BCI Production Principles and Criteria lay out the global definition of Better Cotton. By adhering to six principles, BCI Farmers produce cotton in a way that is measurably better for the environment and farming communities.
The six principles and associated criteria were first published in 2010, after more than 16 months of stakeholder consultation. Since then, minor amendments and structural changes have been made, including changes to the related guidance document (PPC explained) and the addition of three normative performance scales, introduced with the new Assurance Program in 2013.
The second public consultation on the BCI standards is now over. A public report summarising results of the consultation should be released soon.