Retailer and Brand Membership

Apparel & Home Membership: includes any for-profit organisation selling cotton based goods directly to consumers.

Travel & Leisure Membership: includes any for-profit organisation using cotton based goods as part of the services they provide.

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Membership Benefits

Joining BCI offers a way for progressive Retail/Brand companies to take decisive steps towards securing a more sustainable future for mainstream global cotton production.

1. Lead in sustainability pertaining to cotton:

  • Create more impact on environmental and social issues collectively, and in multi-stakeholder dialogue.

2. Manage Reputational Risks:

  • Support better environmental practices.
  • Support better livelihoods and working conditions for farmers and farm workers.
  • Become part of a global initiative to secure a more sustainable future for the cotton sector.

3. Access Global Supply:

  • Procure Better Cotton from diverse global regions, already accounting for 11.9% of total global cotton production end 2015.

4. Make Credible Claims:

  • Access the Better Cotton Traceability Systems to report your sourcing as Better Cotton and make verifiable claims on and off product.
  • Access project data and compelling real-life stories from farmers for your communications and marketing initiatives.

What it means to be a Member

Being a member of BCI means being part of creating impact and supporting the BCI mission as part of your organisation’s involvement in cotton. As a BCI Retailer & Brand Member, you are committed to improving cotton production through engagement, sourcing and payment of related fees so that the field expansion of Better Cotton can be funded. For retailers and brands, BCI involvement means establishing a company-wide, credible responsible sourcing programme.

Members are fully engaged with BCI, source Better Cotton and contribute to supply creation by paying related volume-based fees. They communicate about Better Cotton and access all BCI benefits such as the Better Cotton Tracer, BCI field data and results, and can fully use the BCI Claims Framework and On-Product Mark Guidelines.

Whether Apparel and Home, or Travel & Leisure, both subcategories are a part of the Retailer and Brand category. BCI Retailer and Brand members participate in BCI’s General Assembly and Council and have the opportunity to influence processes and discussions at BCI. BCI Council positions are open to all members (except for Associate Members), and Retailer and Brand members hold three seats in the BCI Council.

Members are also required to comply with:

Membership Fees

Membership fees for Retailers and Brands are based on its total cotton footprint, that is, the previous year’s total cotton lint consumption.

If you are unsure of how much cotton lint your company uses BCI would be happy to offer some guidance, please contact membership@bettercotton.org.

Click here to download the BCI Membership Fee structure for retailers and brands.

How to Join

To apply for BCI membership, simply complete an application form that corresponds to your category.

Or email your request to membership@bettercotton.org.

Application process:

1. Send us your application form with the requested supporting information.

2. We receive and acknowledge receipt of your application form and check that it is complete.

3. We carry out due diligence research, to ensure there are no outstanding issues that can create reputational risk for BCI.

4. We collate and analyse the results, and provide the BCI Leadership Team with a recommendation for approval.

5. The BCI Leadership Team reviews the application and provides a final approval decision.

6. We send you an invoice for fees, and you are listed on the Member Only section of our website for BCI Members, under New Members’ Consultation.

7. On payment of your membership invoice you become a member-in-consultation for 12 weeks during which time you have full access to all membership benefits.

8. If no issues arise during member consultation, you are a member of BCI; we will communicate with you in case any issues are raised during consultation.

9. If your membership consultation results in membership being revoked, all fees paid to BCI will be refunded.

Please note that the entire process can takes up to 13 weeks from receipt of a completed application form.