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 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’s Membership Growth Continues in 2020

Monday, September 7th, 2020
In the first half of 2020, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) welcomed 210 new members. BCI works with members across the cotton supply chain to ensure there is continuous demand for and supply of Better Cotton – cotton produced by... Read More

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

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Coronavirus Update
  • BCI works with Strategic Partner İyi Pamuk Uygulamaları Derneği (IPUD), three Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) and more than 3,000 BCI Farmers* in...
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Improving Working Conditions for Farm-Workers in Şanlıurfa

Hear stories about the positive changes a BCI Farmer, a permanent farm-worker and a labour contractor are making as a result of their participation in the ‘Toward Decent Working Conditions in Cotton Farms in Şanlıurfa’ project.... Read More

Trialling Innovative Water-Saving Practices in Tajikistan

Find out how one BCI Farmer's commitment to trialling water-saving practices led him to install Tajikistan's first tubular irrigation system, saving almost two million litres of water in just one cotton season. ... 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 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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