Better Cotton Leaderboard 2018

In 2018 we moved closer to reaching our 2020 goal – Better Cotton accounting for 30% of global cotton production – and BCI Members contributed significantly to this progress. We saw a historic level of uptake*, as 92 BCI Retailer and Brand Members sourced more than one million metric tonnes of Better Cotton and spinners sourced 1.7 million metric tonnes.

Many Retailer and Brand Members have public targets to source more sustainable cotton. At the end of 2018, 46 members had announced public targets to source 100% of their cotton more sustainably by a set date. Because of BCI’s demand-driven funding model, retailer and brand sourcing of Better Cotton directly translates to increased investment in training for cotton farmers on more sustainable practices.

While all BCI Members are contributing to the sustainable future of cotton, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the 2018 Better Cotton leaders.

*Uptake refers to the sourcing and purchasing of more sustainable cotton in a supply chain. By ‘sourcing cotton as Better Cotton,’ BCI is referring to the action taken by members when they place orders for cotton-containing products. It does not refer to the cotton present in the finished product. BCI uses a chain of custody model called Mass Balance whereby volumes of Better Cotton are tracked on an online sourcing platform. Better Cotton may be mixed with or replaced by conventional cotton in its journey from field to product, however, the volumes of Better Cotton claimed by members on the online platform never exceeds the volumes physically procured by spinners and traders.

 

Top 15 Retailer and Brand Members by Sourcing Volumes

In 2018, 92 out of 102 BCI Retailer and Brand Members sourced a record breaking 1,064,421 metric tonnes of Better Cotton. Sourcing cotton as Better Cotton requires commitment from retailers and brands and it can take time to incorporate Better Cotton into sustainable sourcing strategies and processes. Therefore not all retailer and brand members were able to contribute to the uptake of Better Cotton in 2018.

The following retailers and brands are the top 15 (in descending order) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes.

Members are listed in order of sourcing volumes.

Rank Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
2 Ikea Supply AG 2010
3 Gap Inc. 2016
4 adidas AG 2010
5 Nike, Inc. 2010
6 Levi Strauss & Co. 2010
7 C&A AG 2015
9 PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger ) 2017 (2013)*
8 VF Corporation 2012
10 Bestseller 2011
11 DECATHLON SA 2012
12 Target Corporation 2017
13 Marks and Spencer PLC 2010
14 Tesco 2010
15 OVS Spa 2016

All of the organisations listed above have also announced public targets to source more sustainable materials by a set date.

*Tommy Hilfiger became a member in 2013.  PVH Corp took over and consolidated BCI membership for all its brands (including Tommy Hilfiger) in 2017.

Retailer and Brand Members Sourcing at Least 90% of Their Cotton as Better Cotton

For some retailers and brands, Better Cotton accounts for a substantial proportion of their more sustainable cotton portfolio. The following retailers and brands sourced at least 90% of their cotton as Better Cotton in 2018.

Members are listed in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 adidas AG 2010
2 HEMA B.V. 2014
3 Stadium AB 2011

Retailer and Brand Members Sourcing at Least 75% of Their Cotton as Better Cotton

For some retailers and brands, Better Cotton accounts for a substantial proportion of their more sustainable cotton portfolio. The following retailers and brands sourced at least 75% of their cotton as Better Cotton in 2018.

Members are listed in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 adidas AG 2010
2 DECATHLON SA 2012
3 Fat Face Ltd. 2016
4 HEMA B.V. 2014
5 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
6 Ikea Supply AG 2010
7 Stadium AB 2011

Fastest Movers by Increased Sourcing Volumes

In 2018 these retailers and brands increased the volume of cotton they sourced as Better Cotton by at least 20 percentage points compared to 2017. For example a member moving from sourcing 10% of their cotton as Better Cotton in 2017 to sourcing 60% in 2018 would be an increase of 50 percentage points.

