BCI Better Cotton Initiative
SCP conducted 3rd Party Verification Audit for BCI.
The aim of BCI is to promote measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.
BCI aims to promote measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.
The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.
Objectives of BCI?
The BCI has identified the following long-term objectives:
1. To demonstrate the inherent benefits of Better Cotton production, particularly the financial
profitability for farmers.
2.To reduce the impact of water and pesticide use on human and environmental health.
3.To improve soil health and biodiversity.
4. To promote Decent Work for farming communities and cotton farm workers.
5. To facilitate global knowledge exchange on more sustainable cotton production.
6. To increase the traceability along the cotton supply chain.
Importance of Cotton
Cotton is a globally important and widely grown crop. It is an industry that employs around 250 million people in the production stages alone. For millions of people, often in some of the world’s poorest countries, cotton is a vital link to the global economy.
Cotton is used by nearly every single person on the planet on a daily basis. But cotton is often produced in a way that puts unnecessary levels of stress on the environment, the local economies and the communities producing it. From improper use of pesticides, to low incomes and even child labour, there are many ways in which improvements need to be made. Better Cotton came to life out of the belief we can transform this vital sector.
BCI brings together farmers, ginners, traders, spinners, mills, cut & sew, manufacturers, retailers, brands and grassroots organisations in a unique global community committed to developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
By helping farmers to grow cotton in a way that reduces stress on the local environment and improves the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities, BCI aims to create long-term change. It is a global approach that provides a solution for the mainstream cotton industry, including both smallholders and large scale farmers. All farmers can benefit from implementing Better Cotton and the development of a new and more sustainable mainstream commodity, Better Cotton.
Better Cotton is a product,
Better Cotton is a philosophy, achieving sustainability through continuous improvement,
And Better Cotton is a movement of like-minded organisations.