creating a sustainable cashmere supply chain

Governance and Committees

Our Activities

Governance and Committee

Collaboration by the corporate community sector is the key to achieving sustainable cashmere fibre production. For this reason the Sustainable Fibre Alliance builds a strong business case for corporate community investment through building the capacities of the cashmere fibre production community to deal the challenges of environmental change. To support this business case the organisation has been structured in the following ways:

The Board of Trustees

The board determines the strategic direction of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance. Board members also fulfil an ambassadorial role for championing sustainable practices that support the production of cashmere throughout the supply chain increasing the understanding of the role of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance through their network of contacts. Each board member brings specialist skills to support the work of the alliance to ensure that the organisation develops in line with the expectations of its members and supporters.

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Our Delivery Mechanisms

Our work starts at the very beginning of the chain with herder households and herder cooperatives. Our delivery mechanisms are locally based and operate on the ground in Mongolia. Personnel have recent and relevant knowledge of the cashmere supply chain working with herding families to provide a holistic service that has sustainability at its heart. Using our Codes of Practice to anchor our training programmes we encourage collective action by herding families to cascade good practice as peripatetic trainers.

Partnership Working

Whilst a structure to facilitate the delivery of programmes that address environmental challenges is important, it is not the whole story and the Sustainable Fibre Alliance recognises that it is imperative to integrate its activities within cashmere fibre value chain. Relationships and partnerships have been formed with diverse organisations that will help our response to the sustainability agenda. Care is being taken to ensure that our activities compliment or support existing activities in this field, taking due cognisance of political and administrative factors.

By working collaboratively with partner brands and retailers, manufacturers, fibre agents, biodiversity conservation organisations, trade associations and NGO’s, regional cooperatives we can ensure that we maximise our impact on the ground and we scale our work to reach further afield.

We also work through our excellent Sustainable Cashmere Working Group. This working group consists of 14 involved professionals and practitioners from our supporting members network, providing invaluable support to further accelerate sustainable development. These enhance the effectiveness of SFA, taking forward the long term needs of the individual supply chain as well as industry's sustainability. The working group meetings and round table meetings provide a platform to share knowledge explore opportunities to work together and promote active participation from wider value chain stakeholders.  They continue to make a significant contribution to a range of developments including standards, financial service, innovative solutions, incentives and benefits, building traceability/transparency and committed in our longer term direction.

We are also facilitating Scientific and Technical Committee (STC). This Committee involves number of international and national organisations working in land management, research and conservation. The role of committee is to support implementation of the SFA Grassland CoP and inform its revision and improvement over time, with the following roles and functions:

  • To serve as a platform for exchange of information, research methods, research results and experiences related to implementation of the Grassland CoP;
  • To enable coordination of research and innovation activities among members and other stakeholders, including identifying knowledge gaps and areas where coordinated action can help fill those gaps;
  • To facilitate dissemination of information on good practices in the implementation of the Grassland CoP

Focal topics will be defined by the members of the STC based on their ongoing activities and interests, but may include: Rangeland or ecological health assessment, Community-based wildlife monitoring methods, Community-based approaches for planning grazing, wildlife conservation and other natural resource management activities, Methods for monitoring and assessing social or environmental outcomes and impacts.