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BCI aims for Better Cotton traceability system by 2022 Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) sustainability programme is moving forward with plans to launch a new Chain of Custody (CoC) solution that will offer full traceability of its cotton by 2022.


The Better Cotton Initiative launches in Greece Beth Wright | 21 Dec 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has announced that the Greek AGRO-2 Integrated Management Standards have been successfully benchmarked as equivalent to the Better Cotton Standard System.


Agritask named cotton innovation winner Beth Wright | 30 Nov 20

Israel-based agricultural-tech start-up Agritask Ltd has been named the winner of a global project seeking creative ideas and solutions to improve sustainable cotton farming practices worldwide.


BCI trained 2.3m cotton farmers last season Michelle Russell | 27 Nov 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says more than 2.3m cotton farmers received training on more sustainable farming practices in the 2018-19 cotton season, with participants achieving a reduction in water and pesticide use while increasing yields and profits.


Better Cotton accused of "blindness" to forced labour Beth Wright | 29 Oct 20

An expert task force set up to review the Better Cotton Initiative's Better Cotton Standard System (BCSS) has found that decent work receives less attention than environmental issues such as water and soil health – and that there is "organisational blindness" to forced labour.


Better Cotton Initiative halts Xinjiang operations Beth Wright | 22 Oct 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is to halt all field-level activities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China, where ongoing allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses "have contributed to an increasingly untenable operating environment."


Cotton innovation finalists pilot sustainable farming solutions Beth Wright | 29 Sep 20

A platform to manage the entire cotton verification process and a system that provides actual and forecasted measures of soil, climatic and agronomic conditions at local and regional level are among the five candidates selected as part of a global project seeking creative ideas and solutions to improve sustainable cotton farming practices worldwide.


MoU furthers aligned impact reporting for cotton Beth Wright | 28 Sep 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says it has reached a significant milestone in its work to achieve aligned measurement and reporting of core sustainability issues relevant to the cotton sector. 


Diesel joins the Better Cotton Initiative Beth Wright | 7 Aug 20

Clothing brand Diesel has joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of its commitment to source at least 50% of its cotton more responsibly by 2025.


Better Cotton Initiative revises Chain of Custody Guidelines Beth Wright | 30 Jul 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has launched a revised version of its Better Cotton Chain of Custody (CoC) Guidelines.


40% jump in brands sourcing Better Cotton in 2019 Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jun 20

Retailers and brands affiliated with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) sourced 1.5m metric tonnes of Better Cotton by the end of 2019, a 40% jump on the previous year.


The Better Cotton Initiative launches in Egypt Beth Wright | 11 Jun 20

About 2,000 smallholder cotton farmers in Egypt will receive training and support on how to grow Egyptian Cotton more sustainably after the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has launched a programme in the country.


Cotton, textile sectors call for collaborative action amid Covid-19 Beth Wright | 15 May 20

Five associations representing the cotton and textile industry have joined hands on a call for fair and equitable trade practices across global supply chains amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.


BCI establishes task force on forced labour and decent work Beth Wright | 1 Apr 20

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has established an expert task force to review selected elements of its Better Cotton Standard System in relation to forced labour and decent work. 


Members source 1.5m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2019 Michelle Russell | 3 Feb 20

In 2019, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) experienced a historic level of uptake as 150 retailer and brand members sourced more than 1.5m metric tonnes of the fibre, an achievement the organisation says sends a "clear signal" to the market.


Cotton innovation challenge seeks sustainable ideas Michelle Russell | 3 Dec 19

A new initiative has been launched to find innovative ideas and solutions to improve global sustainable cotton farming practices around the world.


BCI releases revised cotton claims framework Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 19

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is releasing a newly-revised version of its Claims Framework, including changes that allow members to better communicate about their sustainability efforts, while ensuring the information is accurate and credible.


BCI trained over two million cotton farmers last season Beth Wright | 28 Oct 19

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says more than two million cotton farmers in 21 countries received training on more sustainable farming practices in the 2017-18 cotton season, with participants achieving a reduction in water and pesticide use while increasing yields and profits.


Which merchants and mills source most Better Cotton? Beth Wright | 20 Sep 19

A new ranking released by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed the top 20 cotton merchants and top 50 mills based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018.


Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton Beth Wright | 17 Jul 19

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this season seen its entire clothing range made from 100% sustainable cotton – one of the first retailers to reach this milestone. Key to its achievement is the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest sustainable cotton programme in the world, according to Phil Townsend, technical lead, environmental sustainability and technical services at M&S. He also believes the transformation of the cotton sector should be a blueprint for other raw material initiatives.


Better Cotton Initiative joins fight to tackle climate change Beth Wright | 5 Jul 19

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Fashion for Global Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard Beth Wright | 18 Jun 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. 


Gap announces 100% sustainable cotton goal Beth Wright | 7 Jun 19

US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc has announced it is working with supply chain partners to source all cotton for its brands from sustainable sources by 2025.


Benetton eyeing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025 Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jun 19

Italian fashion company Benetton Group says it is aiming for all its cotton products to be sustainable by 2025.


H&M to phase out conventional cashmere Beth Wright | 20 Mar 19

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has announced plans to phase out conventional cashmere as part of its 2030 goal to only use sustainably sourced materials.


Members source 1m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2018 Beth Wright | 8 Mar 19

In 2018, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) experienced a historic level of uptake as 93 retailer and brand members sourced more than 1m metric tonnes of the fibre, an achievement the organisation says sends a "clear signal" to the market.


New pilot will safeguard Egyptian Cotton supply chain workers Hannah Abdulla | 15 Feb 19

Cotton Egypt Association has announced a collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation — The Egyptian Cotton Project — which it says will boost sustainability efforts and improve conditions for supply chain workers of the Egyptian Cotton brand.


BCI to release updated Claims Framework Beth Wright | 15 Feb 19

As the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) enters its tenth year, CEO Alan McClay has outlined a series of actions the organisation will take in 2019, including the launch of an updated Better Cotton Claims Framework.


UK retailers make progress on reducing environmental impact Beth Wright | 18 Dec 18

The UK-based Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) says that changes introduced by retailers and brands who have signed up to its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP 2020) have helped improve footprint of the clothing they sell.


Timberland continues to accelerate sustainability efforts Beth Wright | 3 Dec 18

Timberland has once again increased the use of organic, US-origin and Better Cotton in its products and continues to progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals.

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