Better Cotton Leaderboard 2017

In 2017 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*, with 736,000 metric tonnes of Better Cotton sourced by retailers and brands (a 60% increase on 2016) and 1.2 million metric tonnes sourced by spinners. Additionally, in 2017 a total of 37 Retailer and Brand Members communicated 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 2017 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 exceed the volumes physically procured by spinners and traders.

 

Top 15 Retailer and Brand Members by Sourcing Volumes

In 2017, 71 out of 85 BCI Retailer and Brand Members sourced a record breaking 736,000 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 2017.

The following retailers and brands are the top 15 (in descending order) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
2 Ikea Supply AG 2010
3 adidas AG 2010
4 Gap Inc. 2016
5 Nike, Inc. 2010
6 Levi Strauss & Co. 2010
7 C&A AG 2015
8 DECATHLON SA 2012
9 VF Corporation 2012
10 Bestseller 2011
11 PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger ) 2017 (2013)*
12 Marks and Spencer PLC 2010
13 Tesco Clothing 2010
14 PUMA SE 2016
15 Varner Retail AS 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 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 2017.

Members are listed here in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1  adidas AG* 2010
2 DECATHLON SA 2012
3 Hemtex AB 2010
4 Ikea Supply AG 2010
5 Stadium AB 2011

All of the organisations listed above have also announced public targets to source more sustainable materials by a set date.

*adidas AG – who have been steadily working to meet a 100% Better Cotton sourcing target by 2018 – sourced more than 90% of their cotton as Better Cotton in 2017.

Fastest Movers by Increased Sourcing Volumes

In 2017 these retailers and brands increased the volume of cotton they sourced as Better Cotton by at least 20 percentage points compared to 2016. For example a member moving from sourcing 10% of their cotton as Better Cotton in 2016 to sourcing 60% in 2017 would be an increase of 50 percentage points.

Members are listed here in descending order – a few retailers and brands are equal in their positioning.

Retailer and Brand Member Joined BCI
1 KID Interior AS 2016
2 KappAhl Sverige AB 2010
3 DECATHLON SA 2012
4 HEMA B.V. 2014
4 IdKIds Sas 2016
6 Gina Tricot AB 2011
7 ASOS 2014
8 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
9 adidas AG 2010
10 Just Brands B.V. 2016
11 G-Star RAW C.V. 2015
12 MQ Holding AB 2011
13 Varner Retail AS 2016
14 Gap Inc. 2016
15* Three members do not wish to appear in the list.

All Retailer and Brand Members Sourcing Cotton as Better Cotton

As noted above, in 2017, 71 out of 85 BCI Retailer and Brand Members sourced a record breaking 736,000 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 2017. 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 American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. 2015
5 ANN Inc. 2015
6 Arcadia Group Ltd. 2014
7 Aritzia LP 2017
8 ASOS 2014
9 Baby Björn AB 2014
10 Beaumanoir Groupe (Bonobo) 2016
11 Beddinghouse BV 2016
12 Bestseller 2011
13 Björn Borg Clothing AB 2017
14 Burberry Ltd 2015
15 C&A AG 2015
16 Cotton On Group 2016
17 DECATHLON SA 2012
18 DK Company A/S 2017
19 Ellos AB 2015
20 Esprit Europe Services GmbH 2016
21 Essity (formerly SCA Hygiene AB) 2017
22 Fat Face Ltd. 2016
23 Gap Inc. 2016
24 Gina Tricot AB 2011
25 G-Star RAW C.V. 2015
26 HEMA B.V. 2014
27 Hemtex AB 2010
28 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2010
29 IdKIds Sas 2016
30 Ikea Supply AG 2010
31 Inditex 2011
32 John Lewis 2013
33 Just Brands B.V. 2016
34 KappAhl Sverige AB 2010
35 Kathmandu (together Kathmandu Ltd., Kathmandu Pty Limited, Kathmandu (U.K.) Limited) 2015
36 KID Interiør AS 2016
37 La Redoute 2016
38 Levi Strauss & Co. 2010
39 Lindex AB 2010
40 Lojas Renner S. A. 2017
41 Marimekko Corporation 2013
42 Marks and Spencer PLC 2010
43 Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) 2017
44 MQ Holding AB 2011
45 New Look Retailers Ltd. 2016
46 Next Retail Ltd 2015
47 Nike, Inc. 2010
48 No Ordinary Designer Label ltd (Ted Baker) 2016
49 Orsay GmbH 2017
50 OVS Spa 2016
51 Peak Performance (formerly IC Group) 2014
52 Princess-Gruppen AS 2017
53 PUMA SE 2016
54 PVH Corp. 2017
55 Rituals Cosmetics Enterprise BV 2017
56 Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd. 2010
57 Stadium AB 2011
58 Target Corporation 2017
59 Tesco Clothing 2010
60 Tom Tailor GmbH 2016
61 Tonrose Ltd* 2016
62 Varner Retail AS 2016
63 VF Corporation 2012
64 Waitrose Ltd. 2014
65 WE Europe BV 2015
66 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 2015
67 Woolworths Holdings Limited 2014
68* Four members do not wish to appear in the list.

