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BCI and USFIA to promote responsible cotton sourcing

The partnership allows BCI and USFIA to mutually benefit from each other’s expertise to provide information about supporting responsibly grown cotton.

2nd September 2015

Knitting Industry
 |  Washington, DC

Knitted Outerwear, Hosiery/​Socks, Colours/​Trends

“USFIA is thrilled to partner with BCI,” said Julia K. Hughes, President of USFIA. “Our members, which include iconic global brands and major retailers, are committed to responsible sourcing at all levels in the supply chain. By collaborating with and learning from BCI, our members will be able to enhance that commitment from literally the ground up.”

New partnership

USFIA represents the fashion industry, including textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers and wholesalers, based in the United States and doing business globally. The Better Cotton Initiative is an NGO working with a multi-stakeholder group of organisations to support responsible cotton production worldwide.

“As BCI continues to expand in the US, we’re excited to join a reputable organisation like USFIA. In such a rapidly changing industry, we look forward to exploring how this partnership can enable the supply chain of the future,” commented Daren Abney, Membership Engagement Manager at BCI.

Enabling communication

The partnership allows BCI and USFIA to mutually benefit from each other’s expertise. BCI will provide information about supporting responsibly grown cotton to USFIA members. In turn, USFIA can support BCI members in navigating the complex sourcing issues in the US and around the globe.

Through publications, educational events and networking opportunities, USFIA will enable BCI to connect with key stakeholders across the value chain, including US and international service providers, suppliers and industry groups.

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