Revision of the Principles & Criteria


The Better Cotton Principles and Criteria lay out the global definition of Better Cotton. By adhering to seven principles, BCI Farmers produce cotton in a way that is measurably better for the environment and farming communities.

The original six principles and associated criteria were first published in 2010. In line with codes of good practices for voluntary standards, BCI periodically reviews its Standard in order to keep up with innovative agricultural practices and latest scientific and technological research. Revisions of the Standard also take into account lessons learned from implementation and evaluation of the earlier versions of the Standard.

2015-17 Revision

In January 2015 the BCI Council approved the proposal to launch a formal review of the Better Cotton Principles & Criteria. This revision process provided an exciting opportunity to incorporate improvements to the Standard that would enhance BCI’s ability to reach its mission and strengthen the credibility of the overall Better Cotton Standard System. An additional Principles was incorporated into the Standard.

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Overview Documents

2015-17 Revision Documents

Better Cotton Principles & Criteria: 2015-17 Revision – Overview

Better Cotton Principles & Criteria: 2015-17 Revision – Public Report (coming soon)

Better Cotton Principles & Criteria: 2015-17 Revision – Synopsis (coming soon)

Better Cotton Principles & Criteria: 2015-17 Revision – Q&A
This document answers questions from stakeholders including BCI Teams and Partners on the revised Principles and Criteria. This document will be regularly updated.

Archive Documents

Download a zip file of the Consultation Reports from around the world which provided input into the building of our Principles and Criteria.