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Alison Ward

Alison Ward


Alison Ward has more than 30 years of international experience in sustainability and corporate affairs. Alison is the CEO of CottonConnect, where she leads a team of more than 140 employees, impacting the lives of more than 770,000 cotton farmers in India, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh. Under her leadership, the organization drives supply chain transparency connecting sustainable fibres from farm to store, focuses on the rights and skills of women in supply chains through pioneering gender programs, and continues to develop innovations at a farm level. She leads cotton strategies and programs for global brands and retailers. Previously Alison worked with Mondelez International and Kraft Foods and was the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility in Cadbury. With a mission to drive scalable change, Alison serves as a Member of the Sustainable Cotton Steering Committee for Textile Exchange. She also sat on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the London Olympic Games and has been a Coach and Mentor to commercial teams at WWF and the Ethical Trade Initiative.


Creating a resilient future for the cotton industry requires reimagining the supply chain through regenerative and socially just approaches to growing, processing, and manufacturing cotton. Discover new practices that are transforming the... see more

Thursday 9th May
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