Production Principles and Criteria

The Better Cotton Production Principles and Criteria lay out the global definition of Better Cotton, by upholding the following 6 principles:

  • Better Cotton is produced by farmers who minimise the harmful impact of crop protection practices.
  • Better Cotton is produced by farmers who use water efficiently and care for the availability of water.
  • Better Cotton is produced by farmers who care for the health of the soil.
  • Better Cotton is produced by farmers who conserve natural habitats.
  • Better Cotton is produced by farmers who care for and preserve the quality of the fibre.
  • Better Cotton is produced by farmers who promote Decent Work.

By adhering to these principles, Better Cotton farmers produce cotton in a in a way that is measurably better for the environment and farming communities.

Links to learn more:

Production Principles and Criteria
Production Principles and Criteria Explained
Terms of Reference for the Better Cotton Production Principles and Criteria
Better Cotton Initiative Standards and Revision Procedures
Categorisation of farmers
Download a zip file of the Consultation Reports from around the world which provided input into the building of our Production Principles and Criteria.

The next review of the Production Principles and Criteria is planned for 2016.

‘Focal point’ contact for any enquiries: please email standards@bettercotton.org