Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to respond to the current impacts of cotton production worldwide. BCI promotes measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

BCI has been working with organisations from across the cotton supply chain and interested stakeholders to facilitate a solution for the mainstream cotton sector. The BCI's philosophy is to develop a market for a new mainstream commodity: ‘Better Cotton’ and thereby transform the cotton commodity to bring long-term benefits for the environment, farmers and other people dependent on cotton for their livelihood.

Better Cotton Initiative is in compliance with:


Compliance Status (Code Version and approval date of compliance)

Last Updated


Version 6, February 2016



Version 2, Peer Review due 2017



Version 1, Independent Evaluation due for completion 2017


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