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Improving Cotton Farmers’ Knowledge and Skills in India: Q&A with Lupin Foundation

Published Friday, May 24th, 2019

Lupin Foundation has been a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) field-level partner – Implementing Partner – since 2017. In the 2017-18 cotton season, the foundation began training 12,000 cotton farmers on more sustainable farming practices in line with the Better Cotton Principles and Criteria. Within one year, Lupin Foundation has rapidly...read more




Reducing Fashion’s Environmental Footprint: Q&A with Levi Strauss & Co.

Published Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. is a founding member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), having joined the initiative in 2010. As BCI celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, we caught up with Michael Kobori, Vice President of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co., to discuss the fashion industry’s shifting attitude toward cotton production and...read more




Protecting and Enhancing Biodiversity in Cotton Farming

Published Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Earth Day 2019 encourages us all to ‘Protect Our Species’ and reduce our impact on the planet. From using pesticides derived from ingredients found in nature, to undertaking biodiversity mapping, BCI Farmers are taking multiple approaches to protecting and enhancing the natural environment, while producing cotton in a sustainable way. What...read more




Getting a New Sustainability Standard off the Ground: Q&A with BCI’s Founding CEO

Published Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

BCI’s Founding CEO, Lise Melvin, worked with a dedicated team for seven years to transform the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) from an idea into a reality. Having worked in sustainable development for many years, she saw the cotton sector as a new challenge and joined BCI in 2006, three years before it officially launched in 2009. To mark...read more




BCI Farmers Tackle Water Challenges in Cotton Production

Published Friday, March 22nd, 2019

To mark World Water Day 2019, we quizzed Gregory Jean, BCI’s Standards and Learning Manager, about how BCI is working with our on-the-ground partners and cotton farmers around the world to address critical water challenges in cotton production. What specific water challenges do cotton farmers face? Freshwater is a shared and limited...read more




WWF-Pakistan and BCI: A Decade of Driving More Sustainable Cotton Production

Published Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Cotton is an important cash crop in Pakistan and its production supports hundreds of thousands of farming families and their communities, but it is not without its challenges. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has worked with field-level partner, WWF-Pakistan, for a decade to help farmers produce cotton in a more sustainable way. Hammad Naqi...read more




BCI’s First 10 Years: Transforming Cotton Growing and Improving Farmers’ Lives from the Ground Up

Published Thursday, February 28th, 2019

This year BCI turns 10 years old. Over the course of the year, we will be publishing a series of articles, with input from key stakeholders who have been influential throughout BCI’s first decade – from partners, to civil society organisations, to retailers and brands. Although the series will predominately focus on the future, we will...read more




Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Cotton Production in India

Published Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

In India, the first harvest of Better Cotton took place during the 2010-11 cotton season. Global fabric and apparel manufacturer Arvind Ltd. partnered with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to lead the implementation of the Better Cotton Standard, laying the foundation for more sustainable cotton production in the country. Arvind’s journey...read more




Learning First-Hand from BCI Farmers in Pakistan: Q&A with BCI’s Communications Coordinator

Published Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

When BCI staff member Morgan Ferrar from the global communications team visited Pakistan, she saw how families’ lives are improving since cotton farmers have joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) programme, and how it can be the start of a very different future for communities.   What was the reason for your visit to Pakistan? Supporting...read more




Contributing to a More Sustainable Way of Doing Fashion: Q&A with Monki

Published Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

This year, Monki (a brand of BCI Member Hennes & Mauritz Group) achieved its goal to sustainably source 100% of its cotton. The retailer’s longer-term goal is to source only recycled or other more sustainable materials by 2030. We caught up with Irene Haglund, Sustainability Manager, to talk about their achievement and what is next for the...read more




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