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.
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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.
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Western China Update: BCI has suspended its assurance activities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of  Western China effective starting the current 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 XUAR effective starting this season (2020-21). 

News and Blog

BCI Launches New Chain of Custody Advisory Group

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
  Last month, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) launched its new Chain of Custody Advisory Group. The purpose of the new Advisory Group is to provide advice on the development of the Better Cotton Chain of Custody – the key... Read More

Cotton Farming and Covid-19: On the Ground in Pakistan

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Coronavirus Update

  • BCI works with six Implementing Partners and more than 360,000 BCI Farmers in Pakistan.
  • BCI Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) are supporting BCI Farmers...
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Stories

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

Updates

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 our upcoming Cotton Outlook Series with insights from industry experts and guest speakers, Introduction to BCI webinars, Better Cotton Platform training and more.
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