Terms of Use

Please read this page carefully. It sets out the terms which apply to your use of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) website and any part of its content and all materials appearing on www.bettercotton.org (“the Website”). By using the Website you agree to comply with these terms. Note that there may be additional terms on other pages which apply to particular parts of the Website. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using the Website.

The Website is a site operated by BCI, a Non-Profit registered in Switzerland. The Website is protected by copyright, database rights and other intellectual property and related rights (“Rights”) which are owned by the BCI. All such Rights are reserved.

Except where otherwise indicated on the Website:
» You may download and print material from the Website as is reasonable for your own private and personal use;
» You may also forward such material from the Website to other people for their private and personal use provided you credit BCI as its source and add the Website address: www.bettercotton.org. You must draw their attention to these terms which also apply to them; and
» You may provide links to the Website provided they go to the home page only and provided you do so in a way that is fair, legal and does not damage BCI’s reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on the part of BCI where none exists.

The Website must not be used in any other way, including for commercial purposes, and you may not otherwise reproduce, re-utilise or redistribute it, or frame or deep-link to it on any other website, without the prior written permission of BCI. If you print off, copy or download any part of the Website in breach of these terms of use, your right to use the Website will cease immediately and you must, at BCI’s option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

The trade marks, logos and brand names shown on the Website are owned by the BCI or its Members and Partners. No rights are granted to use any of them without the prior written permission of the owner. Reasonable skill and care has been used in producing the Website but it is only designed for general information purposes. No guarantee is given by BCI or its suppliers that the Website (including any statistics contained on the Website) is accurate, complete or up-to-date. BCI therefore disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on the content of the Website by any visitor to the Website, or by anyone who may be informed of its contents.

The Website, on occasion, may contain links to other websites and services operated by parties independent to BCI. BCI takes reasonable precautions in selecting these but except where otherwise indicated on the Website BCI does not endorse them and cannot accept any liability (as set out below) for any material contained within them or for your use of them or any use of your personal data collected by such parties.

BCI, its members and partners take reasonable precautions to prevent computer viruses or any other such items that may damage the operation of computers or property or otherwise engage in computer misuse (“Malicious Programmes”) on the Website but cannot accept any liability for them (as set out below).

You are advised to take precautions yourself such as the use of suitable protective software. You must not misuse the Website by knowingly introducing Malicious Programmes. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Website, the server on which the Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to the Website. You must not attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a istributed denial-of-service attack. By breaching this provision, you may commit an offence under relevant legislation. BCI will report any such breach to any relevant law enforcement authorities and will co-operate with any such authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

BCI aims to update the Website regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, BCI may suspend access to the Website, or close it indefinitely. BCI will not be liable if for any reason the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. Any of the material on the Website may be out of date at any given time, and BCI is under no obligation to update such material.

Use of Images

All images on this Website are copyright © Better Cotton Initiative and their respective copyright holders. Images on this Website may be reproduced for non-commercial, scientific, educational and personal use only. Copying or redistribution in any manner for personal or corporate gain is not permitted without written permission from the Better Cotton Initiative. Commercial publication, exploitation, or use of Better Cotton Initiative images, graphics or html files on commercial websites is specifically prohibited.

Users may download, print, photocopy, and distribute these images for their own non-commercial use, provided that the Better Cotton Initiative copyright notice is included – © Better Cotton Initiative – and photographer or artist (if given) is credited. Users who place any image on their website must place the copyright notice and credit line next to or on the image itself.

Communicating Data:

BCI is very careful in communicating data in a simple and clear way.

To date, BCI have not collected results indicators for long enough to be able to prove impact, which will require five years’ worth of data. But we do have data which shows how Better Cotton farmers compare to control farmers who use conventional methods to grow cotton. As we collect an increasing amount of data year on year, further studies will be carried out to identify real impact. BCI aims to update the Website regularly, and may change the content at any time. If the need arises, BCI may suspend access to the Website, or close it indefinitely.