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BCI reaches 600 members (including Cone Mills USA)

Ecotexile News

Published on Monday, 06 July 2015

Written by Brett Mathews

GENEVA – The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has announced that it has now reached 600 members and is on target to reach its target of having 700 members by the end of 2015. Recent new members include G-Star, Thomas Pink Ltd and Cone Denim – the first US based fabric mill to join the BCI which will be supplying Levi Strauss with Better Cotton for their ranges.

“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 with the BCI.

All sections of the supply chain are represented in the BCI’s membership, including textile manufacturing organisations as well as apparel retailers and brands.

Of the BCI membership, 44 are retailer and brand members who, according to the BCI, “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 has seen massive growth in its membership over the last few years, the development and increasing clout of the standard contrasting sharply with the fluctuating fortunes of organic cotton. If the BCI achieves its 700 members target for 2015, this will be the fifth consecutive year in succession in which the standard has seen an increase of 50 per cent or more of new members.

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