What is BCI’s attitude toward cotton from Uzbekistan?
BCI welcomes the day when Uzbek cotton farmers will be able to benefit from the methodologies of Better Cotton, recognition of basic human rights, etc. (ILO monitoring, and their recent engagement with the Uzbek government on this topic are promising developments). Until then however, no cotton sourced from Uzbekistan complies with the Production Principles and Criteria of the Better Cotton Standard.
The Better Cotton Chain of Custody does not allow Uzbek cotton to be sold by international traders or merchants as Better Cotton.
BCI does not monitor the origins of cotton that are not marketed as ‘Better Cotton’. It is the responsibility of Retailers and Brands who wish to avoid Uzbek cotton to ensure that their subcontracted spinners and mills are not using it in their products.