The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Also, it published its 2019 annual report. In the report, BCI says that Better Cotton, cotton produced by licensed BCI farmers in line with the initiative’s Better Cotton principles and criteria, now accounts for 22% of global cotton production.
Globally BCI is one of the major cotton sustainability programs.
In the 2018-19 cotton season, along with experts on-the-ground implementing partners and with 1,800 members support, BCI gave training on more sustainable farming practices to 2.3 million cotton farmers, 2.1 million got a license to trade Better Cotton. Which increased the sustainably produced cotton growth on the global market.
In 2019, more than 1.5 million metric tons of Better Cotton was sourced. Which is a 40% increase in 2018. sending a clear signal to the market that Better Cotton is becoming a sustainable mainstream product. Now Better Cotton accounts for 6% of the world’s cotton production.
2019 report also says Better Cotton was grown in 23 countries in the 2018-19 cotton season. Licensed BCI farmers made 5.6 million metric tons of Better Cotton. Equivalent to make around 8 billion pairs of jeans – a pair each for every person in the world.
BCI greeted more than 400 new members in 2019. By the end of the year, BCI had 1,842 members – a 29% increase in 2018 – across five membership categories.
Alan McClay, CEO of BCI stated, “It is particularly pleasing to share the progress BCI is making, thanks to the concerted efforts of our members, partners and other stakeholders, towards our 2020 targets.”
He continued, “With two more cotton seasons (2019-20 and 2020-21) within which to make further advances at the field level, we are committed to not only continuing to deliver beneficial change at the field level but also to learning from the experience and adapting to become more effective.”
“We do not yet know how close we will come to our 2020 targets, and we are still assessing how the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact our efforts. But one thing is certain, we have made significant and undeniable progress over the past ten years, and there are many successes to celebrate,” McClay concluded.