BCI Council Elections 2021: Deadline for Member Applications Extended

 
The deadline for BCI Members to apply for a position on the BCI Council has been extended to 21 January 2021.

Elected by BCI Members, the BCI Council ensures the organisation has a clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future.

The Council is equally represented by four BCI membership categories, reflecting the entire cotton supply chain: retailers and brands, suppliers and manufacturers, civil society and producer organisations. There are three seats per membership category, supplemented by up to three additional independent members.

In the upcoming 2021 elections, four seats are up for election, one in each of the following BCI membership categories:

  • Producer Organisations
  • Suppliers and Manufacturers
  • Retailers and Brands
  • Civil Society

Interested BCI Members are invited to submit applications to BCI by 21 January 2021.

BCI Members can find out more and access the application package here.

This is a great opportunity for BCI Members to represent their area of the cotton supply chain, share valuable industry insights, and contribute to BCI’s strategic direction in the coming years, while being part of an exemplary multi-stakeholder governance body.

The electronic elections will take place in February 2021 and the incoming Council will begin its mandate in late March 2021. Please send any questions relating to the elections to:[email protected].

How is the Council Formed?

The General Assembly, consisting of all BCI Members, is the ultimate authority of BCI and elects a Council to represent it. Council positions are open to all BCI Members (except Associate Members). Each membership category has three seats, two elected and one appointed, forming a total of 12 seats. Once elected, the Council has the option to appoint up to three additional independent Council Members. More information on the current composition and open positions can be found in the application package.

View the current BCI Council here.

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Applications Are Open for the Better Cotton 2020 Council Elections

Elected by BCI Members, the BCI Council ensures the organisation has clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future.

The Council is equally represented by four BCI membership categories, reflecting the entire cotton supply chain and beyond: retailers and brands, suppliers and manufacturers, civil society and producer organisations. There are three seats per membership caucus, supplemented by up to three additional independent members.

Every two years, during the BCI General Assembly, BCI Members have the opportunity to elect their new BCI Council representatives whose seats are up for election at the end of their three-year term. This year, the General Assembly will take place virtually on Tuesday 9 June (online registration will open soon).

Ahead of the General Assembly, BCI is accepting applications for the 2020 Council elections.

BCI Members can download the election application package here. The current Council composition and open seats can be found in the application package.

This is a great opportunity for BCI Members to represent their area of the cotton supply chain, share valuable industry insights, and contribute to BCI’s strategic direction in the coming years, while being part of an exemplary multi-stakeholder governance body.

View the current BCI Council here.

If you are interested in representing your organisation on the BCI Council and have any questions, please contact Eren Ozalay at [email protected].

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Welcoming Marc Lewkowitz as Better Cotton’s New Council Chair

 
We are delighted to announce that Marc Lewkowitzhasbeen elected as the new Chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Council.

Marc Lewkowitz is President and CEO of Supima, the promotional and marketing organisation for American Pima cotton growers. He began his career in 1990, when he entered into the cotton industry through a family-owned gin in Paraguay and has worked as a trader and manager for firms including ContiCotton, Merrill Lynch, Itochu Cotton and Anderson Clayton/Queensland Cotton. Lewkowitz has also served as a member of the BCI Council since June 2016 and as an advisor to the Board of Cotton Council International since February 2013.

I am honoured to have been elected to serve as Chair of the BCI Council. It is an exciting time as BCI celebrates its 10th anniversary this year along with some incredible milestones. We are also looking ahead to the next decade and developing BCI’s 2030 strategy. I look forward to working collaboratively with BCI Members and Partners to ensure BCI continues to drive sustainability in cotton production,” said Marc Lewkowitz, BCI Council Chair.

Marc succeeds Barry Clarke, an independent member and Chairperson since 2017. On stepping down from his position, Barry commented;

It has been a great privilege to serve on the BCI Council for the past six years and to see the successful outcome of the plans we laid together for the future of sustainable cotton. We have made an encouraging start but have so much more to do. All sustainability initiatives face complex challenges but BCI is set for success with collaborative members and outstanding leadership. It will thrive under its experienced executive team, strong Council and highly qualified new Chair.”

TheBCI Councilis elected by BCI Members and is responsible for ensuring the organisation has a clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil its mission ofmaking global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future. Council Memberscome from organisations representing four of BCI’s membership categories (retailers and brands, suppliers and manufacturers, civil society and producer organisations), supplemented by up to three additionalindependent members.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Barry for his contribution to BCI over the past few years and to welcome Marc Lewkowitz into his new role.

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H&M, Cotton Australia and Basil Commodities Join the BCI Council

 

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 BCI Council Election.

The Council Election was conducted 14-18 May via an online platform. There was one seat eligible for election in each of the membership categories listed below. Here is a list of the successful candidates. You can find the full resultshere.

Producer Organisations
Cotton Australia, Simon Corish

Suppliers and Manufacturers
Basil Commodities, Pathik Patel

Retailers and Brands
Hennes & Mauritz, Harsha Vardhan

About the BCI Council

The Council is an elected board whose role it is to ensure that BCI has a clear strategic direction and adequate policy to successfully fulfil its mission. Council Membersare organisations representing the different membership categories: civil society; producers; retailers and brands; and suppliers and manufacturers.

How is the Council Formed?
The General Assembly, consisting of all BCI Members, is the ultimate authority of BCI and elects a Council to represent it. Positions are open to all Members (except Associate Members). Each membership category has three seats, two elected and one appointed, for a total of 12. Once elected, the council has the option to appoint up to three additional independent Council Members. See all BCI Council Members here.

