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.
COVID-19 Update: Amidst the global outbreak of COVID-19, BCI’s priority is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all BCI staff, partners who work to implement the Better Cotton Standard around the world, and the farmers they support. Steps have been taken to ensure those who can work from home are able to do so, and work trips and physical meetings have been postponed for the foreseeable future. We are also looking at how this global pandemic may impact our ability to continue assurance and training activities at farm level as planned, and if any changes are necessary, we will update all those impacted. BCI will continue to review government and World Health Organization guidance and adapt our response to the evolving global situation as appropriate.
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

BCI Sets Up Expert Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
The Better Cotton Standard System is a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic, and addresses the many challenges of cotton production. One of the seven Better Cotton Principles... Read More

A Diverse Approach Is Key to Assessing BCI’s Field-Level Results and Impact

Thursday, March 26th, 2020
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) works with on-the-ground partners to train millions of cotton farmers around the world, supporting them to implement more sustainable farming practices which protect and restore the environment, while also improving their livelihoods. To... Read More

Stories

Promoting Gender Equality: Female Farm-Worker in Pakistan Fulfils Her Dream of Economic Independence

Following her mother’s footsteps, Ruksana Kausar married a cotton farmer when she was young. Like many women in her community — where cotton communities farm the land to survive — Ruksana works hard on her family’s cotton farm, sowing seeds, weeding the fields and picking cotton amid the searing heat of Punjab.... 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

Participation

Moved to 2 - 4 March 2021 | Global Cotton Sustainability Conference

Given the current situation regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 and its global impact on health and travel, the 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference will now take place from 2 – 4 March 2021* in Lisbon, Portugal.... Read More

Become a BCI Member

Become a BCI Member and join a global community committed to making cotton production better for the environment it grows in, better for the people who grow it and better for the sector’s future. At the end of 2019, BCI had more than 1,800 members spanning our five membership categories.... Read More