Global trading companies want more transparency in their value chains and are themselves assuming greater responsibility in this regard. Cotton made in Africa developed the SCOT tracking system to meet these needs. In this interview, Gerlind Bäz, a project manager for supply chain management at CmiA, explains how it works and who can use it.
Ms Bäz, what exactly is SCOT?
Throughout its history, CmiA has developed various systems to ensure a degree of transparency and data security. With most clients working under the Mass Balance system (MB), it was not always easy for us to provide a reasonable degree of transparency as well. As the years went by, retailers increasingly began letting us know that they wanted to use sustainable cotton. We developed SCOT to be able to meet their needs without abandoning the Mass Balance system.
What kind of information does SCOT track?
All partners in the textile chain are integrated into the system, which is based on CmiA ordering data and purchase orders provided to SCOT by our licensing partners, i.e. the trading companies. Building on these orders, all producers of products, fabric, or yarn record their sales and purchases in the system. Cotton quantities are recorded at each production stage, making it possible to calculate the exact amount of cotton used to fulfil each individual order.