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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Western China Update: Sustained allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China have contributed to an increasingly untenable operating environment, and as of October 2020, BCI has, therefore, taken the decision to cease all field-level activities in the region effective immediately, including capacity building and data monitoring and reporting. Read more here.

News and Blog

BCI Council Elections 2021: Deadline for Member Applications Extended

Thursday, January 14th, 2021
  The deadline for BCI Members to apply for a position on the BCI Council has been extended to 21 January 2021. Elected by BCI Members, the BCI Council ensures the organisation has a clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil... Read More

BBC News Report on Xinjiang: BCI Statement

Friday, December 18th, 2020
On 14 December 2020, the BBC published a story across its media channels that focuses on the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and allegations of forced labour in the cotton sector, including at farm-level. A BCI spokesperson... Read More

Stories

Adopting Sustainable Water Practices in India

Find out how an educational game of Snakes and Ladders, introduced to 24 schools in cotton farming communities across Gujarat, encouraged children to share positive messages about sustainable water use with their families and communities.... Read More

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

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 member-only webinar series, Introduction to BCI sessions, Better Cotton Platform training and our new three-part series led by BCI India.
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