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BCI membership reaches 600
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Five years after it was founded, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has announced that it now has a membership of 600. In a statement, BCI said it has worked with all actors throughout the supply chain, working together towards the mission: to make Better Cotton a mainstream commodity.

“The BCI membership demonstrates the power of collaboration. 600 actors from a globally spread and complex supply chain uniting behind a common vision is truly unique and inspiring. Together we can definitely achieve our goal of 30 per cent of cotton production as Better Cotton by 2020,” said Ruchira Joshi, programme director for demand.

BCI was founded on the premise that this sector collaboration would be essential to achieving true, global transformation. Growing to 600 members marks a ‘tipping point’ for BCI in which achieving this transformation is possible. All sections of the supply chain are represented in membership, from producer organisations to retailers and brands, It said.

According to the statement, 44 retailer and brand members have played a key role in this journey so far – investing in farmer capacity building and driving supplier engagement. They remain committed to the uptake of Better Cotton and helping to build a more transparent and trustworthy cotton supply chain.

BCI claims it has experienced a remarkable growth in membership over the last few years and are on track to achieve the target of 700 members in 2015, making this the fifth consecutive year with an increase of 50 per cent or more of new members. The recruitment rate continues to progress at an average rate of 25 new companies per month.

New members to have recently signed up include G-Star RAW C.V., Thomas Pink Ltd., HEMA B.V and Cone Denim – the first US based Fabric mill to join BCI, supplying BCI pioneer member Levi Strauss with Better Cotton for their range of clothing. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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