This policy applies to all Rapha cotton and cotton blend materials and trims, used in Rapha production. The policy covers the social, labour and environmental risks present in the cotton supply chain tiers 1 to 4 of the supply chain.
Cotton is the most widely used natural fibre in textiles accounting for more than one third of total fibres manufactured worldwide. Globally, cotton is grown in 80 countries on 33 million
hectares (around 2.5% of global arable land) and the majority of it is grown with the use of
pesticides and fertilisers. Cotton is the highest ranking globally-traded product at risk of
being produced using modern-slavery, therefore this policy details our stance on human
The typical cotton supply chain is complex, and often involves multiple facilities from farm to ginning, pressing, spinning, weaving or knitting and dyeing. Cotton is often traded multiple times and agents may be used at each stage. This can make tracing cotton from finished garment back to its original source, and therefore the enforcement of environmental and social and labour standards at each stage, challenging. To counter this, there are multiple traceability models available to solve this problem, with varying levels of attached complexity and cost.