The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.
2019 Annual Report: We are delighted to launch the BCI 2019 Annual Report! In the 2018-19 cotton season, BCI and our on-the-ground partners provided training on more sustainable farming practices to 2.3 million cotton farmers, and Better Cotton accounted for 22% of global cotton production. Learn more about our successes, challenges and the progress we are making towards our 2020 targets.
Western China Update: BCI is suspending its assurance activities in the Xinjiang region of China for the upcoming cotton season (2020-21) based on the recognition that the operating environment prevents credible assurance and licensing from being executed. BCI assurance activities for the last season finished in September. There will be no licensed Better Cotton from Xinjiang next season (2020-21). Learn more here.

News and Blog

Better Cotton: Did You Know?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Did you know that Brazil produced the largest volumes of Better Cotton in the 2018-19 cotton season and that India had the greatest number of licensed BCI Farmers?

In our new Better Cotton Country Snapshots, we focus in on each country where Better Cotton is grown and...

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Sustainable Cotton Reaches 22% of Global Production as 2.3 Million Farmers Receive Training on Improved Agricultural Practices

Monday, June 29th, 2020
  Today, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) launched its 2019 Annual Report. In the report, BCI shares that Better Cotton – cotton produced by licensed BCI Farmers in line with the initiative’s Better Cotton Principles and Criteria – now accounts for 22% of global... Read More


Changing Lives and Attitudes in Mozambique: One Family’s Journey to Understanding the Importance of Children’s Education

It’s a bright, peaceful day in Mozambique as Henrique and his wife Ana watch their 12-year-old daughter, Belta, setting off for school in the cotton farming community of Ratane, a remote, rural village in Mecuburi District, northeastern Mozambique. As she leaves, Henrique reflects on the changes in their community since BCI and SANAM began supporting... Read More

BCI Farmers in India Form Their Own Farmer-Owned Collective and Improve Their Livelihoods

Balubhai Parmar is helping to lead an enterprising group of BCI Farmers who founded their own organisation — the Somnath Farmer Producer Organisation — putting themselves at the forefront of continuously improving their members’ performance.... Read More


Covid-19 Hub

In this hub, you will find up-to-date information about how BCI Farmers around the world have been impacted by the pandemic and what additional efforts BCI and our on-the-ground partners are taking to support them.... Read More

Monthly Webinars

Join BCI online for a wide array of virtual events, including an introduction to BCI webinar, Better Cotton Platform training, and more.
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