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

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 more

BCI Outlines Step-Change on Impact Measurement

Published Monday, September 2nd, 2019

*This article was originally published in the July 2019 print issue of Apparel Insider magazine. In the last issue of Apparel Insider, the cover story focused on the need for better data to compare cotton production methods. Here, Kendra Pasztor, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at BCI outlines what BCI is doing on more

Ten Years of Transformation: BCI Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Published Friday, August 9th, 2019

This year the Better Cotton Initiative celebrates its 10th anniversary! To mark this special year, we invite you to explore BCI’s first decade through an interactive timeline which celebrates the milestones that enabled BCI to evolve into the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Today, BCI is supported by more than 1,600 read more

Highlights from the 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference

Published Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Over 300 representatives from across the cotton supply chain – from farmers to retailers and brands – met in Shanghai on 12 and 13 June for the 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference. The conference, hosted by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), brought the sector together to collaborate on a more sustainable future for cotton. more

Accelerating and Scaling Sustainability in Cotton Production: Q&A with IDH

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) is an international development organisation accelerating and scaling sustainability across a number of commodities – from cotton and cocoa to palm oil and paper. IDH has been instrumental in the Better Cotton Initiative’s (BCI) growth, providing the initial funding that enabled the scale-up more

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