We are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 BCI Council Election.

The Council Election was conducted 14-18 May via an online platform. There was one seat eligible for election in each of the membership categories listed below. Here is a list of the successful candidates. You can find the full resultshere.

Producer Organisations
Cotton Australia, Simon Corish

Suppliers and Manufacturers
Basil Commodities, Pathik Patel

Retailers and Brands
Hennes & Mauritz, Harsha Vardhan

About the BCI Council

The Council is an elected board whose role it is to ensure that BCI has a clear strategic direction and adequate policy to successfully fulfil its mission. Council Membersare organisations representing the different membership categories: civil society; producers; retailers and brands; and suppliers and manufacturers.

How is the Council Formed?
The General Assembly, consisting of all BCI Members, is the ultimate authority of BCI and elects a Council to represent it. Positions are open to all Members (except Associate Members). Each membership category has three seats, two elected and one appointed, for a total of 12. Once elected, the council has the option to appoint up to three additional independent Council Members. See all BCI Council Members here.

About the Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a global not-for-profit organisation, is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Last year, together with our partners we provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 1.6 million farmers from 23 countries. We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. Thanks to these efforts, Better Cotton accounts for around 12% of global cotton production. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. By 2020, our goal is to train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practises, and account for 30% of global cotton production.

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