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Better Cotton Chain of Custody (CoC) Verification

Better Cotton Chain of Custody (CoC) verification is a third-party verification process conducted by accredited certification bodies to ensure compliance with the Better Cotton Initiative’s (BCI) Chain of Custody requirements.

The Chain of Custody Standard applies to the ginners, spinning mills, fabric mills, manufacturers, traders who are producing, buying, or selling Better Cotton. It includes, but is not limited to, intermediaries and markets for raw seed cotton, lint traders, mills with spinning capabilities, mills or suppliers without spinning capabilities (such as fabric mills, dyeing mills, yarn and/or fabric traders, and vertical mills), end-product manufacturers, sourcing agents, as well as retailers and brands with their own manufacturing capabilities.

At USB Certification, we understand the importance of responsible cotton sourcing and the need for transparent supply chains in the textile industry. That’s why we offer comprehensive verification services to help companies demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.

By choosing USB Certification for your Better Cotton Chain of Custody (CoC) verification (3PV) needs, you can demonstrate your commitment to sustainability, ethical sourcing, and transparency in the textile industry. Join us in promoting the adoption of Better Cotton and driving positive change across the global cotton supply chain.

Contact us today to learn more about our verification services and how we can support your sustainability goals.

Our Better Cotton Chain of Custody (3PV) verification is designed to ensure compliance with the rigorous standards set forth by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Through independent assessments conducted by qualified auditors, we verify that companies have established robust systems and procedures to trace the flow of Better Cotton and fulfill Better Cotton Mass Balance orders.

During the verification process, our auditors assess documentation, record-keeping practices, and physical segregation measures to ensure the integrity of the Better Cotton supply chain. On-site inspections may also be conducted to verify compliance with CoC requirements, providing stakeholders with confidence in the authenticity of Better Cotton claims.

Better Cotton Initiative describes Better Cotton Program as

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

Better Cotton program was launched ten years ago, now more than a fifth of the world’s cotton is already produced under the Better Cotton Standard which confirms that the world doesn’t just want cotton, it wants better cotton. Better Cotton program isn’t just a commodity, it’s a movement for a truly sustainable future.”

To be successfully transitioned from the CoC Guidelines v1.4 to the CoC Standard v1.0, all Better Cotton Suppliers will need to go through an onboarding process that includes 5 key steps as seen on the image below.
  1. Log into your Better Cotton Platform (BCP) and find the CoC Standard Registration Form fom the latest notifications on the main page. Better Cotton has set up different forms for single- and multi-site organisations which are both available from the same online platform.
  2. Access the Registration Form and liaise within your organisation to ensure that all required information is submitted together with the form. You can also attend optional training to learn more about the Chain of Custody Standard and the BCP by finding a relevant training session here.
  3.  To complete the Registration Form, you will need the following documents ready:
    • Proof of your registered business address.
    • Relevant documentation to prove the site(s) are certified to sell GOTS, Fairtrade, OCS/CCS, or other standards.
    • The site(s) most recent internal audit findings
    • Management system scheme certificate(s) (for example, ISO 90001), if any
    • Social compliance standard certificate(s), if any
  4. Please ensure to press ‘Submit’ at the end of your completed form. Better Cotton will then review your submission and assign a risk category. This might mean that you will need a Third-Party Verified assessment prior to onboarding. Read more about this here.
  5. Once your submission has been processed, you will receive further instructions on how to complete an e-learning course and receive access to the updated BCP.