Events and Participation

Discover the events that BCI is hosting or attending, both in-person and online. Check back regularly for all event updates.

Information about BCI Field Trips can be found here. The Supplier Training Programme for BCI Members is outlined here.

15 May 2019: BCI Outreach Meeting, Brazil

Date: 15 May 2019,

Time: 08:30 – 12:00

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Join us for an introduction to the Better Cotton Initiative – the largest cotton sustainability standard in the world. Find out how becoming a member of BCI and sourcing Better Cotton could form part of your sustainability strategy. You will also hear from our partners including ABRAPA and Vicunha, as they discuss the reasons for their collaboration with organisations like BCI.

*This meeting will be conducted in English, with some materials supplemented in Portuguese.

Price: Complimentary attendance. Thank you to Vicunha for helping coordinate this event.

Find out more and register here.


10 June 2019: BCI Supplier Training Programme, Shanghai

Date: 10 June 2019

Time: 13:30 – 16:00 CST

Location: Shanghai, China

Join us for the BCI Supplier Training Programme, which will be hosted in Shanghai on Monday, 10 June from 13:30pm CST to 16:00pm CST. The training will be delivered in Mandarin.

This is a complimentary training session for suppliers who need to know more about the Better Cotton Platform and Chain of Custody. This technical BCI training will take place before the 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference.

Please share this invitation with your Mandarin-speaking suppliers and encourage them to register as soon as possible. For any questions, please email

Find out more and register here.

11 – 13 June 2019: 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference, Shanghai

The 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference will bring the entire sector together on 12 – 13 June, to shape a more sustainable future for cotton. Join industry leaders and experts for an interactive opportunity to explore topics at field level, in the supply chain and in consumer-facing business. Prior to the public conference, on 11 June, the Better Cotton Initiative will host its Annual Member Meeting to share organisational updates, report on Better Cotton supply and facilitate a new peer-engagement platform.

Visit the conference website for complete event details, including:

  • Agenda,
  • Speakers,
  • Attendee list,
  • App details,
  • and more.

BCI Members receive a 60% discount! Register here.

Download the conference app here.

If you want to know what to expect at the conference, take a look at our 2018 highlights in our new video.

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

20 – 26 June 2019: ITMA 2019, Barcelona

BCI is an official Supporting Organisation for ITMA 2019, the world’s largest international textile and garment technology exhibition. The exhibition will take place from 20 – 26 June 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Through this partnership, BCI will host a seminar titled: ‘Scaling More Sustainable Cotton: an Introduction to BCI’ on 25 June 2019.

This event is an opportunity for retailers and brands, suppliers and manufacturers, civil society and other stakeholders to learn more about BCI, the largest cotton sustainability standard in the world. Join us to learn about how BCI is implementing sustainable farming practices across the world and to hear first-hand from member companies about how BCI has benefitted them.

For a detailed agenda and registration details, please visit

BCI Members have access to discounted registration for ITMA 2019 as part of the seminar. If you are interested in attending please email us at

More information about ITMA 2019 is online.

TBC, Autumn 2019: BCI US Field Trip and US Meeting

Date: TBC, Autumn 2019

Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

On Wednesday, you are invited to join BCI for a visit to a cotton farm and gin. During the tour you will have the opportunity to learn about local cotton production and the implementation of the Better Cotton Standard System in the US.

On Thursday morning, BCI will host its annual 2019 US Meeting, which will provide you with updates about BCI’s progress in the US and around the world. You will have the opportunity to network with BCI Members from across the cotton supply chain. Non-members are also welcome to attend.

Price: $55 USD per person for the BCI Field Trip and complimentary attendance to the US Meeting. Thank you to Staplcotn for helping coordinate this 2019 Field Trip.

Register here.

Past Events

BCI 2018 Global Cotton Conference

The 2018 Global Cotton Conference was BCI’s largest event to date, with more than 340 attendees from 35 countries. BCI is grateful for the enthusiastic participation and support of all attendees, speakers, panelists, leaders of breakout sessions, exhibitors and sponsors.

Access a summary and further details here.

2018 Regional Members’ Meetings

The BCI Regional Members’ Meetings are the perfect opportunity for networking with fellow BCI Members across the cotton supply chain. Members include ginners; cotton traders; spinners; fabric and garment mills; and retailers and brands.

2018 Retailer and Brand Member Workshops

  • Karachi, Pakistan: Tuesday 9 October 2018

BCI 2017 Global Cotton Conference


Thank you to the 294 attendees from 37 countries who joined us in Berlin for the first BCI Global Cotton Conference. This conference successfully brought the entire sector together to shape a more sustainable future for the cotton industry. Review the agenda for a snapshot of the content.

2017 Retailer and Brand Member Workshops

Our goal at BCI is to support our Retailer and Brand Members to reach 1,000,000 MT of Better Cotton uptake in 2017. One mechanism to support this uptake is our facilitating peer-to-peer workshops, where active BCI Brand Members learn from each other and discuss how to unlock barriers for sourcing Better Cotton.

2017 workshops:

2017 Regional Member Meetings

The BCI Regional Member Meetings are the perfect opportunity for networking with fellow BCI Members across the cotton supply chain. Members include ginners; cotton traders; spinners; fabric and garment mills; and retailers and brands.

2017 meetings: