Principles and Criteria

The Better Cotton Principles and Criteria lay out the global definition of Better Cotton, by upholding the following seven principles:

  • BCI Farmers minimise the harmful impact of crop protection practices
  • BCI Farmers promote water stewardship
  • BCI Farmers care for the health of the soil
  • BCI Farmers enhance biodiversity and use land responsibly
  • BCI Farmers care for and preserve fibre quality
  • BCI Farmers promote decent work
  • BCI Farmers operate an effective management system

By adhering to these principles, BCI Farmers produce cotton in a in a way that is measurably better for the environment and farming communities.

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Key Principles and Criteria Documents

Translated Better Cotton Principles and Criteria Documents

Additional Principles and Criteria Documents

Revision of the Principles and Criteria