Meet rising brand, retailer and consumer expectations for transparency regarding your cotton production practices. Growers who follow the standard stewarded by The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), grow cotton in a way that reduces stress on the environment and improves the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities. The BCI standard system is a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.
Cotton growers or grower groups can apply to BCI. All growers must complete the necessary steps with BCI directly prior to requesting a verification visit.
BCI has the specific aims of reducing the environmental impact of cotton production, improving the livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas, and increasing commitment to Better Cotton through the supply chain. For growers, the goals of Better Cotton are articulated through the 6 production principles that specify requirements for: