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Brazil maintains Better Cotton top spot Michelle Russell | 1 Nov 16

Brazil's cotton industry is looking to invest in advanced technology that offers both social and environmental benefits to growing the crop, as the country maintained its position as the largest source of Better Cotton globally last year. 


Global brands back training for Pakistan cotton farmers Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 16

Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. 


Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance Guest author | 1 Sep 16

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability strategies and confirm you're armed with comprehensive product information across your supply network, says Thomas Ng, managing director, supply chain solutions, Amber Road.


Gap joins Better Cotton Initiative Beth Wright | 28 Jul 16

 US specialty fashion giant Gap Inc has signed up  to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of its commitment to help improve cotton farming practices globally.


Apparel firms making progress on preferred fibres Beth Wright | 22 Jul 16

The organic cotton market is continuing its upward trajectory, while leading apparel brands and retailers are carefully balancing their use of a range of preferred fibres and materials in order to achieve the best sustainability results, according to two new reports.


Better Cotton builds momentum as membership grows 50% Michelle Russell | 2 Jun 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says it is achieving scale in an exceptionally short time, after growing its membership by 50% last year and generating a 34.35% rise in income.


Better Cotton strengthens top team with new COO Michelle Russell | 19 May 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has promoted Lena Staafgard to the newly-created role of chief operating officer to oversee the global operational effectiveness of the organisation, including its supply programme.


Israeli farmers join Better Cotton Initiative Katie Smith | 12 Apr 16

Israeli cotton farmers have signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in a move that will see them benefit from agronomic knowledge and experience in areas such as water management as well as develop a country specific Better Cotton Standard. 


Fair Trade apparel programme reaching new heights Michelle Russell | 8 Mar 16

A fire that broke out at a factory in Bangladesh last month, and the impending third year anniversary of Rana Plaza, serves as a reminder that major safety concerns still exist for workers in the global apparel industry. But the proliferation of organisations working to offer tangible solutions proves that work is in progress, one of those being Fair Trade USA, whose apparel programme grew 358% in 2014. 


Adidas beats Better Cotton sourcing target Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 16

German sporting giant Adidas sourced 43% of its cotton as Better Cotton in 2015, beating its original target for the year and marking a new company record.


Better Cotton reaches 700 member target Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) reached its target of 700 members in 2015, with the recruitment rate continuing at an average of 20 new companies each month. 


Investment fund to support Better Cotton projects Michelle Russell | 29 Jan 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has partnered with a number of global apparel brands, including Levi Strauss and Adidas, to launch a global investment vehicle to support Better Cotton projects around the world. 


BCI adds garment makers to cotton traceability tool Michelle Russell | 28 Jan 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has added garment manufacturers to its traceability system in the final step of its efforts to drive increased visibility in sourcing cotton.

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