*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. The following members have also announced publicly that 100% of their cotton will be sourced more sustainably by a set date.

Members are listed in alphabetical order.

Retailer and Brand Member Target Date
1 adidas AG 2018
2 ASOS 2025
3 BONOBO 2022
4 Burberry Ltd. 2022
5 C&A AG 2020
6 Cotton On Group 2021
7 DECATHLON SA 2020
8 Ellos AB 2020
9 Essity 2020
10 Fatface Ltd. 2020
11 G-Star Raw C.V. 2020
12 Gap Inc. 2021
13 Gina Tricot AB 2028
14 Hennes & Mauritz AB 2020
15 HEMA B.V. 2020
16 Hemtex AB 2020
17 KappAhl Sverige AB 2020
18 Kathmandu (together Kathmandu Ltd., Kathmandu Pty Limited, Kathmandu (U.K.) Limited) 2020
19 KID interiør AS 2020
20 Kmart Australia Ltd. 2020
21 La Redoute 2025
22 Levi Strauss & CO. 2020
23 Lindex AB 2020
24 Lojas Renner S.A. 2021
25 Marks and Spencer PLC 2019
26 Nike, Inc. 2020
27 OVS Spa 2020
28 Rusta AB 2021
29 Sainburys Supermarkets Ltd. 2020
30 Scotch & Soda 2025
31 Target Corporation 2022
32 Tesco Clothing 2025
33 PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger) 2020
34 VF Corporation 2025
35 Waitrose Ltd. 2020
36 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 2021
37 Woolworths Holdings Limited 2020

Top 20 Cotton Merchants by Sourcing Volumes

The top 20 cotton merchants (by volume of Better Cotton sourced) are listed here in alphabetical order.

Cotton Merchants Joined BCI
1 Basil Group 2012
2 Cargill 2012
3 Changzhou Keteng Textile Co. Ltd. 2014
4 Cotton Distributors Incorporated 2014
5 Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd. 2010
6 Israel Cotton Production & Marketing Board (ICB) 2015
7 Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC 2015
8 Jiangsu Sinocot International Trade Co., Ltd 2015
9 Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse SA. 2012
10 Namoi Cotton Alliance 2015
11 Olam International Ltd. 2011
12 Omnicotton, Inc. 2014
13 Otto Stadtlander GmbH 2015
14 Paul Reinhart AG 2012
15 R S Cottmark India Pvt. Ltd. 2015
16 Spectrum International Pvt. Ltd. 2013
17 Staple Cotton Cooperative Association 2016
18* Three members within the top 20 do not wish to appear in the list.

All organisations are BCI Members.

Top 50 Mills by Sourcing Volumes

The top 50 mills (by volume of Better Cotton sourced) are listed here in alphabetical order.

