The latest news from the office of Mohair South Africa is that it has launched the Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) in order to drive a sustainble and ethical mohair industry.
“South Africa is the global leader in mohair production and it took a substantial journey to reach this day,” said Lindsay Humphreys, general manager and head of sustainability at Mohair South Africa. “We can, with great excitement, announce the launch of the RMS which was developed by the global non-profit, Textile Exchange.”
Textile Exchange, whose members include several brands and retailers, specialise in the development of codes of best practice. The non-profit has been working closely with the South African mohair industry to develop a standard that would assist the global mohair value chain to ensure responsible sourcing from an industry that drives sustainable and ethical production practices.
Introducing a global standard
Sustainable mohair production guidelines were first introduced to the industry in 2009 and were successfully adopted, with 97% of South African mohair farmers complying. It was a natural progression for the industry to introduce a global standard, developed in partnership with our market, to ensure that farming practices meet the progressive sustainability goals of global brands and retailers.
In a statement released from their USA office, Textile Exchange noted that the RMS follows the model of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), one of the world’s most widely adopted standards for wool production.
“The newly released Responsible Mohair Standard verifies and identifies mohair produced in farming systems that respect animal welfare and the environment. The RMS applies a strong assurance system to perform regular audits of the farms and to track the material to the final product. The RMS is designed to ensure that animal welfare outcomes are delivered, and that the goats are humanely treated, healthy and well cared for,” stated Hanna Denes, senior manager of standards at Textile Exchange.
She added that it was heartening to see the passion shared by all the people involved in the industry – from the farmers who tend to animals and their land, to the mills processing the fibre, the brands making mohair products, and the industry associations engaging with all involved to develop solutions.
Lindsay Humphreys at MSA commented that the partnership with Textile Exchange, the support of global brands and retailers and the progressive approach of the South African mohair industry, will ensure the long-term growth and improvement of the sector. “With sustainability being our core focus, we believe that shared knowledge and a vigorous commitment to continuous improvement, are crucial ingredients for the future success of the industry. For us sustainability is considered a journey, which we will continue to grow and improve on,” she said.
For more information, contact Riaan Marais at Mohair South Africa on 041 581 1681 or send an email to email@example.com. – Carin Venter, AgriOrbit