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.

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 Clothing 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 here in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 adidas AG 2010
2 HEMA B.V. 2014
3 Marimekko Corporation 2013
4 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 here 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 Marimekko Corporation 2010
8 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 here 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 here 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 Anonymous member
7 Arcadia Group Ltd. 2014
8 Aritzia LP 2017
9 ASOS 2014
10 BabyBjorn AB 2014
11 Beaumanoir Groupe (Bonobo) 2016
12 Beddinghouse BV 2016
13 Benetton Group S.r.l. 2017
14 Bestseller 2011
15 Björn Borg Clothing AB 2017
16 Burberry Ltd 2015
17 C&A AG 2015
18 Carhartt WIP 2017
19 Coolinvestments Group 2018
20 Coop Genossenschaft 2016
21 Cotton On Group 2016
22 DECATHLON SA 2012
23 DK Company A/S 2017
24 El Corte Inglés 2018
25 Ellos AB 2015
26 Anonymous member
27 Essity (formerly SCA Hygiene AB) 2017
28 Etn. Fr. Colruyt NV 2017
29 Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. 2016
30 Fat Face Ltd. 2016
31 GANT AB 2017
32 Gap Inc. 2016
33 Gina Tricot AB 2011
34 G-Star RAW C.V. 2015
35 HEMA B.V. 2014
36 Hemtex AB 2010
37 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
38 HUGO BOSS AG 2017
39 IdKIds Sas 2016
40 Ikea Supply AG 2010
41 Inditex 2011
42 J Crew Inc. (J Crew and Madewell) 2016
43 John Lewis 2013
44 Just Brands B.V. 2016
45 KappAhl Sverige AB 2010
46 Kathmandu (together Kathmandu Ltd., Kathmandu Pty Limited, Kathmandu (U.K.) Limited) 2015
47 KID Interior AS 2016
48 Kmart Australia Ltd / Anko International Ltd. 2017
49 Anonymous member
50 Levi Strauss & Co. 2010
51 Lindex AB 2010
52 Lojas Renner S. A. 2017
53 Marimekko Corporation 2013
54 Marks and Spencer PLC 2010
55 Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) 2017
56 MQ Holding AB 2011
57 New Look Retailers Ltd. 2016
58 Next Retail Ltd 2015
59 Nike, Inc. 2010
60 Nine & Co. 2018
61 No Ordinary Designer Label ltd (Ted Baker) 2016
62 OLYMP Bezner KG 2018
63 Orsay GmbH 2017
64 OVS Spa 2016
65 Peak Performance Production AB 2014
66 Princess-Gruppen AS 2017
67 Profuomo and Michaelis (Micro Fashion) 2018
68 PUMA SE 2016
69 Anonymous member
70 PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger) 2017
71 Ralph Lauren Corporation 2016
72 Rituals Cosmetics Enterprise BV 2017
73 Rusta AB 2018
74 Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd. 2010
75 Scotch & Soda 2018
76 Splash Gulf LLC, UAE 2017
77 Stadium AB 2011
78 Takko Holding GmbH 2018
79 Target Corporation 2017
80 Tesco 2010
81 Tom Tailor GmbH 2016
82 *Tonrose Ltd 2016
83 Varner Retail AS 2016
84 VF Corporation 2012
85 Waitrose Ltd. 2014
86 WE Europe BV 2015
87 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 2015
88 Woolworths Holdings Limited 2014
89 Zeeman textielSupers B.V. 2013
90 Zalando 2017
91 & 92 Two members do not wish to appear in the list 2017

*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

As demand for Better Cotton increases, more and more organisations throughout the cotton supply chain are joining BCI and supporting increased uptake of Better Cotton. In the coming weeks, we will launch cotton merchant and cotton mill leaderboards, highlighting who sourced the largest volumes of cotton as Better Cotton in 2018.

Access the Better Cotton Leaderboard 2017.