Reaching millions of cotton farmers and supporting them to implement more sustainable farming practices which protect and restore the environment, while also improving their livelihoods, requires partnership, collaboration and local knowledge. BCI works with on-the-ground partners in 23 countries to provide training, capacity building and support to cotton farmers and farming communities.
BCI Partners are key actors in the scale up of the BCI Programme and the production of Better Cotton all over the world. Partners take on significant leadership of the implementation of the BCI Programme, typically in their specific geographical area. They can also be responsible for building the capacity of farmers, through field-level training and outreach, and for collecting the data at field level which evidences the impact which Better Cotton is having on the environment and the lives of the farmers and farm workers.
The BCI Implementation Team works to ensure that these relationships contribute in the best possible way towards expanding the worldwide production of Better Cotton, thus securing its place as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
A list of our Strategic and Implementing Partners can be found here.
What is a partnership?
Our working definition of a Partnership is ‘a collaborative relationship between two or more entities who work towards shared objectives through a mutually agreed division of labour.’
The BCI Partnership Framework
A detailed BCI Partnership Framework helps to optimise the process of scaling-up, by developing existing and new partnerships. To define this framework we analysed BCI’s existing relationships to foster a common understanding of what partnerships are, which forms they can take, and how they contribute to positive outcomes for Better Cotton. To ensure a ‘level playing field’ for all our partners, and to safeguard the credibility of Better Cotton worldwide, a set of tools and management practices have also been introduced to work with all partners which include clear objectives and goals and defined roles and responsibilities.
Who do we partner with?
- National or regional cotton producers’ organisations, e.g. ABRAPA in Brazil, Cotton Australia in Australia, APROCA in Mali.
- Governments and governmental bodies related to cotton production, marketing, processing and trading, e.g. The Cotton Institute of Mozambique (IAM), the government body that oversees the cotton sector.
- Entities created ad hoc to grow, promote and sell Better Cotton, e.g. İyi Pamuk Uygulamaları Derneği – IPUD (the Good Cotton Practices Association) in Turkey.
- Initiatives working to promote sustainability in the cotton sector, e.g. Cotton Made in Africa, managed by Aid by Trade Foundation.
- Different Implementing Partners all over the world, who work with farmers at field level to ensure that they are producing cotton according to the Better Cotton Standard.
Links to learn more:
- Guidance on how to become a BCI Implementing Partner
- For prospective Funding Partners please see our dedicated page.
Learn more about our partners' work
Countries wanting to Implement the Better Cotton Standard
We continue to receive requests from countries wanting to start growing Better Cotton. The BCI New Country Start-Up Process provides the approach and methodology that an entity should follow, if wishing to initiate a Better Cotton Programme in a new country. This process is detailed in the BCI New Country Start-Up Policy 2016, which can be reviewed in full here.
We are excited to continue building the right partnerships for Better Cotton, and strategically evolve existing partnerships. The work we do with all our partners will be crucial for BCI to strengthen its position within the sector and to be increasingly recognised as a reliable actor to transform the way in which cotton is produced worldwide.
If you are interested in becoming a BCI Implementing Partner or Strategic Partner, and stewarding the Better Cotton Standard at field level, please complete this form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or enquiries our Implementation Programme Team can be contacted via our contact form.