Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global sustainability program focused at farm level improvements.

About BCI

BCI has members throughout the supply chain that are committed to the production and supply of cotton produced under a set of BCI standards covering social and environmental issues like pesticide management and child labour.

Cotton Australia signed a formal partnership agreement with BCI on behalf of Australia’s cotton industry in June 2014. Cotton Australia will continue to manage the industry’s relationship with BCI, has recently secured a seat on the BCI Council (its global overseeing Board) and will assist growers to become myBMP certified so they can participate in the program.
Australian cotton growers must do three things to qualify as a BCI grower:

  1. Achieve myBMP certification
  2. Pay your full Cotton Australia levy
  3. Register with BCI (through Cotton Australia)

BCI is a global, multi-stakeholder organisation that operates at many levels in many countries.

Very simplistically, BCI:

  • Partners with organisations (like Cotton Australia) to facilitate cotton farmers to use BCI best practices, and then audits them to make sure it’s happening
  • Partners with brands and retailers to encourage demand for BCI cotton
  • Channels funds from membership and public-private partnerships back into the supply of Better Cotton through farm-level training and verification
  • Facilitates Better Cotton into the supply chain using a mass balance model

Why should growers opt in to BCI?

Australian growers now have access to premium markets for cotton grown on myBMP certified farms by opting in to BCI. Over the past two seasons many BCI growers have negotiated an additional $3 - $8 for bale for their BCI credits. The value of BCI credits varies each season, and the price depends on the supply and demand for sustainable cotton on international markets. 

Further information available for download:

To go to the official BCI website, please click here.

BCI growers in Australia

Note: The list below represents those Australian BCI growers who have given permission to share their contact details on the Cotton Australia website. It is not the complete list of BCI growers.

Grower name Business name Contact

Murray Connor

AFF Properties Pty Ltd

0407 663 721

Ross Askin

AgCap Pty Ltd

0428 684 242

Edward Seccombe

Australian Food & Fibre

0428 539 559
02 6753 9571

Danni Ingram

Avondale Farming

0427 834 655

Matthew Toscan

Cavaso Farming Pty Ltd

0429 695 058

Neek Morawitz

CH & RL Morawitz

0409 631 393

Nigel Burnett

Colorada Cotton Pty Ltd

0427 873 481

Tim Commins

Commins Enterprises

02 6955 2779

Simon Corish

Corish Management Pty Ltd 

0427 623 917

Mark Cathcart

Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd

0428 254 102

Hamish Millar

Cowal Agriculture Operations Pty Ltd

0418 741 553

Craig and Cathy McDonald

CT & CA McDonald

0417 713 779

Peter Tuohey
Amy Billsborough

Daisy Lodge Pty Ltd

0428 511 664

Glen Smith

Evolution Farming

0428 537 221

Barbara Grey

Garrawilla Farming Partnership

0427 448 712

Barbara Grey

Green Drake Pty Ltd

0427 448 712

Andrew Parkes

Gundaline Pty Ltd

0429 669 164

Jamie Grant

Kielli Pastoral Co

0409 270 105

Andrew Watson

Kilmarnock Farming

0428 343 368

Hamish McIntyre

Moolabah Agriculture Pty Ltd

07 4625 5600

Phillip Morgan

Morcot Farm Pty Ltd

0408 658 464

Michael McCosker

MS & SP McCosker

0417 735 942

Roger Webster

Newinga Estates Pty Ltd

07 4677 1239

Steve Evans

Norman Farming Pty Ltd

0427 775 164

Nigel Corish

Oriental Agriculture

0409 904 500

John Cameron

Rabswan Pty Ltd

0427 037 212

Tristram Hertslet

Reardon Operations

0428 771 078
07 4677 1160

Ross Burnett

RW Burnett

0427 336 340

Mike Carberry

Stan Carberry & Sons

0427 665 662

Nick Gillingham

Sundown Pastoral Company

0427 253 581

John Durham

Sustainable Agriculture Fund

0475 831 093

Anthony Barlow

Wyadrigah Pastoral Company

0427 537 253

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Landcare

The Sustainable Australian Cotton Production Supplying International Markets project is supported by Cotton Australia through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Cotton Research Development Corporation