The Good Cashmere Standard® (GCS)
The Good Cashmere Standard® (GCS) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A spinning mill (SM) purchases dehaired cashmere from a certified Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) source and processes it into yarn. Every SM that wishes to register with GCS must fill in the GCS registration form, which includes acceptance of the GCS code of conduct. The form is available online or can be requested from GCS. Completed forms are kept on file by GCS for reference. The SM must pay a registration fee. An invoice for the current fee is issued by GCS. Each SM must present proof of its purchase of cashmere from a GCS certified source. The proof must contain the source’s name and the quantity of GCS cashmere. The SM will get access to CATS as soon as they are registered and have purchased cashmere from a certified source.
Retailers and Brands
In order to use our sustainable cashmere and labelling, retailers and brands must first conclude a licence agreement for The Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) 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.
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.
The List of Good Cashmere Standard Certified Spinning Mills
|Spinner Country of production||Information||Contact person Email address|
|Artwell Holdings Hong Kong Beijing Snowlotus China||> fiber fineness is in average 15.5 microns and length is in 36-48 mm > 100% cashmere or 10%-90% cashmere blend yarn in woolen 2/10, 2/12, 2/16, 2/18, 2/24, 2/26, 2/27, 2/28, 2/30, 2/32, 2/36, 2/40, 2/42, 2/46 and in worsted/semiworsted: 2/48 to 2/120||Helen Cheng [email protected] Jun Wei [email protected] Brian Vu [email protected]|
|Botto Giuseppe Italy||> 14,8 - 15,5 micron from Alashan area > flair: 2/28-2/48-2/60-2/803/80 > cashmere stretch fabrics||Silvio Botto Poala [email protected]|
|Chifeng Dongrong Cashmere Group China||> Raw cashmere and dehaired cashmere fiber > Woollen cashmere and cashmere blended yarn > woven cashmere fabric, knitted/woven products||Lassie Luo [email protected]|
|China Union (Cashmere) International Group Ltd. Hong Kong||> 100% Cashmere, Silk/Cashmere, Wool/Cashmere, Cotton/Cashmere > knitted fabric, garments and accessoires||Tom Ngai [email protected]|
|Consinee Group China||Channie Chang [email protected]|
|Evershine Cashmere Products Factory China||> 100% Cashmere||Milly Zhang [email protected]|
|Filidea Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret AS Turkey||> cashmere for cottonised system 26-36 mm > blended yarn up to 40% cashmere > cotton cashmere-viscose cashmere etc.||Merve Samanli [email protected]|
|HaoSeng Cashmere Products Co. Ltd. China||Gao Mian [email protected]|
|Hebei Haoli Technology Co., Ltd China||> fineness: 13.5-16.2 um and length 28mm to 44 mm > 14nm/1, 15nm/1, 16nm/1, 26nm/2, 48nm/2, 68nm/3, 80nm/2, 90nm/3||Ada Cui [email protected]|
|Hebei Hongye Cashmere Co., Ltd China||> 38/40 mm; 15.5-15.8 um > 28/2 cashmere yarn||Sophia Zhang [email protected]|
|Hebei Venice Cashmere Textile Co. Ltd. China||Tang Zonjian [email protected]|
|Hebei Yuheng Cashmere Co. Ltd. China||> 100% Cashmere Yarns||Kerry Xu [email protected]|
|Hebei Yuhong Cashmere Products Co. Ltd China||> A grade / B grade cashmere standard > cashmere and cashmere blend > 2/26 nm , 2/36nm . 2/48nm 100% Cashmere , 70/30 Wool / Cashmere , 90/10 Wool / Cashmere||Fuxia Wang Kerry Xu [email protected] [email protected]|
|Huzhou Gaosheng Textiles Co. Ltd China||> 15um-17.5um > 2/12NM-2/52NM / dyed yarns||Leon / Jamie Shen [email protected]|
|Huzhou (Zhejiang) Kekexilil Cashmere Co. Ltd China||> micron: 15.5 - 16.5 um and fiber length: 30mm - 38 mm; woolen spinning||Henry Hung [email protected]|
|Inner Mongolia Eerduosi Resources Co. Ltd. China||> fiber length: 22-36 mm and micron: 15.8 - 16 um > 12s/2,16s/2, 20s/2, 22s/2, 24s/2, 26s/2, 36s/2, 48s/2, 52s/2, 60s/2, 68s/3, woven yarn 14s/1, 16s/1||Alva Cheung [email protected]|
|Inner Mongolia Kingdeer Cashmere Company Limited China||Anny Chao [email protected]|
|Jiangsu Lianghong Textiles China||Cuiling Lu [email protected]|
|Jiangsu Hongma Voile Industry Co., Ltd China||> Fineness: 16-17um > Length attribute: 28-30mm > Semi-worted spinning/ mule spinning/ Ring spinning||Mao Faming [email protected]|
|Jiangsu Lugang Science&Technology Co. Ltd China||Kitty Qin Carry Ren [email protected] [email protected]|
|Jiangsu Xinfang Science&Technology Group Co.,Ltd China||> length 30-40 mm; maximum fibre diameter 15.3 micron > fancy / woolen / semi-worsted / worsted yarns||Junyang Li [email protected]|
|Jiaxing Zhiyu Textile Co. Ltd China||> fiber diameter < 15.8 um and fibre lenght > 32-34 mm; woolen and semi-worsted spinning pure cashmere and cashmere blend yarns||Jingjing Wangying [email protected]|
|Jinbo Cashmere Products China||Judy Zhu [email protected]|
|Millefili Spa Italy||> white for white 36 mm and micron 15.5 um > carded yarns NM 2/28||Rosita Baldi [email protected]|
|Moro Cashmere (subsidiary company of Yuteng) China||> fiber length: 34-36 mm; 36-38 mm and micron is 15.5 - 16.6 um > 100% cashmere yarns, wool cashmere blended yarns||Sammy Chan [email protected] Susan Kwong [email protected]|
|Tongxiang Yunsheng Textile Co. Ltd. China||> 70% wool, 30% GCS cashmere > 90% wool, 10% GCS cashmere||Rock Li [email protected]|
|UPW Limited Hong Kong||> micron: 15.5 - 16.5 in woolen yarn, semi-worsted yarn, fancy yarn; Cashmere 100%, Cashmere Merino, Cashmere Cotton||Kwan Lieu [email protected]|
|Novetex Textiles Ltd. Hong Kong||> cashmere pure or blended knitting yarn > 2/26 ~ 2/28NM pure cashmere > 2/32NM 95% cotton 5% cashmere > 2/28NM 70% extra fine merino wool 30% cashmere ...||Guang Fu He [email protected]|
|Zhejiang Kehong Textiles Co. Ltd. China||> 100% cashmere yarns||Kerry Xu [email protected]|
|Zhejiang Kingston > diameter of the fiber is 13-18 uM > 16NM-80NM/2 Textile China||Gu Zhongming [email protected]|
|Zhejiang Springair > fiber diameter < 15.8 um and fibre lenght > 32-34 mm; woolen and Import and Export semi-worsted spinning pure cashmere and cashmere blend yarns Co. Ltd. China||Joe Zhang [email protected]|
|Zhejiang Zhongding > micron: 15.5 and 34-36 mm and others Textile (ZD) China||Vicky Qiang [email protected]|