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 1.6 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 2016-17 SEASON

  • Through partners, BCI trained 1.6 million cotton farmers on more sustainable agricultural practices. Of these farmers, 1.3 million received a license to produce cotton as Better Cotton. These farmers came from 21 countries on five continents.
  • BCI Farmers produced 3.3 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint. This is enough cotton to make 2.5 billion pairs
    of jeans.
  • BCI Farmers produced Better Cotton on 3.3 million hectares, which is more than the land mass of Belgium.

MEMBERSHIP AND SOURCING FIGURES FROM 2016-17 SEASON

  • At the end of 2017, BCI had 1,197 members (85 retailers and brands, 1,039 suppliers and manufacturers, 32 producer organisations, 31 civil society members, and 12 associate members).
  • Retailer and brand members sourced 736,000 metric tonnes of cotton as Better Cotton.
  • Spinner members sourced 1,240,000 metric tonnes of cotton as Better Cotton.
  • BCI worked with 59 strategic and implementing partners who come from the private and public sectors, and civil society.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE

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