The BCI operates as a not-for-profit membership association, which brings together producers, ginners, mills, traders, manufacturers, retailers, brands and civil society organisations in a unique global partnership to transform cotton production and to secure the future of the cotton sector.
We’re a voluntary initiative which welcomes membership of any legally registered organisation involved in, or with an interest in, the cotton supply chain, and who supports the BCI mission.
We’re proud of our multi-stakeholder nature and encourage participation from all sections of the supply chain. We recognise that this is essential to ensure that the Better Cotton produced by farmers is linked to the market and that growing demand for Better Cotton can be met.
We currently have over 230 members after just 3 years of operation, and we keep on growing!
What are the benefits of joining?
Cotton is a natural and breathable fibre which consumers around the world love and trust; it is also renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. But there are challenges to consider when sourcing this fibre – a fibre which impacts the livelihoods of millions of farmers and factory workers worldwide.
Joining BCI offers a way for progressive organisations to take decisive steps towards securing a more sustainable future for mainstream global cotton production.
BCI members are able to:
Create more impact together, addressing environmental and social issues collectively by joining this unique multi-stakeholder initiative.
Ensure a more sustainable and secure future for cotton by supporting better environmental practices, better livelihoods and working conditions for farmers to create a more secure source of cotton and the means for cotton users to achieve their sustainability targets.
Build Partnerships and strong relationships across the public, private and voluntary sectors to share best practice, create stories and collect evidence of impact that will resonate with stakeholders from all sectors and backgrounds.
Being a member – what does it mean?
Being a member of BCI means being part of creating impact and securing a more sustainable future for mainstream global cotton production. You support the BCI mission as part of your organisation’s involvement in cotton.
In addition, for commercial members…
Being a retailer or brand member means you can communicate about BCI, manage risk and have access all BCI benefits such as the traceability system, filed data and results. You are fully engaged with BCI and contribute to supply creation. In practice this means: investing in BCI each year, engaging your supply chain about BCI, internally implementing the Chain of Custody guidelines and, when you are ready, starting to source Better Cotton. In turn, you can talk to your customers about the Better Cotton you use.
Being a supplier or manufacturer member of the BCI means that you are an important part of increasing the flow of Better Cotton through the supply chain. You can choose between being a registered member (procuring) or a basic member (non-procuring). Registered membership means that you are trained by us on sourcing Better Cotton and using our traceability system & Chain of Custody guidelines. It also means that you are marketed by BCI as a trained supplier, making you more attractive to retailers and brands.
How do I join?
To apply for BCI membership, all you need to do is complete an application according to your category. To obtain an application form, contact email@example.com
The application process for membership is as follows:
1. Send us your application with the requested supporting information.
2. We receive and acknowledge the arrival of your application and check that it is complete.
3. We carry out due diligence research, including an internal consultation with existing members.
4. We collate and analyse results and provide the BCI Leadership Team with a recommendation on approval.
5. The BCI Leadership Team reviews the application and delivers the final decision.
The entire process can take up to six weeks from receipt of a complete application.
What are the fees?
Membership fees are differentiated according to membership category, sub-category and in relation to the size of the organisation.
You can download the BCI 2013 Fee structure here.
What membership category am I?
The membership structure of the association provides an important platform for continued involvement, partnership building and ownership of the BCI by producer organisations, retailers and brands, suppliers and manufacturers (ginners, traders, spinners, mills, cut and sew, financial institutions), civil society and others.The BCI membership categories are: