Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work

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, therefore, we must manage complex, socio-political and economic conditions in order to deliver support and interventions where they will have the most impact.

In order to adapt and respond to Decent Work* challenges in particular, BCI is actively engaged in dialogue on Decent Work and forced labour issues with our stakeholders, including civil society organisations, retailers and brands, and expert organisations. These efforts were initiated originally in line with BCI’s aspiration to explore the possibility of developing a BCI Programme in Uzbekistan. Over the last year, the focus has broadened to also include increasing concerns about forced labour in cotton production wherever such challenges may arise.

Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work

Building on this, BCI is working to strengthen the Core Indicators of Better Cotton Principle Six: Decent Work, with an initial focus on Indicator 6.3.1 Forced Labour. To this end, BCI has set up an expert Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work to review selected elements of the Better Cotton Standard System. Based on this review, the Task Force will produce recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the system in identifying, preventing, mitigating and remediating forced labour risks. You can find further information about the Task Force below.

Task Force Members

The Task Force on Forced Labour and Decent Work brings together representatives from civil society, retailers and brands, and consultancies with a strong expertise in human rights and forced labour issues in supply chains, particularly in the textile sector. The Task Force also draws on the expertise of a project adviser with a background tackling the risks of child and forced labour in cotton harvest at the International Labour Organization, as well as its wider membership.

Civil Society 

  • Patricia Jurewicz, Founder and Vice President | Responsible Sourcing Network
  • Shelly Han, Chief of Staff & Director or Engagement | Fair Labour Association
  • Allison Gill, Cotton Campaign Coordinator | International Labor Rights Forum
  • Isabelle Rogers, Global Cotton Programme Manager | Solidaridad
  • Chloe Cranston, Business and Human Rights Manager | Anti-Slavery International
  • Komala Ramachandra, Senior Researcher | Human Rights Watch

Consultancies / Research Organisations 

  • Rosey Hurst, Founder and Director | Impactt
  • Aarti Kapoor, Managing Director | Embode
  • Brett Dodge, Senior Consultant | Ergon

Retailers and Brands

  • Fiona Sadler, Head of Ethical Trade (will temporarily represent M&S) | Lydia Hopton, Ethical Trade Manager | M&S Clothing and Home
  • Aditi Wanchoo, Senior Manager – Development Partnerships Social & Environmental Affairs | adidas
  • Jason Tucker, Director of Labor Performance, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing | Nike

Project Advisors

  • Stephen McClelland, Independent Senior Consultant

Find out more about the Task Force members here.

Read the Task Force Terms of Reference here. Please note that this a summary of the full Terms of Reference – the full document is available upon request. Please contact assurance@bettercotton.org.

*Decent Work is defined as work which offers fair pay, security and equal opportunities for learning and progression, in an environment where people feel safe, respected, and able to express their concerns or negotiate better conditions.