Sustainable Cashmere Union is supported by a variety of stakeholders from different backgrounds: our partners.
Our close collaboration is based on institutions, NGOs, processors, manufacturers, customers… who ensure the sustainability of the product while adhering to the values promoted by Sustainable Cashmere Union.
Whether through technical, logistical or financial support, everyone contributes to the building and is an integral part of this virtuous circle of consumption.
Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières – AVSF – is a French NGO founded in 1977. Its missions, internationally, revolve around helping pastoral communities to ensure their livelihoods, in the maintenance of ecosystems.
In 2014, it created, through technical and administrative support, the first sustainable cashmere industry in the world. Respectful of man, animal and their environment. In order to enhance the value of this golden fleece within a fragile ecosystem vulnerable to all kinds of aggressions (overgrazing, dzud -extreme weather conditions making grazing impossible-, mining…) the breeders have grouped together in cooperatives, 5 in number.
In 2022, the sustainable cashmere network extends throughout Mongolia. It now forms a network of 670 families through 11 cooperatives located in the regions of Bayankhongor, Arkhangai and Khentii, united under Sustainable Cashmere Union. The objective is to market the cashmere of their members at a better price, for a fair remuneration. In return, the breeders commit themselves to limit the unfavorable impact of their herds on the environment while taking care of the animal’s health.
The National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Cooperatives (NAMAC) is a Mongolian non-governmental organization which was reorganized in 1992. The Supreme Council of Agricultural Cooperatives, the forerunner of NAMAC, was founded in 1967 and has played an important role in increasing the efficiency of agricultural production, improving the living standards of the rural population and developing educational and cultural welfare.
The creation of an association of agricultural cooperatives has opened up new opportunities not only in the development of cooperatives, but also in the intensification of economic and cultural development, as well as in the increase of the country’s production capacity.
NAMAC’s member cooperatives include more than 100,000 individual members, 38,000 households throughout Mongolia and approximately 200,000 people benefit from cooperative activity. Sustainable Cashmere Union and its members are among them.