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A fantastic start for our new Sustainable Cashmere certification

Certifying sustainable cashmere

Control Union was recently approved as a certification body by the Sustainable Fibre Alliance to certify for its Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA) - Cashmere Standard. 

The SFA was established to tackle sustainability challenges in the production of cashmere, in particular the welfare of the goats, the environmental impact of farming them, and the social welfare of the herders who care for them. Developed in 2015, the standard is already well used in the textiles industry, with clients ranging from luxury brands to household names. 

First client to gain SFA Cashmere certification through Control Union

We are delighted to announce that we have now awarded our first certification against this standard. The certification covers cashmere sourced in Mongolia by King Deer, for sale through the household name C&A.

Catherine Louies, Head of Transparency & Circular Innovation at C&A comments:

“It is important for us to support the SFA's work on the ground to drive positive change within the cashmere industry. As part of our 2028 sustainability strategy, C&A is committed to acting as leader in increasing the use of more sustainable materials and protecting animal welfare throughout its supply chain. We are proud to be amongst the first brands to be certified by Control Union, to bring cashmere through our supply chain as part of our sustainability commitment and enable customers to make sustainability choices easy.”

Regarding the adoption of the Cashmere standard, Mr Eugene Tong, Sales Director and Vice President of King Deer stated:

“Together we need to adapt to a changing environment and find new sustainable solutions to ensure our businesses, and the planet we all rely on, are in better shape for tomorrow.”

And Una Jones, CEO & Founder of the SFA has said:

“We are excited to see the first SFA Cashmere Standard hangtags on clothing in C&A stores this Autumn. C&A and Kingdeer have committed to sourcing cashmere responsibly by supporting a more transparent supply chain and high animal welfare standards.”

Franco Constantini, Managing Director of Control Union UK adds:

“As increasing numbers of supply chains are being certified against the SFA Cashmere Standard, it is fantastic to see this broad commitment to sustainable cashmere from the textiles and apparel industries.”

For more information about certification against the standard visit , call +44 (0)20 7488 2210 or email

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