BCI Elects New Chairperson

Announcements Monday, September 15th, 2014

BCI has announced that Susi Proudman, Vice President of Global Apparel and Equipment Materials at Nike, has been elected Chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative Council.    Proudman will replace Guido Verijke from IKEA whose term as Council Chairperson since 2012 has expired.

Janet Mensink of Solidaridad has been elected Vice Chair.

Nike’s Proudman commented, “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked by the Council to serve as Chair of the BCI. The initiative has made tremendous progress over recent years in its quest to bring responsible and sustainable practices to the mainstream of cotton production.  I look forward to working with fellow Council members and our partners to continue this successful expansion, and in particular, ensuring that systems and processes are in place that will attract many more brands and retailers to the program in support of millions of cotton farmers around the globe.”

 The Council is a governance body, elected by BCI members, whose role it is to ensure that BCI has clear strategic direction and adequate policy to successfully fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future. The Council is made up of organisations representing the different membership categories – Retailer and Brands, Suppliers and Manufacturers, Civil Society and Producer Organisations having three seats each, supplemented by up to three additional independent members recognized for their expertise.

To read more about the BCI Council including a list of all Members, please click here.