Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Given the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and its global impact on health and travel, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) leadership team has agreed to postpone the 2020 Global Cotton Sustainability conference. It will now take place from March 2-4, 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal, with final arrangements currently under review.

“The spread of coronavirus will have an ongoing impact all over the world, and affect the entire BCI community, including members, staff, partners and other stakeholders. The situation now requires a significant step-up in the BCI management response. We need to face an unprecedented crisis with unprecedented solutions. It is inspiring to see how quickly, and with a deep sense of engagement, our stakeholders, partners and team members have stepped up to the plate and embraced new ways of working and living in order to continue delivering on their commitments. With this level of engagement, we feel confident about the sustainable cotton community’s ability to meet the challenges of this period of crisis and uncertainty, and emerge stronger,” said Alan McClay, CEO, BCI.


The conference will deliver the same programme to address issues across the entire cotton supply chain, offering inspiring speakers from farm to fashion, and networking with leaders from across the cotton sustainability sector.


The BCI general assembly and BCI council elections will be conducted virtually on June 9, 2020, as scheduled.