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BCI reaches 700 members
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Feb '16
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) continues to expand. It has announced it has reached its 2015 target of 700 members.

For five years, BCI has worked to convene actors across the supply chain, facilitating uptake of Better Cotton. Enabling cooperation between all actors in the industry – from producer organisations to retailers and brands – has been a hallmark of its efforts to achieve a more sustainable cotton sector. With the support of its members, BCI is working towards its mission of making Better Cotton a responsible mainstream solution, it said on its website.

“In our sixth year, BCI and Better Cotton have reached a level of maturity that the entire sector can be proud of. We could not have done this without our members. This year, we call on all 700 of you to do your part in transforming the future of cotton, and increasing the uptake of Better Cotton even further,” said Programme Director, Ruchira Joshi.

BCI's retailer and brand members, now totalling 46, have played an important part in this journey so far. Their investments in farmer capacity building generate supply of Better Cotton at field level, and their work with suppliers creates a more transparent and trustworthy supply chain. BCI's retailer and brand members remain committed to the uptake of Better Cotton, helping BCI move toward its 2020 goal of 5 million farmers and 30 per cent of global cotton production.

2015 was the fifth consecutive year with an increase in new members of 50 per cent or more. The recruitment rate continues to progress at an average of 20 new companies per month.

New members to have recently signed up include C&A, PT Indo-Rama, Manufacturas Kaltex SA de CV and United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), BCI said. (SH)

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