Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Certification
What is BCI Certification?
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organization that works to improve the sustainability of cotton production worldwide. BCI provides a certification program that aims 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.
The BCI certification is awarded to cotton producers who adhere to BCI’s sustainability standards and principles. These standards cover a range of environmental, social, and economic criteria.
BCI certification is not a label that appears on the end product (like some other certifications); instead, it certifies the cotton production process. Brands and retailers that source cotton can then claim the use of Better Cotton in their products, indicating a commitment to sustainable sourcing.
The BCI aims to transform global cotton production by creating more sustainable supply chains and driving positive change in the cotton industry. The certification process involves training and capacity building for farmers to help them meet BCI standards and improve their practices.
Benefits of BCI Certification?
Who can get BCI Certification?
Documents Required for BCI Certification?
The extent of Documented Information differs as per:
Role of Shamkris and Process of BCI Certification
Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to effective system implementation in the organization. A simple and practical method of system implementation helps organizations increase business efficiency and sustainability. Shamkris supports 100% documentation to obtain a certificate of success in addition to enhanced performance.
The implementation process is described below:
Implementing Management System
Year on Year
Validity of BCI Certification?
BCI Certification is a recognition awarded by the Better Cotton Initiative to cotton producers who meet their sustainability standards. It signifies a commitment to environmentally, socially, and economically responsible cotton production.
BCI certification is available to individual cotton farmers, farm groups, cooperatives, cotton producers, and ginning mills involved in cotton cultivation. Entities in the cotton supply chain, such as brands and retailers, can support BCI-certified cotton.
BCI certification offers environmental benefits by promoting sustainable farming practices, social benefits through improved working conditions, economic benefits by enhancing market access, and transparency in the supply chain.
BCI certification is not typically visible on the end product. Instead, it certifies the sustainability of the cotton production process. Brands and retailers may indicate their use of Better Cotton without necessarily displaying the BCI logo on the product.
BCI promotes environmental sustainability by encouraging reduced pesticide use, water efficiency in irrigation, and the adoption of integrated pest management practices in cotton cultivation.
BCI focuses on social responsibility by promoting fair labor practices, ensuring safe working conditions, and fostering community engagement. It aims to improve the well-being of cotton farmers and workers.
BCI certification involves ongoing commitment and continuous improvement. Farmers and entities in the supply chain are encouraged to adopt better practices over time, contributing to the overall advancement of sustainable cotton production.
BCI emphasizes traceability by promoting transparency in the cotton supply chain. Certified entities are expected to track and document the flow of cotton from the farm to the market.