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China wants to replace Swiss based cotton body BCI

Aug 11, 2021
China wants to replace Swiss based cotton body BCI

Chinese cotton industry is moving ahead with plans to form a fairer and more transparent international industry standard-setting platform to replace the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).

BCI, a Switzerland-based nongovernmental organization, has failed to facilitate the positive and sound development of the global cotton supply chain, according to Chinese industry experts.

BCI, which had been the leader in the global cotton industry, has been under heavy fire both in China and abroad for its "force labor" claims against cotton from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and is losing membership and leadership in the global industry. 

US brand Levi Strauss was standing down from the BCI's leadership amid debate over the group's response to "alleged human rights abuses" in Xinjiang's cotton industry. Several large international fashion brands including FILA and MUJI, expressed their strong support for Xinjiang cotton in defiance of BCI's claim.

Wang Wenkui, an executive at the China Cotton Industry Alliance (CCIA), an organization under the Institute of
Cotton Research of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, told that the domestic industry has already been doing the ground work for a new coalition and that some of CCIA's experts have also been invited to formulate Chinese cotton standards.

China is now the world's largest cotton consumer and the second-largest cotton producer as per data. Supported by world-leading technologies and management, China also supplies more than 80 percent of high-grade yarns and grey fabrics for the global textile supply chain.

Source: Global Times

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