Events and Webinars

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.

Member-Only Webinars | Featured Topics with Monthly Updates

BCI hosts a series of member-only webinars throughout the year, for all BCI Members. In addition to the topic highlight, each of these webinars will provide key organisational updates on global production and uptake numbers, updates on the Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work, as well as brief updates on Western China.

Upcoming Webinars: Register now in Member-Only Webpage.

  • 27 October, 28 October & 4 November 2020 | BCI India Webinar Series: Market Dynamics 2020
  • 11 & 12 November 2020 | Upgrading BCI’s Monitoring & Evaluation System

Past Webinars: Watch recordings and access slides from the Member-Only Webpage.

  • October 2020 | BCI’s Revised Chain of Custody Guidelines
  • October 2020 | Measuring Cotton Consumption for BCI Retailers & Brands
  • October 2020 | Making Effective and Credible Sustainability Claims
  • October 2020 | Measuring and Reporting GHG Emissions with BCI’s Retailer & Brand Members
  • September 2020 | Cotton Outlook: Emerging Business Trends for 2021/22
  • September 2020 | Cotton Outlook: Yarn & Fabric Import / Export
  • September 2020 |  BCI Retailer & Brand Discussion Forum: Western China
  • September 2020 | Cotton Outlook: Cotton Market Today
  • August 2020 | BCI Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work
  • August 2020 | A Deeper Look at the BCI Assurance Model
  • July 2020 | Supporting BCI Farmers Through Covid-19
  • June 2020 | BCI General Assembly
  • May 2020 | BCI Member Discussion Forum: Western China Recap

BCI Members can register for webinars and access recordings of past webinars by logging in to the member-only area of the website. You will need your member login credentials to access the registration information. If you need help logging in, please email your BCI contact or email: membership@bettercotton.org

Public Webinars | BCI Introduction for Retailers & Brands

This series of public webinars will provide an introduction to BCI, details around the Better Cotton Standard System, sourcing, communications, and membership information for retailers and brands.

Audience: For any retailers and brands who want to know more about BCI and membership options. Staff within existing BCI member organisations are welcome to join for a refresh or introduction. Other organisations are also welcome to join, if interested.

Please sign up to a webinar date of your choice. All webinars are delivered in English.

  • Thursday 5 November 2020 | 2-3 pm GMT | Click here to register.
  • Thursday 3 December 2020 | 2-3 pm GMT | Click here to register.
  • Thursday 7 January 2021 | 2-3 pm GMT | Click here to register.

In case of an insufficient number of registered participants, BCI reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule a webinar.

Public Webinars | BCI Introduction for Suppliers and BCP Suppliers

This series of public webinars aim to provide you an introduction to BCI, Better Cotton, BCI Membership offer and Better Cotton Platform supplier registration while simultaneously addressing your related queries.

Audience: Spinners, Cotton traders, fabric mills, garment manufacturers and other supply chain intermediaries who are interested in becoming BCI Members or BCP Suppliers.

Please sign up to a webinar date of your choice. All webinars are delivered in English.

  • Wednesday 28 October 2020 | 11:30 am to 12:30 pm GMT | Click here to register.
  • Wednesday 18 November 2020 | 11:30 am to 12:30 pm GMT | Click here to register.

In case of an insufficient number of registered participants, BCI reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule a webinar.

 

Special Series Announcement

27 October, 28 October & 4 November 2020 | BCI India Webinar Series: Market Dynamics 2020

BCI India invites BCI Members and non-member BCP Suppliers from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to join a three-part series where they, along with industry experts, will present cotton outlook, regional trends, Better Cotton updates and insights into the varying impacts of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from the region. Find details on each episode and register below:

 

Episode 1| Market Dynamics: Spinners & Cotton Traders

27 October 2020, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM IST  

Audience: BCI Supplier & Manufacturer Members

This BCI Supplier & Manufacturer Member-Only webinar will present the latest information available in the textile sector, with an assessment of the cotton outlook and latest trends in the yarn and fabric import/export space. Presentations will provide an overview of the cotton market and explore market data on forecasted growth and raw materials.

Special focus will also be made on how members can promote their companies as a BCI Member to capture buyer’s needs and the development of new communication tools.

