The Better Cotton Standard System is a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. Each of the elements – from the Production Principles and Criteria to the monitoring mechanisms which show Results and Impact – work together to support the Better Cotton Standard System, and the credibility of Better Cotton and BCI. The system is designed to ensure the exchange of good practices, and to encourage the scaling up of collective action to establish Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
‘Production Principles and Criteria’: providing a global definition of Better Cotton through 6 key principles.
‘Capacity Building’: supporting and training farmers in growing Better Cotton, through working with experienced partners at field level.
‘Assurance Program’: regular farm assessment and measurement of results through 8 consistent results indicators, encouraging farmers to continuously improve.
‘Chain of Custody’: connecting supply and demand in the Better Cotton supply chain.
‘Claims framework’: spreading the word about Better Cotton by communicating powerful data, information and stories from the field.
‘Results and Impact’: monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure progress/change, to ensure that Better Cotton delivers the intended impact.
- Minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices
- Use water efficiently and care for the availability of water
- Care for the health of the soil
- Conserve natural habitats
- Care for and preserve the quality of the fiber
- Promote decent -social work