Clerici Tessuto has joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and has thus become part of a global community committed 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 Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world.
It was founded in 2005 as part of a ‘round table’ initiative led by WWF which convened global experts on different raw materials to find more sustainable solutions for farmers, for the environment, and for the future of each sector.
Initially supported by a collective of major organizations including Adidas, Gap Inc., H&M, ICCO, IFAP, IFC, IKEA, Organic Exchange, Oxfam, PAN UK and WWF, the BCI was established as an independent organization in 2009, after three years of studies and agreements between environmental associations, farmers, weavers, brands and consumers.
In the same year the first Better Cotton global standards (Better Cotton Production Principles and Criteria) were published, key principles for sustainable cotton production (Better Cotton) which are the foundation of the Better Cotton Standard System, a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.
BCI and its 69 on-the-ground partners (Implementing Partners) provide training to over two million cotton farmers on the most sustainable practices. More than two million farmers in 21 countries received a BCI license and produce more than five million tonnes of Better Cotton – that equates to 19% of global cotton production.
Thanks to its membership in the Better Cotton Initiative, Clerici Tessuto produces and markets fabrics made with BCI cotton quotas (BCCU).