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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...

BCI Update: The Better Cotton Programme in Xinjiang, China

Announcements Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Please note that the most up-to-date information regarding BCI and Western China can be found on the BCI China webpage. 

Position Statement

Discrimination and forced labour, of all forms, are unacceptable within Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) programmes. BCI is aware of and concerned by the...

BCI Partners from Around the World Meet to Drive Sustainability in Cotton Farming

Announcements Monday, January 13th, 2020

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) works with 69 field-level partners – Implementing Partners – to provide training, support and capacity building to cotton farmers around the world. From 13 to 15 January 2020, BCI Implementing Partners from more than 10 countries will gather in Siem Reap,...

Sustainable Cotton and Coffee Standards Seek to Align Impact Measurement and Reporting

Announcements Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

There are many sustainability standards and public-sector initiatives that promote and drive sustainability within commodity sectors. However, there is no alignment on how data is collected and reported, which makes it difficult to have a clear view on the collective ability of these...

New Global Challenge Launched to Find Innovative Solutions to Sustainable Cotton Farming Challenges

Announcements Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Join the webinar on Wednesday 18 December to find out more. Register here.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), with the support of Dalberg Advisors, have launched the ‘Better Cotton Innovation Challenge’ – a global project seeking...

BCI Launches a Revised Version of a Key Component of the Standard – Communications Framework & Guidelines

Announcements Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Today, the Better Cotton Initiative is releasing a newly revised version of the Better Cotton Claims Framework. The updated Framework includes key changes that allow members to communicate about their sustainability efforts in a clear and compelling way, while at the same time, ensuring that...

BCI Farmers Achieve a Reduction in Water and Pesticide Use while Increasing Yields and Profits

Announcements Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

BCI Farmers Demonstrate the Benefits of Implementing more Sustainable Farming Practices

In the 2017-18 cotton season*, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and its on-the-ground partners provided training on more sustainable farming practices to more than two million cotton farmers in 21...

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