Where is Better Cotton Grown?
Over 1.5 million farmers across 23 countries are working hard to produce a growing supply of Better Cotton. Our partners deliver field-level capacity building programmes that help farmers understand and apply the Better Cotton Principles and Criteria, improve the sustainability of their farms and gain a Better Cotton license. These licenses enable farmers to sell their cotton as Better Cotton, increasing the supply of more sustainable cotton in the global market, and linking farmers with a growing demand for more sustainable raw materials. We also work with certain existing national sustainability standards to allow farmers already adhering to those standards to sell their cotton as Better Cotton.
Through a successful benchmarking process, as of April 2018, the following standards are recognised by BCI as being equivalent to the Better Cotton Standard System: myBMP (My Best Management Practice) in Australia, ABRAPA (Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão) in Brazil, ‘Cotton made in Africa’ (CmiA) and ‘Smallholder Cotton Standard’ (SCS) of Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF). CmiA and SCS are benchmarked with BCI in specific countries in Africa; more information can be found here.
We’re on track to achieving our 2020 goal to reach 5 million farmers and produce 30% of global cotton supply as Better Cotton through the support of over 50 partners. These partners take on significant leadership for delivering Better Cotton programmes, implementing continuous improvement plans, identifying opportunities for innovation and collecting the field level data we use to monitor and evaluate our work.
The BCI team, with Head Offices in Switzerland and the UK, and regional offices in China, India, Mozambique, and Pakistan, as well as staff based in the USA and Turkey, are well placed to support our partners as they engage and train Better Cotton farmers.
To learn more about key environmental, economic and social indicators achieved by BCI Farmers, refer to our annual Harvest Reports.