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Better Cotton Harvest Report 2012
available at the end of the month

At the end of the month, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) will be releasing its annual report with 2012 harvest data, now named the 'Better Cotton Harvest Report' to better reflect the cotton growing and harvesting seasons season rather than the calendar year. It is complete with useful graphics to show sowing and harvesting months in each country where Better Cotton is grown.


Other highlights include:

  • an in depth update on each country producing Better Cotton
  • more substantial coverage of BCI's Decent Work principles and the qualitative impact which Better Cotton is having in the field
  • result indicators from China's first Better Cotton harvest
  • an introduction from outgoing CEO Lise Melvin, as she hands over to Patrick Laine

The spotlight is also turned on BCI's goals for the future in this report, as it moves into its 2013-2015 Expansion Phase. The focus is on progress towards targets for global production and supply chain uptake, while laying the groundwork for a solid business case to attract new members.

Based on the 2012 Harvest Report, the organisation looks set to continue to hit its targets for the mission to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.

BCI has ongoing support from two of its founding members IKEA and WWF; from publishing the first Better Cotton Standards in 2009, to the first Better Cotton harvests of 2011, and now with an eye firmly on the future.

Once released, you can read the report here.


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