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BCI Council Elections 2021: Deadline for Member Applications Extended

Announcements Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The deadline for BCI Members to apply for a position on the BCI Council has been extended to 21 January 2021.

Elected by BCI Members, the BCI Council ensures the organisation has a clear strategic direction and policy to fulfil its mission of making global cotton production better for the...

BBC News Report on Xinjiang: BCI Statement

Announcements Friday, December 18th, 2020

On 14 December 2020, the BBC published a story across its media channels that focuses on the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and allegations of forced labour in the cotton sector, including at farm-level. A BCI spokesperson participated in an interview on 9 December, on-record and...

The Better Cotton Initiative Launches in Greece

Announcements Friday, December 18th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is delighted to announce that the Greek AGRO-2 Integrated Management Standards have been successfully benchmarked as equivalent to the Better Cotton Standard System.

The recognition will promote more sustainable Greek cotton farming. Greece is the largest...

Sustainable Agriculture Experts and BCI Partners to Convene for Virtual Event

Announcements, Events Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Each year, BCI hosts an event for its field-level Implementing Partners who provide training on more sustainable practices to millions of cotton farmers worldwide.

The annual Implementing Partner Meeting enables BCI’s partners to come together to share best practices in sustainable farming,...

BCI Interviewed for BBC News Report on the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)

Announcements Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

BCI welcomes any reporting that helps us identify how we can better achieve our aim of improving cotton production worldwide, and we make all reasonable attempts to provide media with information and comment when requested.  A BBC News report on allegations of forced labour in the cotton...

Learn More About BCI & Brazil in Our New Q&A

Announcements Monday, December 14th, 2020

As one of the world’s largest producers, and consumers, of cotton fibre, Brazil is a key country for BCI to continue to improve the uptake and flow of Better Cotton across the supply chain. We have published this series of questions and answers below to provide clarity on a variety of aspects...

Winners of Global Sustainable Farming Challenge Revealed

Announcements Thursday, November 26th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative are delighted to announce that Agritask Ltd., an Israel-based agricultural-tech start-up, has won the Better Cotton Innovation Challenge.

CropIn Technology Solutions, an India-based agricultural-tech company, was...

BCI Farmers Achieve Tangible Results Through More Sustainable Farming Practices

Announcements Friday, November 20th, 2020

In the 2018-19 cotton season*, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and our on-the-ground partners provided training on more sustainable farming practices to more than 2.3 million cotton farmers in 23 countries.

With BCI training, support and capacity building, BCI Farmers are better...

BCI Launches New Cotton Sustainability Digital Series for 2021

Announcements, Events Thursday, November 12th, 2020

We are delighted to launch a new Cotton Sustainability Digital Series for 2021! Sessions and speakers originally curated for the in-person 2021 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference will now be coming to you live online, at more accessible rates and times across the entire year.

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Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work Finalises Key Findings and Recommendations

Announcements Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Cotton is grown in areas of the world with formidable challenges, both environmental and social. BCI’s mission dictates that we operate in many of these regions, and therefore, we must manage complex, socio-political and economic conditions in order to deliver support and interventions where...

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