Members are listed in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 Benetton S.r.l. 2017
2 Burberry Ltd 2015
3 Fatface Ltd 2016
4 GANT AB 2017
5 Gap Inc. 2016
6 HEMA BV 2014
7 La Redoute 2016
8 Marimekko 2013
9 Nike Inc. 2010
10 Olymp Bezner KG 2018
11 Peak Performance 2014
12 PVH Corp. 2017
13 Stadium AB 2011

All Retailer and Brand Members Sourcing Cotton as Better Cotton

As noted above, in 2018, 92 out of 102 BCI Retailer and Brand Members sourced a record breaking 1,064,421 metric tonnes of Better Cotton. Sourcing cotton as Better Cotton requires commitment from retailers and brands and it can take time to incorporate Better Cotton into sustainable sourcing strategies and processes. Therefore not all retailer and brand members were able to contribute to the uptake of Better Cotton in 2018. This is the list of all retailer and brand members that were able to contribute.

Members are listed in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 adidas AG 2010
2 Adler Modemarkte AG 2015
3 Åhlens AB 2012
4 ALDI International Services GmbH & Co. oHG 2017
5 American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. 2015
6 Arcadia Group Ltd. 2014
7 Aritzia LP 2017
8 ASOS 2014
9 BabyBjorn AB 2014
10 Beaumanoir Groupe (Bonobo) 2016
11 Beddinghouse BV 2016
12 Benetton Group S.r.l. 2017
13 Bestseller 2011
14 Björn Borg Clothing AB 2017
15 Burberry Ltd 2015
16 C&A AG 2015
17 Carhartt WIP 2017
18 Coolinvestments Group 2018
19 Coop Genossenschaft 2016
20 Cotton On Group 2016
21 DECATHLON SA 2012
22 DK Company A/S 2017
23 El Corte Inglés 2018
24 Ellos AB 2015
25 Essity (formerly SCA Hygiene AB) 2017
26 Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV 2017
27 Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. 2016
28 Fat Face Ltd. 2016
29 GANT AB 2017
30 Gap Inc. 2016
31 Gina Tricot AB 2011
32 G-Star RAW C.V. 2015
33 HEMA B.V. 2014
34 Hemtex AB 2010
35 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
36 HUGO BOSS AG 2017
37 IdKIds Sas 2016
38 Ikea Supply AG 2010
39 Inditex 2011
40 J Crew Inc. (J Crew and Madewell) 2016
41 John Lewis 2013
42 Just Brands B.V. 2016
43 KappAhl Sverige AB 2010
44 Kathmandu (together Kathmandu Ltd., Kathmandu Pty Limited, Kathmandu (U.K.) Limited) 2015
45 KID Interior AS 2016
46 Kmart Australia Ltd / Anko International Ltd. 2017
47 Levi Strauss & Co. 2010
48 Lindex AB 2010
49 Lojas Renner S. A. 2017
50 Marimekko Corporation 2013
51 Marks and Spencer PLC 2010
52 Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) 2017
53 MQ Holding AB 2011
54 New Look Retailers Ltd. 2016
55 Next Retail Ltd 2015
56 Nike, Inc. 2010
57 Nine & Co. 2018
58 No Ordinary Designer Label ltd (Ted Baker) 2016
59 OLYMP Bezner KG 2018
60 Orsay GmbH 2017
61 OVS Spa 2016
62 Peak Performance Production AB 2014
63 Princess-Gruppen AS 2017
64 Profuomo and Michaelis (Micro Fashion) 2018
65 PUMA SE 2016
66 PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger) 2017
67 Ralph Lauren Corporation 2016
68 Rituals Cosmetics Enterprise BV 2017
69 Rusta AB 2018
70 Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd. 2010
71 Scotch & Soda 2018
72 Splash Gulf LLC, UAE 2017
73 Stadium AB 2011
74 Takko Holding GmbH 2018
75 Target Corporation 2017
76 Tesco 2010
77 Tom Tailor GmbH 2016
78 *Tonrose Ltd 2016
79 Varner Retail AS 2016
80 VF Corporation 2012
81 Waitrose Ltd. 2014
82 WE Europe BV 2015
83 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 2015
84 Woolworths Holdings Limited 2014
85 Zeeman textielSupers B.V. 2013
86 Zalando 2017
87 – 92 Six members do not wish to appear in the list

*Tonrose is a Supplier and Manufacturer Member operating in the service sector.

Retailer and Brand Members with Public 100% Sustainable Cotton Targets

Many of our Retailer and Brand Members have public targets to source more sustainable materials by a set date. At the end of 2018, the following members had announced publicly that 100% of their cotton will be sourced more sustainably by a set date.

