Women in Cotton

Women in cotton is a working group developed by the ICA to try and increase diversity amongst its members and within the industry as a whole.

What is the group’s mission?

To increase engagement and the impact of women within the industry by giving them a stronger voice, sharing and learning from each other’s experiences and helping networking amongst women in the global cotton community.

Our 2022 objectives include:

  • Increase the representatives of women on ICA committees to 50% by 2025, as well as women speakers in high profile Industry event.
  • Grow the Social Media community by 50% and Engage with the community at least twice a week.
  • Organize virtual events every 6 weeks with attendance of at least 50 people.
  • Create a Mentorship program.
  • Identify and Measure the incidence and progress of Women in the Industry

Women in Cotton Events

Women in Cotton offer a range of free online events (see beow). Sign up to our eNewsletter to be the first to know about upcoming sessions >

We have compiled a selection of useful resources from our previous Chats for Change and presentations at ICA Events which you may find useful. These can be accessed here >

How can you get involved?

Whether you are a man or a woman in the industry, you can:

  • Join our Women in Cotton LinkedIn group here >
  • Sign up to our eNewsletter to be the first to know about upcoming events here >
  • Join the Women in Cotton ‘Chat’ in the ICA app. To download the app, search ‘ICA LTD’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • You can also show your support by adding the Women in Cotton virtual ‘button’ to your email Signatures. If you are interested, simply email wic@ica-ltd.org and we will send you the imagery with a quick guide for installing.

Are you in a leadership position?

We ask you to take this pledge and become a ‘Cotton Champion for Change’:

I pledge daily to respect women & encourage them into positions of influence in my business, I commit to identifying opportunities for three women within my organisation to advance their career paths, to add to diversity & create positive change.

Five simple steps you can take to support women in cotton:

  1. Check & challenge your company’s current diversity policy
  2. Approach a colleague to encourage them to join the Women in Cotton LinkedIn group (request to join the group >)
  3. Talk to your male & female colleagues about the benefits of diversity
  4. Implement compensation equality
  5. Promote work/life balance & workplace flexibility

Share your support and stories of actions you have taken with the hashtags

#Change4cotton and #WomeninCotton

Key events for women in cotton

We’ve highlighted a few events in the calendar below where women in cotton will have some presence (e.g. presenting a session, hosting a network event alongside, etc.). If you would like to find out more, please contact us on the Women in Cotton LinkedIn group.