LONDON – Travel restrictions put in place due to Covid-19 could impact the amount of cotton entering global supply chains from standards such as the Better Cotton Initiative and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The world’s key cotton sourcing hubs, including India, Pakistan and China, have all been impacted by restrictions on travel since March, impacting the ability for such standards to carry out onsite visits. Such visits are often necessary when an initial farm assessment takes place or when a license is up for renewal.
The BCI says that travel or movement restrictions might interfere with assurance activities this season, and “this could potentially affect the licensing process, preventing farmers from receiving a licence and Better Cotton from entering the global supply chain in 2020.”
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