Members are listed by target year.

Retailer and Brand Member Target Year
1 Stadium AB 2017/2018
2 adidas AG 2018
3 Marks and Spencer Plc. 2019
4 Åhlens AB 2020
5 Björn Borg AB 2020
6 C&A AG 2020
7 DECATHLON SA 2020
8 Ellos AB 2020
9 Essity (formerly SCA Hygiene AB) 2020
10 Fatface Ltd 2020
11 G-Star RAW C-V 2020
12 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2020
13 HEMA BV 2020
14 Hemtex AB 2020
15 KappAhl Sverige AB 2020
16 Kathmandu (together Kathmandu Ltd., Kathmandu Pty Limited, Kathmandu (U.K.) Limited) 2020
17 KID Interior AS 2020
18 Kmart Australia Ltd / Anko International Ltd. 2020
19 Levi Strauss & Co. 2020
20 Lindex AB 2020
21 MQ Holding AB 2020
22 Nike, Inc. 2020
23 Okaidi (IDKids) 2020
24 OVS Spa 2020
25 Peak Performance Production AB 2020
26 Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd. 2020
27 PVH Corp (Tommy Hilfiger) 2020
28 VF Corporation (applies to non-US cotton) 2020
29 Waitrose 2020
30 Woolworths Holdings Limited 2020
31 Target Corporation 2020
32 Cotton On Group 2021
33 Esprit 2021
34 Gap Inc. 2021
35 Lojas Renner S. A. 2021
36 Rusta AB 2021
37 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 2021
38 Bestseller 2022
39 Bonobo Planet 2022
40 Burberry Ltd. 2022
41 Benetton Group S.r.l. 2025
42 Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. 2025
43 La Redoute 2025
44 Scotch and Soda 2025
45 Tesco 2025
46 Gina Tricot AB 2028

Top 20 Cotton Merchants by Sourcing Volumes

These cotton merchants sourced the largest volumes of Better Cotton in 2018.

Merchants are listed in alphabetical order.

Merchant Country Joined BCI
Basil Group India 2012
Cargill Cotton Limited UK 2012
Changzhou Keteng Textile Co. Ltd China 2014
Cotton Distributors Incorporated Switzerland 2014
ECOM Switzerland 2010
Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC USA 2015
Jiangsu Sinocot International Trade Co. Ltd. China 2015
Louis Dreyfus Company Switzerland 2012
Namoi Cotton Alliance Australia 2015
Niva Organics Private Limited India 2018
Olam International Singapore 2011
Om India Trading Company PVT. Ltd. India 2017
Paul Reinhart AG Switzerland 2012
Quarterway Cotton Growers LLC USA 2018
R.S. Cottmark (India) PVT. Ltd. India 2015
Spectrum International Prvt Ltd India 2013
Suzhou Hao Xue International Trade Co. Ltd. China 2017
Xiamen ITG Group Corp. Ltd. China 2018
Xinjiang Guomao Cotton Co. Ltd. China 2018
Xinjiang jiafeng cotton industry Co. Ltd. China 2018

Top 50 Mills by Sourcing Volumes

These mills sourced the largest volumes of Better Cotton in 2018.

Mills are listed in alphabetical order.

