FAQ

  • WHAT IS THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD?
    The Good Cashmere Standard is an independent standard for sustainable cashmere. It was developed by the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) and aims to improve the welfare of cashmere goats, the lives of farmers and farming communities, and to protect the environment in which they live. The Good Cashmere 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 the standard.
  • WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD?
    The Good Cashmere Standard is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation. It was founded in 2019 with the aim of creating, promoting, and implementing a benchmark standard for sustainable cashmere.
  • WHAT IS THE AID BY TRADE FOUNDATION?
    The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) is the umbrella organisation of The Good Cashmere Standard. It was founded in 2005 by Prof. Dr. Michael Otto, an entrepreneur from Hamburg, Germany, whose pioneering philanthropic work is characterised by his desire to transform the fashion industry by means of future-orientated sustainability solutions. The AbTF leverages trade as a means of empowerment – helping people by creating sustainable value chains that benefit everyone from the farmer to the customer. The foundation cooperates with a wide range of partners from the textile sector to governmental and non-governmental bodies to reach its aims.
  • WHERE DOES THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD WORK?
    The initial focus of The Good Cashmere Standard is on the cashmere farms of Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China. The region is China’s leading producer of cashmere.
  • HOW DOES THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD ENSURE THAT ITS SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA ARE MET?
    The Good Cashmere Standard is a comprehensive standard for the production of sustainable cashmere. In order to ensure that the criteria stipulated in our standard are met, we employ the services of an independent auditor that regularly ensures the correct implementation of and compliance with our standard. Cashmere will only be certified if the farmers and cashmere producers adhere to the sustainability criteria set out in The Good Cashmere Standard. The audits are currently conducted by ELEVATE, an international service provider that is focused on optimising sustainability and global supply chain services.
  • HOW IS THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD FUNDED?
    The Aid by Trade Foundation is a non-profit organisation. Instead of donations, the foundation activates market forces to realise its goals. Brands and retailers buy the certified cashmere wool at world market prices for a licence fee and have the raw material processed in all key textile production markets. Licence income is reinvested by the Aid by Trade Foundation to implement its standard. Only licence partners are permitted to label their products with The Good Cashmere Standard seal. The income from licensing fees is used in accordance with the foundation’s goals. It is re-invested to further develop the standard and benefit farmers, cashmere goats and environmental protection in Inner Mongolia.
  • WHAT KIND OF PRODUCTS ARE LABELLED WITH THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD?
    Only products containing sustainably produced cashmere from producers that have been certified are labelled with The Good Cashmere Standard. Cashmere is often used to make warm clothing such as pullovers, coats or scarves.
  • WHERE CAN I BUY THE PRODUCTS LABELLED WITH THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD?
    Products with cashmere certified according to the Good Cashmere Standard will be available from 2020 onward. Partnering retailers and brands where you can buy these products will be announced in the near future.
  • HOW CAN I RECOGNISE CASHMERE PRODUCTS THAT ARE PRODUCED SUSTAINABLY?
    You can recognise products that contain cashmere certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard by means of The Good Cashmere Standard on-product label. Only contract partners of the Good Cashmere Standard are granted the right to use and label cashmere certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard. In buying a product labelled with The Good Cashmere standard, you make an important contribution to transforming the fashion industry, caring for animal welfare, supporting cashmere farmers and protecting nature.
  • CAN BUYING A PRODUCT LABELLED WITH THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD SUPPORT ANIMAL WELFARE, PROTECT NATURE AND SUPPORT FARMERS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES?
    In buying a product labelled with The Good Cashmere standard, you make an important contribution to transforming the fashion industry, caring for animal welfare, supporting cashmere farmers and protecting nature. Every retailer and brand that use the certified cashmere and mark their products with the label are obliged to pay a licence fee. Following the Social Business approach of our foundation, the proceeds from licence fees are reinvested to benefit farmers, goats, and environmental protection. Your buying decision is a vote that defines how we treat animals, nature and the people behind our clothes. With you purchase you can underline the need for a more sustainable textile industry. ⠀
  • HOW CAN I BECOME A PARTNER OF THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD?
    If you are interested in becoming a partner of The Good Cashmere Standard, please do not hesitate to contact us. With our help you can address the challenges in cashmere production such as animal welfare and environmental concerns and smoothly integrate sustainably produced cashmere in your supply chain. Become part of our network of partners to transform the textile industry.
  • CAN I LABEL MY PRODUCTS WITH THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD?
    Only contract partners with a valid licence agreement that source cashmere certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard can use The Good Cashmere Standard seal. These producers from which they source the cashmere must also be registered with The Good Cashmere Standard. If you are interested in becoming a partner and using our label, we look forward to getting in touch with you.
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