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About BCI

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organization and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. BCI works with farms, fashion and textile brands, manufacturers, and civil society organisations. It promotes better cotton production practices for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas.


BCI partners with grassroots organizations (their Implementing Partners) to provide training on more sustainable farming practices to more than two million cotton farmers in 21 countries. In the 2017-18 cotton season, licenced BCI Farmers produced more than five million metric tonnes of ‘Better Cotton’ – accounting for ~19% of global cotton production!

  • Vision

    To make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and for sector’s future. 

  • Mission

    To transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. 

  • Objectives

    • Reduce the environmental impact of cotton production
    • Improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas
    • Improve commitment to and flow of Better Cotton throughout supply chain
    • Ensure the credibility and sustainability of the Better Cotton Initiative

Find out more about our story so far, our organisational structure and the global team working towards making Better Cotton a sustainable mainstream commodity:

About Partners

Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund

The Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund (Better Cotton GIF) makes strategic investments into Better Cotton projects to support the Better Cotton Initiative in reaching its 2020 targets. It is governed by the BCI Council in partnership with BCI Retailer and Brand Members, BCI Civil Society Members, and Government Bodies. IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, is the official Fund Manager along with being an important funder. The Better Cotton GIF identifies, supports and invests in field-level programmes and innovations while fostering adoption of the Better Cotton Standard System by governments, trade associations and other entities.The Better Cotton GIF mission is to support BCI in its aim 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.

IDH the sustainable trade initiative

IDH convenes companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships in order to drive the joint design, co-funding and prototyping of new economically viable approaches. It seeks to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. Their approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals. IDH focuses on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions, toxic loading and gender.


IDH is supported by multiple European governments, including the institutional donors: BUZA, SECO and DANIDA and we work together with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes over 40 countries worldwide.


Dalberg is a global organization that works to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where all people, everywhere, can reach their fullest potential. Dalberg partners with and serves communities, governments, and companies providing an innovative mix of services – advisory, investment, research, analytics, and design – to create impact at scale. Their businesses provide high-level strategic policy and investment advice to the leadership of key institutions, corporations and governments, working collaboratively to address pressing global problems and generate positive social impact.


Dalberg has a global presence, covering 25 locations , which includes offices and staff presence in Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Geneva, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington, D.C. Dalberg’s presence in developing countries in Asia and Africa allows them to have deep on-ground knowledge of market trends and latest innovations and assists them in conducting field visits based on the requirements of projects.