BCI Suspends Licensing in Western China

Last updated: 4 August 2020

BCI has suspended its assurance activities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China effective starting the current cotton season (2020-21) based on the recognition that the operating environment prevents credible assurance and licensing from being executed.

BCI assurance activities for the last season finished in September 2019. There will be no new licensed Better Cotton effective starting the current cotton season (2020-21).

Support for Farmers
Cotton is grown in areas of the world with formidable challenges, both social and environmental. BCI’s mission calls upon us to manage complex, socio-political and economic conditions in order to deliver support and interventions where they will have the most impact. Therefore, we will continue to engage with all stakeholders and relevant experts to adapt and respond to the challenging context in the XUAR in a way that prioritises the safety and wellbeing of farming communities and reflects BCI’s values. At the same time, we support state-to-state engagement and the work of policy makers and experts to identify solutions so that communities in the region can maintain access to information and support on more sustainable agricultural practices.