Simon Corish Elected Chairman of Cotton Australia

BCI Council Member, Simon Corish, has been elected Chairman of Cotton Australia.

Simon Corish, a cotton grower from Goondiwindi, was elected Chairman of Cotton Australia following the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Narrabri, Australia on 5 August. Corish was formerly Deputy Chairman of the organisation. Since 2014, Corish has represented cotton producers on the Better Cotton Initiative’s Council where he has played an important role in promoting responsibly grown cotton to world markets.

”We are delighted that Simon Corish has been elected Chairman of Cotton Australia,” said BCI Programme and Partnership Manager, Corin Wood-Jones.

”In working with Simon and the rest of the board, we look forward to a continued and productive partnership between BCI and Cotton Australia.”

Cotton Australia is an industry trade group representing Australian cotton farmers and corporations. Since 2014, BCI and Cotton Australia have worked together in an official partnership enabling myBMP cotton – the Australian cotton industry’s standard for growing cotton in an environmentally and ethically responsible way – to be sold as Better Cotton. Working with BCI bridges the gap for Australian cotton producers allowing them to respond to demand from retailers and brands worldwidefor more sustainably grown cotton.

Corish replaces Lyndon Mulligan as Chairman. Hamish McIntyre was elected the Deputy Chairman, and Board members Barb Grey and Jeremy Callachor were both re-elected.

”On behalf of the Cotton Australia Board I would like to thank Lyndon Mulligan for his tireless dedication and enormous contribution to Cotton Australia and the industry,” Mr. Corish said.

”Lyndon’s strong leadership has helped secure the future of Cotton Australia and the growers it represents, and the members of the Board and I look forward to continuing the strategy he has set in motion.”

To read more about BCI’s partnership withCotton Australia, visit our website.


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Australian Cotton Industry Signs Historic Agreement with Better Cotton

Cotton Australia, the leading representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, has signed a landmark partnership agreement with BCI allowing cotton produced under the Australian myBMP certification to be sold into the global market as Better Cotton. The agreement marks a historic point in the global supply of Better Cotton. BCI CEO, Patrick Laine, commented this week: ”Australian producers have made remarkable progress, far beyond legal compliance, in growing cotton for the benefit of people and planet. BCI is delighted to recognise myBMP as providing a credible, verified framework for documenting this continuous improvement. myBMP farmers are leading by example.”

Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says the agreement would be welcomed by Australian cotton growers and the wider industry: ”Access to future growth markets is of tremendous importance to Australian cotton growers, particularly as they contend with competition from synthetic fibres. Within the global natural fibre market, demand for responsibly grown cotton is growing, and this agreement allows Australian cotton growers to participate more easily in that expanding market.”

BCI members will benefit from being able to procure Australian-grown Better Cotton from myBMP certified farmers, and Australian cotton growers will be able to use a single system to produce cotton under both the myBMP and Better Cotton banners. We are looking forward to continuing to work together, recognising the substantial efforts of the Australian cotton industry to generate environmental, economic and social benefits.

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