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A Diverse Approach Is Key to Assessing BCI’s Field-Level Results and Impact

Published Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) works with on-the-ground partners to train millions of cotton farmers around the world, supporting them to implement more sustainable farming practices which protect and restore the environment, while also improving their livelihoods. To ensure our programmes are making a difference, we are committed to...read more




International Women’s Day 2020: Celebrating Gender Equality in Cotton Farming Communities Across the World

Published Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Women in cotton farming communities can face significant discrimination and challenges, partly as a result of pre-existing social attitudes and beliefs about gender roles. Despite the crucial role they play in the labour force, rural women in smallholder farming communities often work as unpaid family labour or low-paid day labourers, and...read more




BCI Partners Recognised for Innovative Biodiversity Management

Published Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Reaching millions of cotton farmers and supporting them to implement more sustainable farming practices which protect and restore the environment, while also improving their livelihoods, requires partnership, collaboration and local knowledge. BCI works with on-the-ground partners in more than 20 countries to provide training and support to...read more




2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference | Meet the Speaker: Reuben Turner

Published Thursday, February 13th, 2020

In just a few months’ time, the 4th annual Global Cotton Sustainability Conference will take place in Lisbon. Farmers, brands, manufacturers, suppliers, NGOs, civil society organisations, agricultural experts and researchers will meet to collaborate on a more sustainable future for cotton. Ahead of the conference, we caught up with the...read more




BCI in 2020: Message from CEO Alan McClay

Published Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Last year, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) celebrated its 10-year anniversary – reaching this milestone gave us good reason to both celebrate and to look forward. In just over a decade, BCI has grown into the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. The journey to this point has brought successes, challenges and great learning...read more




BCI Retailer and Brand Members Increase Sustainable Sourcing Efforts

Published Thursday, December 12th, 2019

In 2019, BCI Retailer and Brand Members are on track to source more than 1.3 million metric tonnes of cotton as ‘Better Cotton’ – a record for BCI. BCI’s demand-driven funding model means that increased sourcing of Better Cotton by BCI Retailer and Brand Members directly translates into increased investment in farmer training, support...read more




BCI Launches New Type of Sustainability Claim for Retailer and Brand Members

Published Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

BCI is pleased to announce a new type of sustainability claim for eligible BCI Retailer and Brand Members. The revised Better Cotton Claims Framework, launched today (19 November), includes new impact claims that demonstrate a member’s contribution to BCI’s global outcomes. The Better Cotton Claims Framework is one of six components of the...read more




Partnering to Scale Sustainable Cotton Farming Practices: Q&A with C&A Foundation

Published Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

The challenges with producing and sourcing raw materials, including cotton, are complex and they cannot be addressed by single actors. Partnerships are crucial in order to create transformation and develop systems which are inclusive, fair and sustainable. C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation created to transform the fashion industry. Anita...read more




Key Study Highlights Early Impacts of BCI on Smallholder Cotton Farmers in India

Published Thursday, September 19th, 2019

BCI Farmers in southern India are adopting Better Cotton Principles at high rates, according to a key study that enables the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to improve our impact potential throughout the region and beyond. You can access BCI’s Management Response on the Results and Impacts page. The three-year independent impact study, ‘read more




WWF-India Improves Access to Technology for Tens of Thousands of Cotton Farmers

Published Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Cotton is a major cash crop in the Jalna district of Maharastra, India, but cotton farmers there can experience numerous challenges. Frequent drought and extended dry spells, along with complex geological conditions make accessing water difficult. These issues coupled with recent pink bollworm (an insect known for being a pest in cotton...read more




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