Key Facts

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Last year, we and our partners provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 2.3 million farmers around the globe. We are truly a joint effort, encompassing organisations all the way from farms to fashion and textile brands, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability.

KEY FARM-LEVEL FIGURES FROM THE 2018-19 COTTON SEASON

  • Through 76 field-level Implementing Partners, BCI trained 2.3 million cotton farmers on more sustainable agricultural practices. Of these farmers, 2.1 million received a license to grow and sell their cotton as Better Cotton. These farmers came from 23 countries on five continents.
  • BCI Farmers produced 5.6 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint. This is enough cotton to make approximately 8 billion pairs
    of jeans.
  • BCI Farmers produced Better Cotton on 5.6 million hectares, which is more than the land mass of Belgium.

MEMBERSHIP AND SOURCING FIGURES FROM 2019

  • At the end of 2019, BCI had 1,842 members, a 29% increase on 2018. Suppliers and Manufacturers: 1,585 | Retailers and Brands: 168 | Civil Society: 42 | Producer Organisations: 30 | Associates: 17.
  • In 2019, 150 BCI Retailer and Brand Members collectively sourced more than 1.5 million metric tonnes of cotton as Better Cotton. This accounts for 6% of global cotton production and is a more than 40% increase on 2018.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE

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