Overview of actors

Better Cotton Initiative

Better Cotton is the world’s leading sustainability initiative for cotton.

Better Cotton's mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. In just over a decade, Better Cotton have convinced stakeholders who span the industry to be it's partners. Farmers, ginners, spinners, suppliers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers, civil society organisations, donors and governments. This adds up to more than 2,300 members in the Better Cotton network.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

Better Cotton wants to support farming communities socially, environmentally and economically. This 360-degree approach to growing cotton and to improving lives and livelihoods is as relevant to the tiniest smallholding as it is to the largest industrialised farm. With better soil and water management, less use of pesticides and greater resilience to climate change come opportunities.

... and why

Cotton is one of the world’s most important renewable natural resources. Safeguarding the growing and production of it is essential. In 2005, as part of a round-table initiative convened by WWF, a group of visionary organisations came together to make sure cotton had a sustainable future. Initial support came from organisations such as adidas, Gap Inc., H&M, ICCO Cooperation, IKEA, IFAP, IFC, Organic Exchange, Oxfam, Pesticide Action Network UK and WWF.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

No particular focus (few employees)

The Better Cotton team includes more than 100 individuals from diverse cultures, countries and backgrounds. The team is passionate about what they do and dedicated to achieving the Better Cotton mission: to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. From humble beginnings, the team has grown rapidly to become the world’s largest cotton sustainability programme, and is expanding all the time.

Opportunities offered

Internships for students no
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities no
See current vacancies on cinfoPoste

Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity

Development Cooperation


Geneva, Switzerland and London, UK

Region(s) of operation

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

Outside Switzerland:
Between 50 and 200

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