Australian Cotton is Part of Something Better
Cotton Australia is an active member of the Better Cotton Initiative, with around 20% of Australia's cotton crop qualifying as Better Cotton.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a not-for profit organisation stewarding global standards for Better Cotton, bringing together cotton’s complex supply chain from farmers to retailers. According to BCI it “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. 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.”
BCI was established in 2005 by a group of global retailers and civil society groups concerned about sourcing sustainable, ethical cotton for their products. Once trained, Better Cotton farmers have a ready market for their cotton because BCI member retailers demand it in their supply chains.
Cotton Australia is an implementing partner and member of BCI, and supplies Better Cotton into the textile supply chain from Australian farms that are fully certified in the industry's myBMP program. Brands and retailers interested in sourcing Better Cotton must first join the program.
How BCI Works
BCI is a global, multi-stakeholder organisation that operates at many levels in many countries. In simple terms BCI:
- Collaborates with "implementing partners", organisations (like Cotton Australia) to facilitate cotton farmers to use the Better Cotton Standard, train farmers in the standard directly and issue licences to those farmers who meet the standard's minimum criteria
- Partners with brands and retailers to encourage demand for Better Cotton
- Channels funds from membership and public-private partnerships into farm-level training and verification
- Facilitates Better Cotton into the supply chain using a mass balance model and the Better Cotton Tracer System for traceability and data collection
Better Cotton Targets
- In the 2018-2019 cotton season, 2.1 million licenced BCI Farmers across 23 countries produced 5.6 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint.
- This accounted for 22% of global cotton production and is enough cotton to make approximately 8 billion pairs of jeans, a pair each for every person in the world.
- BCI's 2020 objective is to have 5 million farmers in the program, with 30% global market share.
Better Cotton from Australia
Cotton Australia has been a member of BCI since 2014 and Australia's cotton growers have been part of the program since the 2015 cotton season. During that time, the number of Better Cotton farmers in Australia has continued to grow, with now around 20% of cotton produced in Australia representing Better Cotton.
To find out more or to become a member please visit www.bettercotton.org