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Transforming the cashmere industry

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The Good Cashmere Standard® is an independent standard for sustainable cashmere, developed by the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), that aims to improve the welfare of cashmere goats, the lives of farmers and farming communities, and the environment in which they live.

STANDARD

What does the standard encompass?

The Good Cashmere Standard was created to improve the welfare of cashmere goats with respect to the Five Freedoms as well as the economic, social and ecological conditions experienced by cashmere farmers, their families and communities in Inner Mongolia. The Standard lays out a clear and comprehensive set of criteria that govern all aspects of sustainable cashmere production. Regular checks are performed by independent auditors in order to monitor compliance with these criteria.

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CASHMERE

An exclusive raw material

Cashmere is an animal-hair fibre that is obtained from cashmere goats. The goats take their name from the Himalayan region of Kashmir from which the species originates. Cashmere is prized for its softness, lightness and its excellent insulating properties.

Cashmere was once a purely luxury product, but a reduction in the cost of cashmere paired with a sharp increase in demand have meant that farmers have struggled to meet both demand and price expectations in a sustainable way. The Good Cashmere Standard aims to provide a solution to this vicious circle by promoting more sustainable practices within cashmere farming, which protect the welfare of the cashmere goats, the quality of their wool, the environment they live in and the farmers who take care of them.

REGION

Where our cashmere comes from

Cashmere goats are farmed in a number of countries and regions throughout the world. The initial focus of The Good Cashmere Standard is on the cashmere farms of Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China.

Inner Mongolia has a population of around 25 million inhabitants and a total area of 1.18 million square kilometres. The region is China’s leading producer of cashmere, accounting for around 6,600 tonnes or around 50 % of Chinese cashmere and 25 % of global cashmere in 2018.

Sheep and goat farming in Inner Mongolia have increased substantially in recent decades and this has led to widespread degradation of the grasslands that make up 67 % of Inner Mongolia’s land area. This degradation has not only affected cashmere farms, but has also had a significant ecological and environmental impact, such as an increase of desertification and a decrease in biodiversity.The Chinese government has recognised the problem and has responded by introducing goat-grazing bans and extensive reforestation programmes. By encouraging sustainable farming practices and promoting the uptake of sustainably produced cashmere we aim to help farmers in Inner Mongolia secure animal welfare and protect the region in which they live and work.

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Make The Good Cashmere Standard part of your business

Sustainability, transparency and traceability – these are three increasingly important drivers for the purchase decisions of consumers across the globe. Stakeholders throughout the cashmere value chain need to respond to this growing consumer demand if they are to ensure their future success and want to drive positive change in cashmere production. The Good Cashmere Standard, an independent and voluntary standard for sustainable cashmere, enables enterprises and farmers within the cashmere industry to rise to this challenge.

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