Cotton

We are a universal supplier of all cotton growths to the world’s textile markets.

We source cotton from the 4 major growing regions - Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia - backed by significant investments in gins and logistics infrastructure.  This gives us complete control over the raw cotton supply chain, enabling us to assure lint quality and responsive service.  

Using the latest technology, our world-class ginning systems help improve fibre quality, benefitting both grower and spinning mill. Through our standards, highly trained operators and stringent maintenance programmes, we have been able to enhance farmer and customer confidence to produce superior and consistent quality cotton safely. We are the largest private ginner in the world.

Our close relationships with suppliers provide first-hand information on emerging supply and demand dynamics for timely market intelligence. We offer affordable risk management solutions to all customers and suppliers, and can customise product offerings according to various pricing terms, currencies and tenors.

Our central marketing office in Singapore, has geographic proximity to the world’s major consuming markets. We also have marketing offices in the USA, China, India and Turkey, and cotton stocking points in China, Malaysia and Turkey to meet any just-in-time customer requirements.

We operate captive warehousing facilities in the USA, Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Tanzania, to offer our customers a variety of flexible shipping arrangements, up-to-date information and shipment tracking.

We are committed to the traceable and sustainable supply of cotton. We are a member of Cotton Made in Africa and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a progressive step to formalising a sustainable cotton supply to consumers. Through the BCI, we have helped both farmers and retailers verify their cotton to BCI standards, improving their marketability.

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Our Global Sourcing Footprint

Africa accounts for about 18% of world production. We run extensive ginning operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Chad, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. We have nurtured long-standing relationships as the preferred partner to various cotton marketing boards and ginners.

We believe Africa’s high agronomic potential for growth can be harnessed thorough deeper farmer engagement. Through our integrated ginning model in Côte d’Ivoire, Chad and Mozambique, and in close partnership with development agencies including IDH, USAID and BMF, we support farmers to improve crop yields and product quality, provide seeds, training services, access to agri-inputs and social investment which in turn improves livelihoods. Our SECO operations in Côte d’Ivoire provided much experience and learnings for the development of the Olam Livelihood Charter which is now in its 10th year. Today the OLC embraces over 58,500 cotton farmers (15% women) in Côte d’Ivoire and Mozambique. The details about the case study on SECO is provided in our 2017 Annual Report as well as Investor Insights section on our website.

Watch the video on the impact of Better Cotton adoption of cotton farmers in Mozambique.

We are the leading supplier of medium and extra-long staple cotton from Central Asia. We efficiently transport cotton from the region’s land-locked countries to major markets worldwide. In India, we have leveraged our long-term presence in other agricultural products to set up extensive infrastructure across the country’s major growing regions. With over a decade of supplying imported and domestic cotton, we are now a major participant in the regional trade flow and have a strong franchise with domestic spinning mills.

In the US, our business is diversified across the major growing regions of Texas, Memphis, Georgia, California and Arizona, with ginning and warehousing infrastructure in several locations. We are a leading supplier of all the US cotton varieties, have an exclusive marketing agreement with Liberty Agricultural Cooperative Association and participate in the regional and domestic trade flows between the US and Latin American markets.

In Brazil, we are a leading cotton exporter and have developed long-standing relationships with large number of growers, providing them with innovative financial and risk-management solutions. We have recently begun cotton farming operations in the Mato Grosso region.

Through our subsidiary Queensland Cotton, we have built strong relationships with growers in Australia for whom we provide marketing, ginning, classing, warehousing, logistics and seed marketing. We are recognised as an industry leader, a trusted supplier of premium quality cotton, and a preferred partner for many of the major textile mills worldwide.

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 “As a leading global cotton merchant, we are able to leverage our knowledge and expertise to assist farmers and ginners obtain a fair price for their cotton, as well as provide guidance on better crop management practices. This, in turn, provides us with a consistent supply of good quality cotton.”

Ashok Hegde
MD and CEO Cotton

Want to Know More

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Meet Amelia. She has a small cotton farm in Nampula, Northern Mozambique. By partnering with Olam she has received technical training, farm inputs and the guarantee that Olam will buy her crop. 

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