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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...

Register Now for the 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability Conference: Early Bird Offer Expires 15 February

Announcements Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Are you planning on joining BCI and partners for the 4th annual Global Cotton Sustainability Conference? From 9–11 June 2020, representatives from the entire cotton sector and beyond will meet in Lisbon to shape a more sustainable future for cotton.

This year, the conference will dial in on...

BCI Welcomes More Than 210 New Members in Second Half of 2019

Announcements Friday, January 31st, 2020

In the second half of 2019, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) welcomed more than 210 new members across its membership categories. BCI works with members across the cotton supply chain and beyond to ensure there is continuous demand and supply of Better Cotton – cotton produced by licensed...

BCI Retailer and Brand Members Increase Better Cotton Sourcing by 40% in 2019

Announcements Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

In 2019, 150 of the world’s most recognised retailers and brands collectively sourced more than 1.5 million metric tonnes of cotton as ‘Better Cotton’ – that is enough cotton to make approximately 1.5 billion pairs of jeans. The retailers, who are all members of the Better Cotton...

BCI Farmers in India Improve Their Livelihoods

Announcements Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

“In my village, cotton farming is hard work and families often struggle to make a living, particularly now that the rains are increasingly unpredictable,” says BCI Farmer Balubhai Parmar. This is a situation echoed across rural Gujarat, a coastal state in India, where climate change and...

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