The 2-year course of was facilitated by worldwide sustainability non-profit Discussion board for the Future as a part of the Cotton 2040 Initiative, working in shut collaboration with the Delta Challenge. All companions on this initiative have a shared ambition to harness the advantages from extra aligned impression information measurement and reporting: extra credible, constant information, with lowered time, prices, and duplication of efforts for all companions throughout the cotton system.
Collectively we now have contributed to the event of the Delta Framework, a core set of indicators addressing key social, financial, and environmental points that are related to sustainable cotton. The Delta Framework is voluntary and meant to use worldwide to any cotton and occasional farming system, with the potential to be expanded to different agricultural commodities over time. Finally this widespread indicator set will assist manufacturers and retailers to confidently observe the impression of their sustainable cotton sourcing choices, assist upgrading of farmer providers to encourage steady enchancment at farm degree, and facilitate growing transparency and communication with customers.
We’re happy to announce that we now have reached a big milestone in our collaboration. BCI together with the opposite working group members, has jointly-signed a Memorandum of Understanding, “The Sustainable Cotton Aligned Impacts Measurement and Reporting Joint Dedication”. This units out our intention that the Delta Framework will change into a reputable and shared framework to information impression measurement and reporting of core sustainability problems with relevance to the cotton sector. Throughout 2020 and 2021 we can be persevering with to work with the Delta Challenge group to assist take a look at and refine the indications and information assortment and reporting methodologies. This can embody piloting them with farmers and native companions as quickly as native circumstances permit to make sure the indications and methodologies meet the wants of cotton farmers and our accomplice organisations, together with retailers and types, and in addition the broader cotton sector.
“The Delta Challenge was initiated by BCI to answer the wants of our stakeholders to have entry to harmonised data on the outcomes of the totally different sustainability programmes carried out at farm degree. Past the event of a typical sustainability framework, BCI will make sure that farmers will even profit from the info they supply, each by studying alternatives and extra knowledgeable choice making, in addition to by higher entry to extra focused providers,” Eliane Augareils, monitoring & analysis supervisor, BCI, stated in a press launch.
BCI encourages all organisations with pursuits in sustainable cotton to have interaction with the Delta Challenge because it strikes ahead. The draft indicators are publicly out there for assessment and testing. Wider participation throughout the sector will assist to speed up progress in the direction of alignment, supporting the transition to a sustainable cotton sector. The ultimate indicator framework, together with reporting steering, can be out there in 2021.
BCI is aware of how vital it’s to measure the impacts of our personal work on cotton producing communities and our shared environmental challenges. Wanting on the sector extra broadly, it’s clear that constant, credible and comparable impression information throughout the big selection of sustainable cotton requirements, programmes and codes can also be vital, and would encourage extra manufacturers and retailers to put money into a swap to extra sustainable cotton.
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