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Public Consultation on Clean Fibre Processing (review) is now open…

Posted by Fiona Jones

The public consultation on the review of The Clean Fibre Processing Code of Practice is open until September 30th. Click here to access the public summary and relevant documents.

Public Consultation on SFA x ICCAW Goat Welfare Code of Practice now open…

Posted by Fiona Jones

The first round of public consultation is now open until the 16th October please follow the link for the public summary.

Summer 2020 Bulletin

Posted by Fiona Jones

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We’re hiring…

Posted by Fiona Jones

We’re looking for a communications and marketing officer and an administrator to joing our team.

Job descriptions below:

Communications and Marketing Officer

Administrator

Good Herding Podcasts

Posted by Fiona Jones

May 2020

This month the SFA Mongolia team has released the first podcast in a series on good herding practices, during cashmere season. This is just one in a series of new ways that the SFA in Mongolia are engaging with herders, which includes videos, a TV series with Khan Bank and handbooks. All of these training materials will be expanded in response to COVID restrictions.

The Chain of Custody has started!

Posted by Fiona Jones

April 2020

The bags have been stamped, the labels have been printed and for the first time, we are about to trace cashmere fibre from the herders through the entire supply chain to the shop floor. Participating companies have been announced in the Chain of Custody pathways. This cashmere season, SFA herding communities have been preparing their fibre by colour and quality. Herding communities in the Ovorkhangai and South Gobi regions have just received their SFA Transaction Certificates and are the first step in our chain of custody pilot.

SFA X ICCAW Inner Mongolia Collaboration

Posted by Fiona Jones

SFA is proud to announce that we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Cooperation Committee on Animal Welfare (ICCAW) to cooperate in jointly developing and implementing a joint Code of Practice for accreditation of animal welfare and environmental sustainability of cashmere production in China. The Code of Practice will provide specific guidance for herding families and companies on how to implement ICCAW’s Cashmere Goat Farm Animal Welfare Requirements and will be implementable within SFA’s Sustainable Cashmere Standard.

Q1 Newsletter 2020

Posted by Fiona Jones

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Sustainable Cashmere Working Group Meeting, 28.04.20

Posted by Fiona Jones

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, Webinar, Time: 10.30 – 13:00 pm BST

With a total of 40 attendants, we heard from a wide range of perspectives about the impacts of Covid-19 on the sector and how the SFA can respond.

We are now taking expressions of interest to be part of the SFA Covid-19 Working Group. This group will be coordinated by our Chair, Chas Hubbard, and its primary task will be to assist in the development of our Covid-19 Action Plan

The meeting also included an update on the SFA Chain or Custody and our work in Inner Mongolia.

Animal Welfare Working Group, 04.06.20

Posted by Fiona Jones

Thursday 4th June 2020: 10:30 – 12:10. BST, Webinar.

As part of the webinar, Zara Morris-Trainor gave a presentation explaining the differences between the pastoral and farm-based systems in the context of the internationally recognized Five Freedoms framework, which form the base level for SFA’s codes of practice in animal welfare. 

Mr. Ayoshi Ayongxi of the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW),  talked us through the requirements of the joint code of practice for cashmere goats in Inner Mongolia. 

Members also shared their approach in protecting cashmere’s reputation.