Responsible Cashmere Round Table (RCRT)

Why a Responsible Cashmere Round Table?

Cashmere comes with a host of sustainability issues that impact the areas of animal welfare, the environment, and societies, particularly in Mongolia. In response to interest and queries from brands, Textile Exchange is now facilitating the Responsible Cashmere Round Table (RCRT) as a means to bring together the industry with the aim to better understand the issues and opportunities surrounding cashmere production, as well as to have a common voice in the development of a market-based solution.

10 Reasons for a Responsible Cashmere Round Table

  1. To create a common understanding of the important social and environmental issues facing cashmere production.
  2. To create a shared awareness and understanding of the different programs and initiatives currently addressing issues in cashmere production.
  3. To identify the core needs to be addressed and determine the gaps that need to be addressed.
  4. To find ways to increase market support for best practices in cashmere production.
  5. To encourage and support brands and retailers to make commitments to source more responsible cashmere.
  6. To provide a pathway to grow the supply base over time.
  7. To build integrity in right from the start.
  8. To explore different business models and innovative financing schemes that will support better practices.
  9. To review improvements and monitor impacts.
  10. To support the development of a platform that will allow for clarity, alignment and support of the various initiatives that are active in Mongolia.

What is Round a Table?

A round table is a multi-stakeholder initiative designed to bring key players together to improve sector connectivity and explore ways to, pre-competitively, address barriers to success. It is important that outcomes benefit all.

The RCRT is meant to be a neutral space for stakeholders to learn, discuss and understand, and to provide aligned input into the solutions being developed.

Upcoming Meetings

RCRT Meeting #3
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 9:00 EST – 10:30 AM EST

2019 In-Person RCRT Meeting

The Responsible Cashmere Round Table (RCRT) will meet in-person on Tuesday, October 15, during the 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Please check back for more information on registering.
For more details on the 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference, please visit https://textileexchange.org/2019-conference/.

March 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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May 29, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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Get Involved

If you are interested in joining the Responsible Cashmere Round Table, or would like to learn more, please send us an email at ResponsibleCashmere@TextileExchange.org.

Industry Collaborations

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Textile Exchange and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are collaborating to align their respective efforts to promote multi-stakeholder collaboration that will lead to global understanding and support for best practices in cashmere herding in Mongolia.

Textile Exchange has established the Responsible Cashmere Round Table, with the objectives to:

  • To create a common understanding of the important social and environmental issues facing cashmere production.
  • To create a shared awareness and understanding of the different programs and initiatives currently addressing issues in cashmere production.
  • To find ways to increase market support for best practices in cashmere production.
  • To support the development of a platform that will allow for clarity, alignment and support of the various initiatives that are active in Mongolia to address herding practices.
  • To support the development of a standard for farmed cashmere, that is typical of Inner Mongolia.
  • To educate the industry, media, and consumers about the current state of the global cashmere industry, the challenges it faces, and the opportunity to support best practices for a sustainable supply chain.

The goals of the UNDP are to:

  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder collaborations for systemic change and advance positioning Mongolia as a leading producer of Sustainable Cashmere by accelerating current efforts.
  • Support the Government of Mongolia in the implementation of its Cashmere Program 2018-21 and the development of upcoming policies and programs on the cashmere sector from a sustainability perspective.
  • Jointly identify best mechanisms for national dialogues and collective actions for the acceleration of the Sustainable Cashmere value chain.
  • Develop recommendations for corporate strategies for sourcing Sustainable Cashmere.

Industry Events & Announcements

Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration for Systemic Change: The Case of Sustainable Cashmere in Mongolia

When: June 12, 2019 | 8:30am5:30pm
Where: UN House, UNDP Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
Hosted by: UNDP Mongolia

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