Alan McClay

About Alan McClay
  • Chief Executive Officer, Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund
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Alan McClay was appointed CEO of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in September 2015.

BCI brings together textile retailers and brands; spinners, mills, gins and other companies in the cotton supply chain; producer organisations; and representatives of civil society, alongside governments and public authorities to help cotton production become sustainable – and so better for the environment, better for the people who depend on it and better for the sector.

Since the first BCI harvests in 2010-2011 the initiative has expanded rapidly. By the 2015-2016 harvest 12% of cotton globally was produced according to the BCI standard or its equivalent. BCI’s goal is to transform the cotton market by mainstreaming more sustainable production.

Alan McClay, a British national, was educated in the UK (Cambridge University and London Business School) and France (Sciences Po Paris). From 2011 to 2015 he worked as a consultant advising firms and trade bodies on not-for-profit strategy and management, and on sustainable sourcing policies and standards. Previously he was CEO of CIES– the Food Business Forum, an international platform for food retail businesses which has since merged with brand associations to become the Consumer Goods Forum. During his tenure at CIES the organisation launched the Global Food Safety Initiative and the Global Social Compliance Programme.


Combating Gender Based Violence

06 Jun 2018

Read session notes here. Session Description It is estimated that 71% of the 40.3 million people in modern slavery are women and girls. Women in poverty face multiple layers of difficulty in avoiding or escaping gender-based violence. They have lesser…Read More

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