Who we are
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) — a global not-for-profit organisation — is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Together with our partners we provide training on more sustainable farming practices to more than 2.3 million cotton farmers in 23 countries. In the 2018-19 cotton season, licensed BCI Farmers produced more than 5.6 million metric tonnes of ‘Better Cotton’ – that accounts for around 22% of global cotton production!
At the end of 2019, BCI had more than 1,840 members, spanning the entire global cotton supply chain from farmer organisations through to retailers and brands. Together, we are collectively addressing the negative impacts of mainstream cotton production by supporting the production and sourcing of Better Cotton – cotton grown in line with the Better Cotton Principles and Criteria. In 2019, BCI Retailer and Brand Members sourced more than 1.5 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton.
We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands, and civil society organisations, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. By the end of 2020, our goal is to train five million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices, and have Better Cotton account for 30% of global cotton production.