World of opportunity
On the 17th March 2020, the Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) was officially Launched, opening up a world of opportunity for the future of the mohair industry. Sustainability is a key factor in any industry and is one that has always played a vital role in the South African mohair industry. Over a decade ago, in 2009, the Sustainable Mohair Production Guidelines were introduced to the industry and saw the adoption of around 97% of South African mohair farmers. The partnership with Textile Exchange, and a renewed focus on a sustainable and ethical industry, allowed for a natural progression for the SA mohair industry to introduce a global standard.
The RMS was developed with keen pointers from our market, to ensure farming practices meet the progressive sustainability requirements of brands and retailers globally. Textile Exchange released a statement noting that the Responsible Mohair Standard (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 respects 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.
The Mohair partnership with Textile Exchange, the support of global brands & 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 the core focus, it is believed that shared knowledge and a vigorous commitment to continuous improvement are crucial ingredients for the future success of the industry. Sustainability is considered a journey, which will continue to grow and improve.