The Better Cotton Initiative named its top retail and brand members, who collectively sourced over one million metric tons of “Better Cotton” in 2018. This represents a 45 percent increase over 2017.

Topping the list was Hennes & Mauritz AB, which was followed by Ikea Supply AG and Gap Inc. in third.

“Better Cotton” is cotton that is produced by “licensed BCI farmers in line with the initiative’s Better Cotton principles and criteria that guide BCI farmers towards continuous improvement across seven key areas,” the organization said, adding that the year-over-year increase in volume “sends a clear signal to the market that Better Cotton is becoming a sustainable mainstream commodity.”

Rahul Ganju, sustainability manager of textiles at Ikea, said since 2015 the company has made responsible sourcing a priority, and that 85 percent of sourced cotton is “Better Cotton.”

“It took a decade of determination and hard work to embed sustainability into our supply chain and we are pleased to have reached our 100 percent sustainable cotton target,” Ganju said. “We won’t stop there though. We are committed to creating positive change throughout the entire cotton industry and continue to collaborate with our partners to make this a reality.”

BCI said in a statement that its “demand-driven funding model” means retailers and brands that source “Better Cotton directly translates into increased investment in training for cotton farmers on more sustainable agricultural practices.”

Here is the list of the top 15 BCI members ranked by Better Cotton sourcing volume:

  1. Hennes & Mauritz AB
  2. Ikea Supply AG
  3. Gap Inc.
  4. Adidas AG
  5. Nike Inc.
  6. Levi Strauss & Co.
  7. C&A AG
  8. PVH Corp.
  9. VF Corporation
  10. Bestseller
  11. Decathlon S.A.
  12. Target Corporation
  13. Marks & Spencer PLC
  14. Tesco
  15. OVS Spa