BCI hosts annual field trips to China, India, Pakistan, Turkey and the USA – creating an open and transparent space where members can meet directly with licensed BCI Farmers and Implementing Partners. BCI Farmers and Implementing Partners have a platform to highlight the successes and challenges of more sustainable cotton production, and members are able to see first-hand the sustainable practices that are being implemented on the ground.
This year, BCI has hosted trips in China, Pakistan and the USA, with a forthcoming trip in India planned for late November.
USA | 13 – 14 September 2018
A total of 50 attendees from across the cotton supply chain were able to experience cotton agriculture in West Texas, USA. Attendees visited two cotton farms and the Quarterway Cotton Gin, dissected cotton plants, and toured the Texas Tech University Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute. Representatives from American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Inc., IKEA, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, C&A Mexico, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and Texas Alliance for Water Conservation were among those who attended.
“The tour was very educational and informative. I especially enjoyed the research institute tour, as well as hearing directly from the farmers.” – Anonymous.
China | 25 – 28 September 2018
In Xinjiang, China, BCI’s Implementing Partner, Cotton Connect, gave representatives from Fast Retailing, PVH Corp., Levi Strauss & Co., Target Corp, Cotton On, and Joules an introduction into cotton production in China. Attendees visited two cotton farms during the cotton harvest and met with licensed BCI Farmers Liu Wenchao and Kong Lingqua. They also visited a cotton gin and a state-of-the-art spinning facility during the two-day trip.
“Thank you BCI for organising the field trip – we are leaving with a deeper understanding of BCI and Better Cotton. Thank you for your efforts.” – Levi Strauss & Co.
Pakistan | 10 October 2018
Representatives from Bedding House, Hennes & Mauritz AB, the International Labour Organization, Lindex AB, Louis Dreyfus Company and Decathlon SA were amongst those who attended the BCI Field Trip to Matiari, Pakistan, to see how farmers are overcoming cotton production challenges in the region. BCI’s Implementing Partner CABI-CWA organised a farmer meeting so that BCI Farmers could share their success stories and examples of best practice with the group. After a visit to the cotton fields, attendees visited a nearby gin.
“We are thankful to BCI for organising such a great workshop and field trip. The trip provided us with lots of information and really showed BCI’s dedication and the achievements they have made over the last few the years. We hope such events will continue.”– Lindex.
It’s not too late to join us for a BCI Field Trip!
Our final trip of the year is taking place in Maharashtra, India, on 27 – 29 November. Find out more and register here.