By not paying extra to the farmers, there is a much higher chance of the initiative reaching scale because it will not be hemmed in by being seen as a niche premium product. So if it's such a great idea, will it catch-on in the same way the iPad transformed the market for computers?
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This could be just what you're looking for. Are you looking out the window and wishing your job meant more? It's not too late to change jobs. The compassion and warmth they bring to their charity work leaves us in no doubt they'll make fantastic parents RoyalBaby. While the consortium of apparel companies put pressure on their supply chain to guarantee a market for 'better' cotton, the BCI also works in partnership with NGOs, such as the Solidaridad Foundation , to train farmers to meet that demand.
But unlike programmes such as Fairtrade , there is no formal product labelling system for consumers and no premium paid to the farmers. This may lead to accusations that the apparel companies are trying to have their cake and eat it, by proving their sustainability credentials while keeping farmers in poverty. But such accusations won't be fair. By not paying extra to the farmers, there is a much higher chance of the initiative reaching scale because it will not be hemmed in by being seen as a niche premium product.
But how do the farmers benefit? Cotton growing also demands huge amounts of water and the BCI model has seen significant reductions in irrigation needs. They also lack knowledge of the hazards around them. There are still instances in Africa where farmers are doing tongue testing to assess the right concentration of pesticides. The initiative helps them to understand their crops and pests and give them the ability to do more with less.
This has reduced pesticide use in developing countries. So if it's such a great idea, will it catch-on in the same way the iPad transformed the market for computers? Unfortunately, the answer is likely to be no. The analogy with Apple is unfair in many regards, but it serves to prove a point. The iPad's proof of concept was all done in its labs, Apple was in control of its supply chain, the product was exciting and captured consumers' imagination, and it has the power of Apple's finances and brand prowess behind it.
Plus, of course, Apple sees it as the next evolution of its market dominance and therefore central to its strategy. The BCI has none of these advantages. It is having to show proof of concept in the field, which takes time, and it has little control over the supply chain, given the global nature of the commodity.
So far it has engaged , farmers in four countries, which is a fair start, but itwill struggle to meet the demands of the retailers who have already signed up.
Lack of funding for expansion also poses a problem. While the retailers are putting in some seed corn funding, matched by the Dutch government, it is not nearly enough to support a major scale-up.
Interested in becoming part of the Better Cotton Initiative's dynamic and enthusiastic team? Take a look at our careers page. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) — the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world — aims to reach 5 million farmers worldwide with more sustainable agricultural practices, and account for 30% of global cotton production by Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Better Cotton Initiative - BCI is a not-for-profit organization that works to find better and more sustainable ways to grow cotton, one of .