Cotton Egypt Association to launch country’s first BCI program

  •  Egypt
  •  Apr 08, 2019
  •  By WFB Bureau
Cotton Egypt Association to launch country’s first BCI program

The Cotton Egypt Association has joined hands with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to increase product sustainability and improve conditions for the Egyptian Cotton supply chain workers.

Launching a pilot project named, The Egyptian Cotton Project, both the partners are launching Egypt’s first Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) program.

Commenting on the project, Khaled Schuman, Executive Director of the Cotton Egypt Association stated, “Cotton Egypt Association is dedicated to creating a sustainable supply chain which supports the welfare of both the workers and the environment. The partnership with UNIDO to support the BCI pilot project is one of several initiatives we will be exploring in 2019, as we continue to bring the brand and the values of the world’s finest cotton to meet the expectations of a modern consumer.”

The project will coordinate with a pool of stakeholders to implement the pilot BCI programme for Egyptian Cotton, promoting the production of Egypt’s ‘White Gold’ in a way that cares for the environment and the farmers who grow it.

BCI is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. It connects people and organizations across the cotton sector – from field to store. The major agenda of BCI is to make global cotton production better for the farmers by educating them and granting the BCI standard to those who meet rigorous levels of sustainable production and employee welfare.

At present, BCI licenses 1.3 million farms in 21 countries and aims to bring 30 per cent of global production up to BCI standard by 2020.

“Relevant governmental entities, farmers’ cooperatives, cotton-textile associations and local/international private sector stakeholders will also be a part of the project,” informed a spokesperson from UNIDO.

The Cotton Egypt Association has been working to safeguard the legacy of egyptian cotton. It has recently introduced a new accreditation process in partnership with Bureau Veritas, which uses DNA technology to root out counterfeit goods.

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