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BCI aims for Better Cotton traceability system by 2022

22 December 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more


The Better Cotton Initiative launches in Greece

21 December 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Agritask named cotton innovation winner

30 November 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


BCI trained 2.3m cotton farmers last season

27 November 2020 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Better Cotton accused of "blindness" to forced labour

29 October 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Better Cotton Initiative halts Xinjiang operations

22 October 2020 | Beth Wright

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."... read more


Cotton innovation finalists pilot sustainable farming solutions

29 September 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


MoU furthers aligned impact reporting for cotton

28 September 2020 | Beth Wright

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. ... read more


Diesel joins the Better Cotton Initiative

7 August 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Better Cotton Initiative revises Chain of Custody Guidelines

30 July 2020 | Beth Wright

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


40% jump in brands sourcing Better Cotton in 2019

30 June 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more


The Better Cotton Initiative launches in Egypt

11 June 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Cotton, textile sectors call for collaborative action amid Covid-19

15 May 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


BCI establishes task force on forced labour and decent work

1 April 2020 | Beth Wright

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. ... read more


Members source 1.5m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2019

3 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Cotton innovation challenge seeks sustainable ideas

3 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

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


BCI releases revised cotton claims framework

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


BCI trained over two million cotton farmers last season

28 October 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Which merchants and mills source most Better Cotton?

20 September 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton

17 July 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Better Cotton Initiative joins fight to tackle climate change

5 July 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard

18 June 2019 | Beth Wright

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. ... read more


Gap announces 100% sustainable cotton goal

7 June 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Benetton eyeing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

3 June 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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


E2open to buy Amber Road trade management platform

14 May 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Cloud-based on-demand supply chain software provider E2open is to acquire global trade management business Amber Road in a US$425m deal that the companies say will offer comprehensive sourcing solutions for brand companies in the apparel and footwear industries.... read more


H&M to phase out conventional cashmere

20 March 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Members source 1m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2018

8 March 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


How technology can help supply chain tackle trade woes

21 February 2019 | Beth Wright

Tariffs and policy changes from the ongoing trade spat between the US and China have become the main enemy of the supply chain manager, who relies on consistency and certainty to plan and execute global trade, a new white paper says.... read more


New pilot will safeguard Egyptian Cotton supply chain workers

15 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more


BCI to release updated Claims Framework

15 February 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


UK retailers make progress on reducing environmental impact

18 December 2018 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Timberland continues to accelerate sustainability efforts

3 December 2018 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


H&M, Adidas, Gap, Nike largest BCI cotton users

15 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc and Nike have been named in the top five of Better Cotton Initiative's (BCI) top brands list for sourcing the sustainable raw material.... read more


Timberland makes progress on 2020 sustainability goals

11 September 2018 | Beth Wright

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland continues to progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals, particularly in its bid to incorporate more sustainable cotton into its apparel.... read more


More than 350 brands now committed to Better Cotton Initiative

1 August 2018 | Beth Wright

Takko Holding GmbH and Target Australia Pty Ltd are among the newest retailer and brand members who joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in the second quarter of 2018. ... read more


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