Mill Joined BCI Country
AA Coarse Spun Ltd. 2016 Bangladesh
Alkaram Textiles 2013 Pakistan
Amber Group 2014 Bangladesh
Ambika Cotton Mills Limited 2015 India
Artistic Milliners 2011 Pakistan
Arvind Limited 2010 India
Bros Eastern Co. Ltd. 2011 China
Celikaslan Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş 2015 Turkey
DBL Group 2013 Bangladesh
Envoy Textiles Ltd. 2016 Bangladesh
Erdem Tekstil 2013 Turkey
Far Eastern Industries (WuXi) LTD 2012 China
Fazal Group 2013 Pakistan
GMS Composite Knitting Ind. Ltd. 2017 Bangladesh
Gul Ahmed Textile Mills 2011 Pakistan
Henan  Xinye Textile Co. Ltd. 2015 China
Huafu Fashion Co. Ltd. 2015 China
Interloop Ltd 2013 Pakistan
Kipas Mensucat Isletmeleri A.Ş 2011 Turkey
Loyal Textile Mills LTD. 2013 India
Mahmood Group 2011 Pakistan
Matam Fibre Mills Ltd. 2016 Bangladesh
Menderes Tekstil 2012 Turkey
Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd (Nahar Group) 2012 India
Naveena Exports 2010 Pakistan
Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting Co. Ltd. 2015 China
Nishat Mills Ltd./Nishat Linen Pvt Ltd. 2011 Pakistan
NITIN SPINNERS LTD. 2014 India
Norfil S/A Industria Textil 2014 Brazil
P.T. Kahatex 2014 Indonesia
Ramatex Private Limited 2012 Singapore
Sapphire Group 2013 Pakistan
Sintex Industries Limited (Yarn Division) 2016 India
Soorty Enterprises (Pvt.) Limited 2011 Pakistan
Square Textiles Limited 2013 Bangladesh
Sunvim Group Co. Ltd  No. 2 Towel Company 2015 China
Suraj Cotton Mills Limited. 2015 Pakistan
Tainan Spinning Co., Ltd 2016 Vietnam
Texhong Textile Group Ltd 2013 China
Top Star Textiles 2011 China
Trident Ltd. 2011 India
US Denim Mills (Pvt) Ltd. 2011 Pakistan
Vardhman Textiles ltd. 2011 India
Viyellatex Group 2012 Bangladesh
WELSPUN INDIA LIMITED 2014 India
Wugang Longshan Textile Technology Co. Ltd. 2017 China
XinJiang Litai Silk Road Investment Co. Ltd. 2016 China
Yuyue Home Textile Co. Ltd. 2013 China
Zaber & Zubair Fabrics Ltd. 2013 Bangladesh
One member does not wish to appear in the list.

Top 10 Mills by Country

These mills sourced the largest volumes of Better Cotton in 2018.

Mills are listed in alphabetical order.

Bangladesh

Mills in Bangladesh Joined BCI
AA Coarse Spun Ltd. 2016
Amber Group 2014
Badsha Textiles Ltd. 2015
DBL Group 2013
Envoy Textiles Ltd. 2016
GMS Composite Knitting Ind. Ltd. 2017
Matam Fibre Mills Ltd. 2016
Zaber & Zubair Fabrics Ltd. 2013
Square Textiles Ltd. 2013
Viyellatex Group 2012

China

Mills in China Joined BCI
Bros Eastern Co. Ltd. 2011
Henan  Xinye Textile Co. Ltd. 2015
Huafu Fashion Co. Ltd. 2015
Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting Co. Ltd. 2015
Sunvim Group Co. Ltd  No. 2 Towel Company 2015
Texhong Textile Group Ltd 2013
Top Star Textiles 2011
Wugang Longshan Textile Technology Co. Ltd. 2017
XinJiang Litai Silk Road Investment Co. Ltd. 2016
Yuyue Home Textile Co. Ltd. 2013

India

Mills in India Joined BCI
Ambika Cotton Mills Ltd. 2015
Arvind Ltd. 2010
K.P.R. Mill Ltd. 2014
Loyal Textile Mills Ltd. 2013
Nahar Group (Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd.) 2012
Nitin Spinners Ltd. 2014
Sintex Industries Ltd. (Yarn Division) 2016
Trident Ltd. 2011
Vardhman Textiles Ltd. 2011
Welspun India Ltd. 2014

Pakistan

Mills in Pakistan Joined BCI
Alkaram Group 2013
Artistic Milliners 2011
Fazal Group 2013
Gul Ahmed Textile Mills 2011
Indus Group of Companies 2012
Mahmood Group 2011
Naveena Exports Ltd. 2010
Nishat Mills 2011
Sapphire Group 2013
Suraj Cotton Mills Ltd. 2015

Turkey

Mills in Turkey Joined BCI
Beyteks Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş 2013
Çalık Pamuk 2013
Celikaslan Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş 2015
Erdem Tekstil 2013
Ipek Tekstil ve Dis Tic. A.Ş 2015
Jnr Mensucat Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş 2017
Kipas Mensucat Isletmeleri A.Ş 2011
Menderes Tekstil 2012
Uspar Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş 2014
Almaxtex Tekstil San. ve Tic. A.Ş 2012

 

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