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.

28 March 2019: Introduction to BCI & Better Cotton, Milan

28 March 2019

Fondazione Industrie Cotone E Lino
Via Alberto Riva Villasanta 3
20145 Milano

Join BCI in Milan for an introduction to the largest cotton sustainability standard in the world. You will learn about BCI and how your business can be part of the movement driving change in the cotton sector.

In the morning, we will introduce you to the Better Cotton Standard System. You’ll hear about the progress BCI Farmers are making, while guest speakers will share their perspectives on the BCI business case. In the afternoon, we will explore how public-private partnerships can drive change and create momentum for extending more sustainable farming practices in new contexts; for example through the case of the Egyptian Better Cotton pilot project.

Find out more and register here.

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

Mark your calendars for BCI’s 2019 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference, which will take place in the textile sourcing hub of Shanghai, China.

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,
  • Online registration,
  • Discounted group accommodations,
  • Speakers,
  • Sponsorship packages,
  • and more.

BCI Members receive a 60% discount! REGISTER ON THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

If you want to know what to expect at the conference, take a look at our 2018 highlights in our new video. You can also find a detailed recap of the 2018 conference here.


The global conference provides access to an international audience, prominent stakeholders within the cotton industry and organisations with a commitment to sustainability. We have a variety of conference sponsorship packages still available. Contact for further information.

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.

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: