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Sustainable Cotton Reaches 22% of Global Production as 2.3 Million Farmers Receive Training on Improved Agricultural Practices

Announcements Monday, June 29th, 2020

Today, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) launched its 2019 Annual Report. In the report, BCI shares that Better Cotton – cotton produced by licensed BCI Farmers in line with the initiative’s Better Cotton Principles and Criteria – now accounts for 22% of global cotton production*.


The Better Cotton Initiative Launches in Egypt

Announcements Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Approximately 2,000 Smallholder Cotton Farmers Will Receive Training and Support on How to Grow Egyptian Cotton More Sustainably While Also Improving Their Livelihoods

After many years’ engagement and preparation, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), together with the United Nations Industrial...

BCI Creates New Chain of Custody Advisory Group: Apply Now

Announcements Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

As BCI develops its 2030 strategy and targets for the next decade, in addition to deepening BCI’s impact at field level, the focus remains on scaling the sustainable production and sourcing of Better Cotton – the cotton grown by licensed BCI Farmers in line with the Better Cotton...

Sustainable Farming Solutions Shortlisted for Global Better Cotton Innovation Challenge

Announcements Friday, April 17th, 2020

In November 2019, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), with the support of Dalberg Advisors, launched the Better Cotton Innovation Challenge – a global project seeking innovative ideas and solutions to improve sustainable cotton farming practices...

BCI General Assembly to Take Place Virtually on 9 June 2020

Announcements Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The BCI General Assembly is the biennial gathering of BCI Members across all BCI membership categories, to elect the BCI Council (the governing body of the organisation) and receive key updates from the BCI Leadership Team.

While the 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference in Lisbon has...

BCI Sets Up Expert Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work

Announcements Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

The Better Cotton Standard System is a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental and economic, and addresses the many challenges of cotton production. One of the seven Better Cotton Principles and Criteria directly...

Global Cotton Sustainability Conference Moves to March 2021

Announcements Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

The 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference has been postponed until 2 – 4 March* 2021.

The decision to postpone this year’s conference was not taken lightly, but the BCI Leadership Team agreed that postponement is the most responsible approach given the current situation regarding...

Highlights: 2020 BCI Implementing Partner Meeting & Symposium

Announcements Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

In January 2020, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) convened more than 45 of its field-level partner organisations – Implementing Partners – from 12 countries, for the fourth edition of the BCI Implementing Partner Meeting & Symposium. The annual meeting provides BCI’s Implementing...

BCI Publishes Key Assurance Programme Revisions for the 2020-21 Cotton Season

Announcements Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

In 2018, BCI launched a project to revise the Better Cotton Assurance Programme – a key component of the Better Cotton Standard System that involves regular farm assessments to ensure that the Better Cotton Principles and Criteria are adhered to. The Assurance Programme is based on a series...

2020 Sustainable Cotton Ranking Launched

Announcements Monday, February 17th, 2020

For the fourth time, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Solidaridad and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK have published the Sustainable Cotton Ranking. The ranking analysed the 77 largest cotton users among international apparel brands and retailers, reviewing their policies, actual uptake of...

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