What you will learn during this webinar:

  • Better Cotton Uptake
  • Outlook on cotton supply and demand
  • Latest trends in yarn and fabric import/export
  • Marketing tools available for BCI Members

Click Here to Register

 

Episode 2 | Market Dynamics: Fabric Manufacturers, End-Product Manufacturer, Non-Lint Traders & Sourcing Agents

28 October 2020, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM IST

Audience: Non-Member BCP Suppliers

This  non-member BCP Supplier webinar will analyse the impact of Covid-19 on the apparel and textile supply chain, the uncertainty of the future and the strategy suppliers and manufacturers should adopt. This session will provide the information available in textile sector with an assessment of the latest trends in the yarn and fabric import/export space.

Participants will also learn how to become a more progressive suppliers and manufacturer and new ways to do business, strengthen links with customers and open up new market potential as a BCI Member.

What you will learn during this webinar:

  • Better Cotton Uptake
  • Latest trends in yarn and fabric import/export
  • Market intelligence focused on demand in post Covid-19 scenario
  • Marketing tools available for non-member BCP Suppliers

Click Here to Register

 

Episode 3 | Market Dynamics: Industry’s Response to Covid-19

4 November 2020, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM IST 

Audience: BCI Members and Non-Member BCP Suppliers

The COVID-19 crisis is taking its toll on virtually all sectors of the economy, but it is fundamentally transforming textiles and apparel. Specifically, global supply chain disruptions have focused attention on reshoring textile production. The pandemic has also accelerated other trends, which had been underway before the crisis, such as an increased emphasis on environmental sustainability, traceability, the end of “fast fashion” and personalization. This webinar will feature a keynote presentation and a panel discussion looking at these issues and more.

Discussions during the webinar will look at the current and emerging trends in textiles and apparels, how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the industry and accelerated some of these trends, and what opportunities are there for businesses.

What you will learn during this webinar:

  • Better Cotton Uptake
  • The current state of textile and apparel industry in the region
  • How the COVID-19 crisis is transforming the industry

Click Here To Register

 

All webinars are delivered in English.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Vinay Kumar, Membership Co-ordinator, via vinay.kumar@bettercotton.org.

Public Webinars | BCI Supplier Training Programme

BCI’s Supplier Training Programme (STP) is designed to help suppliers understand BCI’s mission, learn about the Better Cotton Chain of Custody Guidelines which is based on mass-balance administration, and familiarise themselves with the Better Cotton Platform. A more technical focus on the business of Better Cotton.

Audience: BCI invites suppliers sourcing Better Cotton and who are new to BCI or those who are simply interested to learn about BCI to these webinars. Therefore, spinning mills, fabric mills, and end-product manufacturers are ideal candidates for this webinar.

Please register to join a webinar at a date convenient to you and your interested colleagues.

29 October 2020 | 11:00-13:00 IST | English | Click Here to Register

29 October 2020 | 14:00-16:00 IST | Hindi | Click Here to Register

9 November 2020 | 10:00-12:00 GMT-3 | Portuguese | Click Here to Register

17 November 2020 | 14:00-16:00 CST | Mandarin | Click Here to Register

18 November 2020 | 10:00-12:00 GMT+3 | Turkish | Click Here to Register

26 November 2020 | 16:00-18:00 CET | English | Click Here to Register

15 December 2020 | 14:00-16:00 CST | Mandarin | Click Here to Register

16 December 2020 | 10:00-12:00 GMT+3 | Turkish | Click Here to Register

In case of an insufficient number of registered participants, BCI reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule a webinar.

2-4 March 2021 | Global Cotton Sustainability Conference, Portugal

The Leading Cotton Sustainability Conference

Join BCI and partners for the 4th Global Cotton Sustainability Conference, where the entire sector comes together in shaping a more sustainable future for cotton.

Connect with industry leaders and experts for an interactive opportunity to explore the entire value chain, including topics around climate action, innovation today and social sustainability.

Join us on 2-4 March 2021 in Lisbon, where together, we will discover solutions for more sustainable cotton sector.

*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. 

2021 Sponsors

Find out what you can expect at the conference in our 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference highlights video.

Past Global Conferences

2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference

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. Throughout the conference, attendees joined industry experts to take part in hands-on, interactive sessions covering timely field-level, supply-chain and consumer-facing topics. Here are some conference highlights.

 

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 joining the event. BCI is grateful for the enthusiastic participation and support of all attendees, speakers, panelists, leaders of breakout sessions, exhibitors and sponsors. You can find the event highlights here. If you want to know what to expect at a future global conference, check out this short video.

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 share during the conference.

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