creating a sustainable cashmere supply chain
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SFA Standard System


SFA Standard System

The SFA Standard System was developed with key industry stakeholders, engaging herder cooperatives, national and international biodiversity and conservation exerts. The SFA Standard System will serve as a recognised industry benchmark for sustainable cashmere production in the future. 

The standard is underpinned by the SFA’s n Codes of Practice (CoP)- Rangeland Stewardship and Animal Welfare. These were developed  through wide consultation both in Mongolia and internationally. These key Codes of Practice safeguard our sustainable approach to cashmere production and create a pathway to achieving economic, social and environmental viability. The SFA’s Codes of Practices and capacity building approach are based on robust research and development and supported by leading researchers and practitioners from multidisciplinary backgrounds (social, economic, environmental, educational and anthropological scientific). Key areas of activity include –

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A. Overarching strategic principles

  1. The SFA will develop a sustainability standard system (as opposed to a technical standard) for cashmere production, in line with guidance laid out by ISEAL.
  2. The SFA standard system will have global application, but will focussed on improving practices at herder level. Expansion of the standard system to include other aspects will be explored within a 3-5 year horizon.
  3. The implementation of the SFA standard will be delivered through working with herder groups. These may be formal cooperatives or other groupings, but will be prioritised over working with individual herders.

Nutag Framework

The SFA implements a sustainable model of cashmere production through a holistic approach called the “Nutag Framework”.  The Nutag framework is essentially an approach for building capacity, and strengthening regional resilience by building on traditional natural resource management practices of herder communities and incorporating scientific knowledge and best practice methods. It is essential to build on local knowledge and practices in order to promote lasting change. The Nutag framework views people and the environment as one system, continually adapting through cycles of change. The framework addresses Ecological, Economic and Socio-cultural pillars of sustainability through better herding practices that leads to improved environmental regeneration and long term profitability for herding families, thus helping preserve nomadic culture and a traditional way of life.

Codes of Practice + Work Programme's

The SFA simplified its Codes of Practice (COP) to address the core elements of sustainability for cashmere goat herders.  The new, simplified COP and work programme's are as follows –

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Codes of Practice (CoP)

The SFA have ongoing capacity building activities in its herding communities and herder cooperative as per its CoP as well as “Train the Trainer” and “Young herder Training Programmes”. All underpinning SFA’s training manuals and material have been distributed to project sites to herding communities and it’s been well received by herders.