• BCI 2016 General Assembly

    BCI will host its 2016 General Assembly in Hong Kong, from 14-15, June. 

    The General Assembly serves as the annual member meeting, and importantly, includes BCI Council Elections. BCI members from around the world, representing the entire cotton supply chain will gather in Asia to learn, network and advance their Better Cotton procurement, as well as elect new Council members.

    Better Cotton is forecasted to surpass 11% of total global cotton production in the 2015 - 2016 season, and it is on course to be a mainstream commodity by 2020. The BCI community is working together to transform the future of cotton.

    To sign up for the BCI 2016 General Assembly, please go to the Registration tab.

    Other tabs provide information about the meeting: agenda, working sessions, speakers and more.  There is also logistical information about accommodation and visas. Note the special offer available for BCI members at the Cordis Hong Kong at Langham Place, the event venue.  

    This page will be updated regularly, so keep checking for updates!

  • Featured Speakers

    Helena Helmersson, Global Head of Production, H&M
    Helena Helmersson joined H&M in 1997 as a business controller in the buying office and later became a section manager working with assortment planning and purchasing. She lived in Bangladesh for two years working as H&M’s HR Manager at the production office in Dhaka, and has also served as the Department manager for lingerie in the company’s Hong Kong production office.

    In 2010 Helmersson moved back to the Head Office in Stockholm, Sweden, and assumed the position as Head of Sustainability at H&M. H&M’s sustainability efforts under Helena Helmersson’s lead have been recognized and awarded for a number of initiatives, including the launch of garment collecting in all H&M stores, the implementation of the fair living wage roadmap, the commitment towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals as well as the publication of the company’s supplier list. In 2014 Helmersson was named the most powerful business woman in Sweden by the nation´s leading business magazine.

    After five years as the company´s Head of Sustainability Helmersson moved to Hong Kong in 2015 and assumed the position as Head of Production, being responsible for the H&M Group´s sourcing and purchasing globally.

    Alistair Monument, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
    Alistair Monument established the FSC Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong in 2011, and leads the strategic development of FSC across the region.

    He has been working with FSC since 2001, and was founding Director of Accreditation Services International, FSC’s accreditation agency. From 2006, he worked as Technical Director for FSC in China, and as a responsible business consultant with corporations and the Chinese authorities.

    Mr. Monument is a qualified auditor and forester, with experience in over 30 countries. He has worked in the private sector, with non-governmental organisations and with government agencies, on ethical standards systems, forestry, oil and gas, environmental and social impact assessment.


    Dr Keshav Raj Kranthi, Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) Nagpur
    Dr. Kranthi is an agriculturist, he holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Institute in New Delhi. He has been granted patents in South Africa, Mexico, China and Uzbekistan for Bt detection methods. Furthermore he has received four National Awards in India and was named International Cotton Researcher of the Year in 2009 by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).





    Kai Hughes, Managing Director, International Cotton Association (ICA) Bremen
    In addition to his ICA role, Kai is also the Managing Director of ICA Bremen. Kai began his working life in 1979 as an officer in the Royal Navy. During the last 10 years of his military career Kai worked in the Ministry of Defence. His career in cotton began in 2000, when he joined the then Liverpool Cotton Association as General Manager. Kai has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a BA in Psychology. He is a trained mediator and has completed the CEDR Accredited Mediator Course.






    Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance
    ISEAL is the global backbone organization for the sustainability standards movement.  Karin is one of the world’s leading experts on ecolabels, sustainability standards and certification.  Before joining ISEAL in 2009, she was involved in the start-up of Rainforest Alliance, and worked there for more than 20 years, first as Associate Director of the organisation, and then as Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Programme.  Karin holds a BFA and an MBA from New York University and is based in London.


  • Current Sponsors


    For details on how your company can sponsor, please see the Sponsorship Opportunities Tab above.

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