Mill Joined BCI
1 Akesu Youngor Textile Co.,Ltd. 2015
2 Alkaram Textiles 2013
3 Anhui Huamao Textile Co.,Ltd 2014
4 Artistic Fabric and Garment Industries (Pvt.) Ltd. 2011
5 Artistic Milliners 2011
6 Arvind Limited 2010
7 Bros Eastern 2011
8 DBL Group 2013
9 Dong Guan Texwinca Textile& Garment  Ltd 2016
10 Far Eastern Industries (WuXi) LTD 2012
11 Fazal Group 2013
12 Garg Acrylics Limited 2012
13 Gul Ahmed Textile Mills 2011
14 Hantex 2011
15 Hebei Hongrun New Type Material Co.Ltd 2016
16 Henan Pingmian Textile Group 2013
17 Henan  Xinye Textile Co.,Ltd. 2015
18 Huafu Fashion Co.,Ltd 2011
19 Indus Dyeing & Mfg. Co. Ltd. 2012
20 Interloop Ltd 2013
21 Kamal Yarn Ltd. 2015
22 Kipas Holding Yarns 2011
23 Loyal Textile Mills LTD. 2013
24 Mahmood Group 2011
25 Mustaqim Dyeing and Printing Industries Pvt. Ltd. 2010
26 Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd 2010
27 Naveena Exports 2010
28 Nishat Mills Ltd./Nishat Linen Pvt Ltd. 2011
29 NITIN SPINNERS LTD. 2014
30 Noman Group 2013
31 Prilla 2000 (Pty) Ltd. 2015
32 PT Indo-Rama Synthetics TBK. 2015
33 Ramatex Private Limited 2012
34 Raymond UCO Denim Private Limited 2013
35 RIAZ TEXTILE MILLS (PVT.) LTD. 2015
36 Sapphire Fibers Limited 2013
37 Sintex Industries Limited(Yarn Division) 2016
38 Sportking India Limited 2012
39 Square Textiles Limited 2013
40 Texhong Textile Group Ltd 2013
41 Vardhman Textiles ltd. 2011
42 Weiqiao Textile Company Limited 2014
43 Welspun India Limited 2014
44 XinJiang Litai Silk Road Investment Co., Ltd 2016
45 Yuyue Home Textile Co., Ltd 2013
46* Five members within the top 50 do not wish to appear in the list.

All organisations are BCI Members.

Top 10 Mills by Country

Here are the top 10 mills in Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey (by volumes of Better Cotton sourced).

Bangladesh

Mills in Bangladesh Joined BCI
1 Badsha Textiles Ltd. 2015
2 DBL Group 2013
3 ENVOY TEXTILES LIMITED 2016
4 Kamal Yarn Ltd. 2015
5 Matam Fibre Mills Ltd. 2016
6 Noman Group 2013
7 Pahartali Textile & Hosiery Mills 2014
8 Square Textiles Limited 2013
9 Thermax Group 2014
10 Viyellatex Group 2012

China

Mills in China Joined BCI
1 Texhong Textile Group Ltd 2013
2 Bros Eastern 2011
3 Huafu Fashion Co.,Ltd 2011
4 Weiqiao Textile Company Limited 2014
5 XinJiang Litai Silk Road Investment Co., Ltd 2016
6 Akesu Youngor Textile Co.,Ltd. 2015
7 Yuyue Home Textile Co., Ltd 2013
8 Hebei Hongrun New Type Material Co.Ltd 2016
9 Henan  Xinye Textile Co.,Ltd. 2015
10* One member does not wish to appear in the list.

India

Mills in India Joined BCI
1 Arvind Limited 2010
2 Garg Acrylics Limited 2012
3 Loyal Textile Mills LTD. 2013
4 Nahar Spinning Mills Ltd 2010
5 NITIN SPINNERS LTD. 2014
6 Sintex Industries Limited(Yarn Division) 2016
7 Sportking India Limited 2012
8 Vardhman Textiles ltd. 2011
9 WELSPUN INDIA LIMITED 2014
10* One member does not wish to appear in the list.

Pakistan

Mills in Pakistan Joined BCI
1 Alkaram Textiles 2013
2 Artistic Fabric and Garment Industries (Pvt.) Ltd. 2011
3 Artistic Milliners 2011
4 Fazal Group 2013
5 Gul Ahmed Textile Mills 2011
6 Indus Dyeing & Mfg. Co. Ltd. 2012
7 Interloop Ltd 2013
8 Naveena Exports 2010
9 Nishat Mills Ltd./Nishat Linen Pvt Ltd. 2011
10 RIAZ TEXTILE MILLS (PVT.) LTD. 2015

Turkey

Mills in Turkey Joined BCI
1 Arık Bey Tekstıl 2012
2 BOSSA 2011
3 Çalık Denim Tekstil San ve Tic A.Ş 2013
4 Erdem Tekstil 2013
5 Kipas Mensucat Isletmeleri A.S. 2011
6 Karteks Tekstil San. Ve Tic. A.S. 2017
7 Marteks Maras Tekstil Sanayi A.S. 2017
8 Menderes Tekstil 2012
9 Nazar Tekstil San. Tic. A.S 2015
10 Orta Anadolu Tic.ve San. Isletmesi T.A.S 2011

All organisations are BCI Members.

 

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