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The Good Cashmere Standard was developed in response to the growing need and demand for more sustainable, transparent and traceable cashmere production. As an independent and voluntary standard for sustainable cashmere, it can help ensure that animal welfare, human rights and the environment are safeguarded during cashmere production. It thereby enables supply chain members from enterprises to farmers to address challenges such as animal welfare and environmental concerns. On top of that, our Chain of Custody Guidelines ensure that the ever-increasing demand for traceability and transparency within the supply chain is also met. Join us and become part of the shift to sustainable cashmere.

Implementation

International retailers and brands that are partners of The Good Cashmere Standard buy the raw material at world market prices and receive support to smoothly integrate sustainable cashmere into their textile value chains. At the end of the textile chain, the partner retailers or brands pay a nominal licence fee to the Aid by Trade Foundation. Income from licence fees is reinvested to benefit farmers, cashmere goats and support environmental protection in Inner Mongolia.

The Good Cashmere Standard is managed and owned by the Aid by Trade Foundation. The licence for the use of “The Good Cashmere Standard brand” is marketed exclusively by ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH (ATAKORA), which is furthermore responsible for supply chain management and business development.

Retailer and Brands

Ready Garment Manufacturer (RGM)

Spinning Mills

Farmers – Cashmere Producers

Retailers and Brands

In order to use our sustainable cashmere and labelling, retailers and brands must first conclude a licence agreement with ATAKORA. Retailers and brands are required to pay a partnership fee for their membership as well as a volume-related licence fee that is based on the amount of textiles they wish to label with The Good Cashmere Standard. To create even more transparency throughout the textile supply chain, retailers and brands can request DNA-marking of The Good Cashmere wool for authentication purposes. This will require the payment of an additional licence fee.

Every retailer or brand must be registered on The Good Cashmere Standard platform. Should retailers and brands wish to track their products from producer to shelf, they can access this platform. This will involve the payment of an annual fee.

For the purposes of registration, the retailer or brand must declare the (probable) supply chain that will be deployed to produce goods carrying The Good Cashmere Standard label. It is very important that both the ready garment manufacturer and the cashmere spinning mill are named.

The labels themselves can be purchased exclusively from:
Nilorn Germany GmbH,
Itterpark 7
40724 Hilden, Germany
+49 210 390 81 60
info@de.nilorn.com

The retailer or brand must instruct the ready garment manufacturer to purchase The Good Cashmere Standard labels from Nilorn Germany GmbH. Before they can do this, the ready garment manufacturer must register themselves on the Nilorn Germany GmbH platform. When purchasing labels, the ready garment manufacturer must provide the corresponding order documentation from the respective retailer or brand. In cooperation with Nilorn Germany GmbH the number of labels purchased is compared with the volume-related licence fee paid by the retailer or brand in order to ensure that the number of labels bought does not exceed the volume of goods covered by the licence fee.

Drive the change

Ready Garment Manufacturer (RGM)

The Ready Garment Manufacturer (RGM) buys the certified raw material, yarn or fabric from a source that is certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard. The manufacturer can attain a list of certified producers from the AbTF and needs to apply for The Good Cashmere Standard labels on the Nilorn Germany GmbH platform once the registration process has been completed. Detailed information regarding registration is available from the AbTF.

Once it has logged onto the platform, the manufacturer must provide the following information: a copy of the order sheet from the retailer/buyer, the quantity of labels needed, the name of the spinning mill(s), a copy of The Good Cashmere Standard certificate from where the cashmere was purchased (labels will only be sent if a valid certificate is provided) and a copy of the order sheet for the cashmere certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard.

The exact quantity of labels outlined in the order sheet will only be sent to the Ready Garment Manufacturer if all of the above-mentioned documents have been uploaded to the Nilorn Germany GmbH platform.

Spinning Mills

If a spinning mill wishes to be registered with AbTF, it must complete the registration form, which includes the acceptance of the AbTF Code of Conduct. The registration form is available online or on request from the AbTF.

Once the spinning mill has paid the registration fee, the AbTF will issue an invoice for the amount paid. As soon as both the completed registration form and the registration fee have been received by the AbTF, the spinning mill will be issued with a registration number and a registration certificate of The Good Cashmere Standard. This certificate is valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issue. At the end of this period, the AbTF will contact the spinning mill regarding reregistration. A spinning mill can only be registered with AbTF if they have purchased sustainable cashmere certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard. Proof of this purchase must be sent to the AbTF.

Farmers – Cashmere Producers

Cashmere Producers (buying stations or dehairing stations) need to apply for certification according to The Good Cashmere Standard. In order to apply, cashmere farmers must submit a self-assessment about their operations and conditions on their farms via the cashmere producer. The self-assessment questionnaire has been developed by the Aid by Trade Foundation and covers all aspects of sustainable cashmere production under The Good Cashmere Standard. Based on the results of the self-assessment and in consultation with AbTF, random on-site verifications of the farms are conducted to check the proper implementation of the standard.

The verification encompasses numerous aspects of goat keeping, -management and -transport as well as the harvesting, combing and shearing of the cashmere wool. After the documents submitted have been checked and approved, the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) will initiate the external certification according to the requirements of The Good Cashmere Standard. Should the certification process be successful, the cashmere producer will receive a certificate, which is valid for one year and allows them and the farmers to sell cashmere certified according to The Good Cashmere Standard.

In the course of the certification process, the cashmere producer must adhere to certain reporting criteria, which will be communicated by the AbTF.

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