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WOMEN IN COTTON PRODUCTION

September 5, 2017
Cotton On Body BCI Supporting Women Cotton Farmers
At Cotton On Body we’ve made an ongoing commitment to ethical and sustainable retailing. In 2016, Cotton On Group became one of the first Australian retailers to join the Better Cotton Initiative. Through our membership with BCI, we’re helping farmers to grow cotton in a way that minimizes environmental impact and improves the livelihoods and welfare of farming communities.

In the production of cotton, women make up the majority of the workforce, yet in some countries many of these women have little or no awareness of their rights.

The Better Cotton Initiative trains farmers on the principles of ‘Decent work’, part of which includes education aimed at eradicating gender-based discrimination.

Supporting women in cotton production can have a multiplier effect, boosting their confidence and strengthening their standing in their family and community.

This year, BCI reached 40,560 women farmers across 23 countries.

BCI 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.

“Since starting work with BCI in this village, women are better treated by men. Women even attend meetings and make decisions alongside men”

– Miriam Sanogo, Better Cotton Farmer, Mali

Find out more about BCI.

Click here to read more about Cotton On Body’s commitment to BCI, ethics & sustainability.

Photo Credit: Better Cotton Initiative.

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