480 participants, 64 speakers and 49 nationalities met in Malmö, Sweden and online on 22 & 23 June for the 2022 Better Cotton Conference.
The conference brought together farmers, fashion brands, civil society organisations, businesses, and other stakeholders from across the cotton sector to discuss the critical climate issues facing the cotton industry today. After two years of adapted online engagement, we were thrilled to meet both virtually and in-person again to exchange ideas.
Get a glimpse of the conference by watching our highlights showreel!
Some of the Conference highlights includes:
- Drawing on the first ever global analysis of physical climate risks across global cotton growing regions for the 2040s conducted for the Cotton 2040 initiative, Forum for the Future’s Charlene Collison spoke to Climate Scientist, Iain Watt, on understanding the risks and the implications for future production.
- Balubhai Parmar, a Better Cotton Farmer from India, gave us a first-hand look at how collaboration between farmers can bring about improvement in yields and livelihoods.
- Meanwhile Lacy Vardeman, a Better Cotton Farmer from the United States, shared her experience of multi-generational farming in the large farm context, and learning and trialling locally relevant approaches.
- Inspiring stories of women taking climate action were shared in the session led by Njeri Kimotho of Solidaridad, who heard from women working in the Pakistani, Egyptian, and Turkish cotton sectors.
- As Better Cotton’s traceability work begins to take more shape, we learnt more about the direction this is taking, and about the challenges and opportunities that traceability brings – from people that are further in their traceability journey.
- Head of Sustainability at IKEA, Christina Niemelä Ström, spoke about their commitment to people and planet, and the progress they have made to source their raw materials in a more sustainable, climate positive way.