About the Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a global not-for-profit organisation, is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Last year, together with our partners we provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 1.6 million farmers from 23 countries. We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. Thanks to these efforts, Better Cotton accounts for around 12% of global cotton production. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. By 2020, our goal is to train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practises, and account for 30% of global cotton production.

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Better Cotton appoints Chief Operating Officer

BCI announces the appointment of Lena Staafgard, formerly Programme Director-Global Supply, as Chief Operating Officer reporting to Alan McClay, CEO. In her new role, Lena will oversee the global operational effectiveness of the organisation, including the supply programme.

Lena Staafgard joined BCI in 2010 as Business Director overseeing membership, fundraising, finance, HR and operations. In 2015, she transitioned to the role of Programme Director-Global Supply and was responsible for national government engagement and implementation of the Better Cotton Standard at field level in all countries of operation. Lena developed a new global fund, the BCI Growth & Innovation Fund, in partnership with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, which supports Better Cotton projects in eight countries around the globe. Prior to joining BCI, she worked for many years at Forum for the Future in London, advising the private sector on how to integrate sustainability into their business models and strategies.

“The fast expansion and ambitious plans of BCI have prompted us to strengthen the management structure of the organization with the creation of the new role of COO, overseeing global operations. We are delighted that Lena is stepping into this role, where she will be applying her skills and experience to strengthen organisational efficiency and accelerate the growth of BCI,’ commented Alan McClay, CEO of BCI, on the new appointment.

ABOUT BCI
BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. In 2015, BCI trained 1.5 million farmers who produced 2.7 million MT of Better Cotton lint, equalling 12% of global cotton production.

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Better Cotton’s Hong Kong general assembly features industry leaders

The BCI 2016 General Assembly on 14 – 15 June in Hong Kong is poised to convene and inspire BCI members from around the world with a distinguished line-up of speakers.

Ranging in topics from transformation in other sectors, to transformative trends in traceability, standards and agricultural research & technology, BCI is proud to welcome these industry leaders:

In addition to the BCI Council elections, this meeting serves as a key BCI event and opportunity to inspire and motive members in their efforts to achieve scalable commodity transformation. Complete meeting details are online: www.amiando.com/BCI2016GeneralAssembly.

Prior to the BCI 2016 General Assembly, BCI is hosting a Recruitment Meeting on 13 June in Hong Kong. This is open to the industry and a great platform for updates on the Better Cotton Standard System and global supply. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from members like Nike, Inc. and Dayao Textile Co., and network with the BCI Leadership Team. Limited seats are still available for this recruitment meeting, go to www.bettercotton.org/get-involved/events/ for more details.

 

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BCI Council Names Alan McClay as New CEO

We are pleased to announcethat ourCouncil has appointed Alan McClay to serve as the new CEO of BCI, with effect from September 28th. Alan replaces Patrick Laine who is retiring, but will continue to manage specific BCI projects during a transition period.

”We are absolutely delighted with this appointment,” commented Susi Proudman, Chair of the BCI Council (and Vice President of Global Apparel Materials at Nike, Inc.). ”Alan’s prior experience, including 25 years in senior leadership roles influencing sectoral behavior in the consumer goods industry, well-qualifies him for the challenges facing BCI. The lessons he has learned in building partnerships and delivering results at The Consumer Goods Forum and its predecessor entity will serve us well as we strive to recruit dozens of new brands and retailers to our initiative. Moreover,his recent consulting work with NGOs and companies engaging in the sustainability journey will ensure our message will resonate with our target audiences. Finally, Alan’s Cambridge, Sciences Po and London Business School educational background provides a framework of strategic thinking which will be of great utility as we grow and develop.”

”It is an honour to have been selected to lead the BCI during its next phase of growth”, said Alan McClay. ”BCI has a solid strategy in place, and a clear vision of where it wants to be in 2020. I look forward to working with the Council and leading the BCI team, in alliance with its many partners around the globe, to deliver that vision of achieving transformation in the cotton sector. BCI’s program of improved farming practices will not only contribute to the improved well-being of millions of farmers and a better environment, but also promote increased use of cotton by global brands, helping to ensure the long term viability of the sector.”

BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. To achieve this mission, BCI works with a diverse range of stakeholders across the cotton supply chain to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas.

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Better Cotton Elects New Chairperson

BCI has announced that Susi Proudman, Vice President of Global Apparel and Equipment Materials at Nike, has been elected Chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative Council. Proudman will replace Guido Verijke from IKEA whose term as Council Chairperson since 2012 has expired.

Janet Mensink of Solidaridad has been elected Vice Chair.

Nike’s Proudman commented, ”I am delighted and honoured to have been asked by the Council to serve as Chair of the BCI.The initiative has made tremendous progress over recent years in its quest to bring responsible and sustainable practices to the mainstream of cotton production.I look forward to working with fellow Council members and our partners to continue this successful expansion, and in particular, ensuring that systems and processes are in place that will attract many more brands and retailers to the program in support of millions of cotton farmers around the globe.”

The Council is a governance body, elected by BCI members, whose role it is to ensure that BCI has clear strategic direction and adequate policy to successfully fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future. The Council is made up of organisations representing the different membership categories – Retailer and Brands, Suppliers and Manufacturers, Civil Society and Producer Organisations having three seats each, supplemented by up to three additionalindependent members recognized for their expertise.

To read more about the BCI Council including a list of all Members, please click here.

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