The Good Cashmere Standard
We are devoted to the responsible production of our sustainable cashmere.
Our garments are produced in compliance with the Good Cashmere Standard.
THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD by AbTF
The Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation.
Founded in 2019 with the aim of creating, promoting and implementing a benchmark standard for sustainable cashmere, it ensures that both our spinners and herders are trained and competent. Furthermore, it requires that goat farming activities protect the land and do not cause pollution.
One of the key principles of the GCS is that goat farming should have no negative impact on the environment, especially on the land and biodiversity.
THE GOOD CASHMERE STANDARD
THE THREE MAIN PRINCIPLES ARE:
1. Promote Animal Welfare in cashmere production.
2. Supports cashmere farmers to secure a sustainable source of income.
3. Protect the environment.
Additionally, the Good Cashmere Standard defines a social criteria for both small and large farms, which governs issues such as the rights of children and workers, gender equality, correct payment as well as health and safety.
Animal welfare is at the core of The Good Cashmere Standard. It combines the Five Freedoms as defined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council.
Under these guidelines no animal should be subjected to hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease.
Furthermore, animals must also have the freedom to express normal behaviour and live a life free from fear and distress.
The GCS contains clear and extensive criteria regarding:
- Food, water and nutrition
- Indoor/outdoor living environment
- Health, herd, breeding and kid management
- Physical alterations
- Combing and shearing
- Handling and transport
- Euthanasia and slaughter
The GCS certification means we have constant communication with experts along the textile supply chain, and acts as a benchmark to reassure you that our cashmere is sustainably and responsibly produced.