SUSTAINABLE FIBRE ALLIANCE
creating a sustainable cashmere supply chain
Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice

Animal Welfare Code of Practice

Rangeland farming of the Cashmere goat in Mongolia is managed in line with customs and traditions that have been followed for centuries and are part of herding family culture. It is from this perspective that the Sustainable Fibre Alliance has produced these Code of practice guidelines which support the traditions of herding families and take account of the increasing interest shown by prospective purchasers of Cashmere fibre in animal welfare issues. The SFA Code of practice is underpinned by the internationally agreed principles of the Five Freedoms

 

Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice

Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice

Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice

The Rangeland Stewardship Code of practice describe how productive grasslands and their biodiversity must be managed with environmental and social considerations. A particular focus is to help develop the capacity of herder cooperatives to manage their rangelands sustainably. The Code of Practice requires that rangeland managers demonstrate their performance of good practice in adaptive management, as indicated by preparation, implementation and continual improvements in rangeland and wildlife resource assessment. Modules include; grassland management planning; monitoring and evaluation of planned implementation; and outcomes for rangeland resources and wildlife.

 

Animal Welfare Code of Practice

Animal Welfare Code of Practice

Animal Welfare Code of Practice

Rangeland farming of the cashmere goat managed in line with customs and traditions that have been followed for centuries and are part of the herding families’ culture. It is from this perspective that the Sustainable Fibre Alliance has produced these Code of Practice guidelines which are sensitive to herding families’ traditions and support customers’ increasing interest  in animal welfare issues. The SFA has developed a staged implementation. The initial step is training the trainer/leaders (train the trainer-ToT) of the cooperatives to introduce animal welfare guidelines to be followed by herders and herder cooperatives. These comply with the Code of Practice and those adhering are certified to use the ‘SFA Assured’ logo.

 

 

 

 

 

Internal Control System

Internal Control System

Internal Control Systems

In line with its strategic principle of working with herder communities, the SFA is road testing a new COP focused on the Internal Control Systems required for herder groups to qualify for accreditation.  There is a precedence for such requirements in other standard systems. Vast majority of world cashmere is produced by herders in family groups in small scale production system.  This internal control System toolkit is to assist these herder communities in measuring and ensuring continuous improvement. A new certificate of accreditation may be issued after external assessment. The SFA UK will maintain a database of accredited producer organisations, which is linked with the SFA's Chain of Custody Guidelines.