Driving the Textile and Apparel Industry Towards Circularity: Q&A With The Renewal Workshop

Published Friday, March 5th, 2021

Nicole Bassett is the co-founder of The Renewal Workshop, a business that is leading the apparel and textile industry towards circular business models, restoring value and reducing waste. We spoke with Nicole about the demand for circular approaches, barriers to change, and the potential impacts of new business models on cotton production. more

Exploring Traceability – What We Are Doing to Make Better Cotton Traceable

Published Friday, December 18th, 2020

Amy Jackson, BCI Director of Membership & Supply Chain The Better Cotton Initiative was founded with a clear vision of making sustainable practices in cotton production the norm around the world. To make such a big impact, scaling our programme quickly was key. With that in mind, we created a Chain of Custody (CoC) framework that more

Sustainability at Scale: Exploring the Benefits of a Landscape Approach

Published Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Earlier this year, BCI was awarded a two-year grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund* in order to explore how BCI’s current systems and the Better Cotton Standard could be adapted to a landscape or jurisdictional approach. As part of BCI’s ATLA (Adaptation to Landscape Approach) project, BCI signed a two-year agreement with The more

Cotton Farming and Covid-19: On the Ground in Turkey

Published Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Coronavirus Update BCI works with Strategic Partner İyi Pamuk Uygulamaları Derneği (IPUD), three Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) and more than 3,000 BCI Farmers* in Turkey. Implementing Partner training has transitioned to an online platform so that field staff who deliver more

Covid-19 and the Cotton Sector: Covid-19 Through a Gender Lens

Published Thursday, August 27th, 2020

By Alan McClay, BCI CEO Any world crisis with social, economic and political global repercussions hits the most vulnerable groups hardest, including women and girls. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown this reality into stark relief, heightening existing inequalities, financial insecurity and even violence against women. Reports of more

Cotton Farming and Covid-19: On the Ground in Pakistan

Published Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Coronavirus Update BCI works with six Implementing Partners and more than 360,000 BCI Farmers in Pakistan. BCI Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) are supporting BCI Farmers through the pandemic by reaching out and raising awareness of Covid-19 amongst farming communities, more

Cotton Farming and Covid-19: On the Ground in Mali

Published Friday, July 31st, 2020

Coronavirus Update BCI works with two Implementing Partners (on-the-ground partners in charge of delivering the BCI Programme) and 54,326 licensed BCI Farmers in Mali. To help farmers overcome Covid-19 challenges, BCI’s Implementing Partners are working closely with them to help increase their yields, reduce costs and improve fibre quality, more

175,000 Smallholder BCI Farmers in India Receive Covid-19 Insurance

Published Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

In India, through its partners, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) trained 828,820 cotton farmers on more sustainable agricultural practices in the 2018-19 cotton season. It is these farmers — many of whom are smallholders living from one harvest to the next — along with farm workers and their communities, whose livelihoods depend on more

Better Cotton: Did You Know?

Published Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Did you know that Brazil produced the largest volumes of Better Cotton in the 2018-19 cotton season and that India had the greatest number of licensed BCI Farmers? In our new Better Cotton Country Snapshots, we focus in on each country where Better Cotton is grown and explore the successes, challenges and key changes that occurred in more

Celebrating and Sharing Field-Level Innovations

Published Friday, June 26th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative works with on-the-ground Implementing Partners everywhere Better Cotton is grown. In the 2018-19 cotton season, our partners delivered training and capacity building to 2.3 million cotton farmers around the world. As partners have a deep understanding of local farming, environmental and social contexts, they more

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