Is BCI an industry association?
No, BCI is a multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit association that was founded by a group of NGOs, global brands and retail organisations, cotton supply chain businesses and cotton producer groups that sought to address the social, environmental and economic impacts of cotton production at farm level. This same grouping of interests is represented in the board of directors (The Council) of the BCI today.
As an associate member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards, BCI meets the baseline criteria of ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, embraces ISEAL’s Credibility Principles and is committed to working with other mission-driven standards organisations to improve its positive impacts.
Producers, Civil Society groups, Supply Chain business and Retailers have three seats each in the Council, with one vote per seat. Thus, even if any particular group is over- or under-represented in the wider membership, the governance structure maintains a balance of power and influence over the Better Cotton strategy.