The Better Cotton Initiative

31 Oct 2013

Tesco are proud to be members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) - an industry wide initiative which exists 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.

Tesco are proud to be members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) - an industry wide initiative which exists 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.

Kevin Grace our Group Commercial and Supply Chain Director said, "Cotton is one of our most important commodities, and we’re committed to working with our suppliers to source it in a sustainable way. As members of the Better Cotton Fast Track program Tesco are this year investing 100,000 euros, directly at farm level, in the training of farmers to improve yield and reduce environmental impact – supporting the sustainable cotton sector to reach its target of 30% of the global cotton market by 2020."

BCI works with a diverse range of stakeholders to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas. Examples of the improvements that the BCI is making include:

Reducing water use: In 2012, Better Cotton farmers in China used 19% less water for irrigation on a national average compared to conventional farmers.

Reducing demand for pesticides: In 2012, Better Cotton farmers in Mali used 17% less pesticide on a national average compared to conventional farmers.

Increasing profitability for farmers: In 2012, Better Cotton farmers in Pakistan were 109% more profitable on a national average compared to conventional farmers.

Empowering women: In 2012, 30,000 women farmers and workers were trained in Better Cotton production principles.

Find out more about BCI