further up the supply chain listing fabric manufacturers or yarn spinners is not provided by Inditex.