Better Cotton Initiative

Iseal code compliant member

Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. BCI works across the cotton supply chain to promote measurable and continuing improvements.

ISEAL Code Compliant designates members who have successfully undergone independent evaluations against the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice in Standards-Setting, Assurance and Impacts.

Independent Evaluation to the ISEAL Standards-Setting Code
Previous assessment

As a result of this independent evaluation, BCI have made the following improvements to how they develop their standards:

  • Established more deliberate outreach to disadvantaged stakeholders to ensure their views are taken into account when revising or developing new standards

  • Published a synopsis of how comments received during the consultation process were addressed in the standard setting process

Independent Evaluation to the ISEAL Assurance Code
Previous assessment
Next assessment

As a result of this independent evaluation, BCI have made the following improvements to their assurance system:

  • Introduced legally enforceable agreements (applicable when licenses are issued) that take into account the responsibilities of both BCI, farms, and production units

  • Further developed its systems to ensure impartial decision making

  • Updated its System Review procedure to require the external body to review BCI's risk management plan as well as taking a conducting a formal review of its risk management plan

Independent Evaluation to the ISEAL Impacts Code
Previous assessment
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As a result of this independent evaluation, BCI have made the following improvements to their M&E system:

  • Clarified which unintended effects of their standards-system would be monitored and identified suitable indicators.

  • Defined a Research Agenda and identified priorities for potential research projects to measure the outcomes of their standards system.

  • Formalised aspects of data governance, specifically clarified what information is captured from their clients and sought agreement on what BCI may do with that information