BCI Partners are key actors in the scale up of Better Cotton all over the world. Partners take on significant leadership for Better Cotton, typically in their specific geographical area. They can also be responsible for building the capacity of farmers to participate in the Better Cotton Standard System, 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.
‘Implementing Worldwide Partnerships’ was also embedded as an objective in the BCI 2013-2015 Expansion Strategy, and the BCI Partnerships Team continue to work 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.
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’ organizations, 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 Chinese government, and IAM in Mozambique
- Entities created ad hoc to grow, promote and sell Better Cotton, e.g. IPUD in Turkey
- Initiatives working to promote sustainability in the cotton sector, e.g. Cotton Made in Africa
- 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.
A list of our Partners for the 2017-18 season can be found 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.
Countries wanting to start growing Better Cotton
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.
If you have questions or enquiries our Supply Programme Team can be contacted via our contact form.
Links to learn more:
- Guidance on how to become a BCI Implementing Partner
- For prospective Funding Partners please see our dedicated page.