Planet People Paddock


PLANET. PEOPLE. PADDOCK. is the Australian cotton industry’s sustainability framework that sets a pathway and future direction for the industry's investments and action.

The framework is focused at farm-level and will be delivered through existing industry structures and programs.

The PLANET. PEOPLE. PADDOCK. Sustainability Framework aims to:

  • Set ambitious industry-wide Australian cotton sustainability targets for eight priority sustainability topics including water, climate change and biodiversity
  • Coordinate existing work and new investments to achieve these targets
  • Engage effectively with stakeholders on action and progress
  • Provide a united vision for further possible change.

Our priority sustainability topics are:


Continuous increase in the efficiency of water used for cotton irrigation, with sustainable river and ground water system limits. For more information on our target and how we plan to get there, please click here.

Greenhouse gases

Contribute to the Paris Agreement's aim of a climate neutral world. To find out more about the industry's plan to reduce greenhouse gases, please click here.


Native vegetation management in the cotton landscape in linewith regional priorities. To find out more about native vegetation in the cotton industry, please click here.


Pesticide use supports optimal crop production while having no negative impac on human and environmental health. To find how we plan to reduce pesticide use, please click here.

Soil health

Sustained cotton productivity growth by improving soil health. To find out more, please click here.


Injury-free cotton farms, skills for innovative and modern agriculture, and a diverse workforce that is treated ethically. To find out more, please click here.

This framework will help achieve the Australian cotton industry’s vision of being a global leader in sustainable cotton production.

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Cotton Australia has formed a number of authentic partnerships with retailers, brands, manufacturers and supply chain partners who share the industry's values. If your organisation believes in reducing environmental footprint, the fair and safe treatment of workers, quality product and supply chain traceability - then we may be in business.

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