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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 of...read more




Reaching and Training 930,000 Cotton Farmers Across Africa: Q&A with Aid by Trade Foundation

Published Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Image credit: Martin J. Kielmann for Aid by Trade Foundation | CmiA farmers, 2019. In the 2017-18 cotton season, more than 930,000 farmers across Africa produced approximately 560,000 metric tonnes of cotton certified in accordance with Aid by Trade Foundation’s (AbTF) Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) standard – accounting for roughly 37%...read more




Utilising Technology to Overcome Cotton Growing Challenges: Q&A with Cotton Australia

Published Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Cotton growers producing cotton in line with the Australian cotton industry’s myBMP programme have been able to sell their cotton as Better Cotton since 2014, when BCI recognised myBMP as an equivalent sustainability standard. By 2018, Better Cotton represented 22% of Australia’s cotton lint. Here, Brooke Summers, Supply Chain Consultant...read more




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




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