New Blog Series from BCI CEO: Covid-19 and the Cotton Sector

Published Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Over the coming months, Alan McClay, Better Cotton Initiative CEO, will be sharing thoughts and insights through a blog series about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cotton farming communities and the sector as a whole. Now, more than ever, the cotton and textile sector must come together to support one another and share the burden more

Earth Day 2020: Helping BCI Farmers to Adopt Sustainable Practices in the Face of Climate Change

Published Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Today is Earth Day 2020, and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight how BCI and our on-the-ground partners are supporting more than 2.5 million cotton farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, existing challenges are intensified, leaving farmers and farm workers more at risk and more

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 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, 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 more

Global Cotton Sustainability Conference | Meet the Speaker: Reuben Turner

Published Thursday, February 13th, 2020

As of 20 March 2020, the Global Cotton Sustainability Conference in Lisbon moved from 9-11 June 2020, to be hosted on 2-4 March 2021. The decision to postpone was in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its global impact on health and travel. &nbsp In just a few months’ time, the 4th annual Global Cotton Sustainability Conference will 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 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, 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 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. more

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