Three steps

Your Collaboration With Cotton made in Africa

With Cotton made in Africa, you can help to enshrine sustainability in the textile supply chain.

Step One: Signing the Contract

You sign a partnership agreement with ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH – the marketing company of the Aid by Trade Foundation – and pay an annual partnership fee. Then you gain the right to trade in the following qualities of cotton:

  • CmiA cotton (Cotton made in Africa)
  • SCS cotton (Sustainable Cotton Standard)
  • CmiA-Organic cotton (Cotton made in Africa-Organic)
  • CmiA-BCI cotton (one of the three aforementioned types sold exclusively in the BCI supply chain)

You need a partnership contract with us even if you only sell CmiA cotton under the CmiA-BCI label.

Step Two: Purchasing CmiA Cotton

You must purchase CmiA cotton exclusively from verified cotton companies. There are no minimum or maximum amounts. Please regularly verify that the cotton company holds a valid verification certificate for the relevant harvest period, e.g. by checking our website. We cannot guarantee CmiA verification beyond the current certificate’s expiration date, for example for the purpose of drawing up futures contracts.

Step Three: Reporting via SCOT

Every month, you enter your purchases and sales of CmiA cotton – including each of the four listed quality levels – into the supply chains of CmiA and BCI or toother cotton traders – into CmiA’s SCOT Tracking System.

Benefits of a Strategic Partnership

There are two different types of partnership with Cotton made in Africa:

  • Regular Partnership
  • Strategic Partnership

Feel free to contact us if you wish to become a strategic partner. As a strategic partner, you gain a special role in the initiative’s network and support us in the simultaneous development and expansion of sustainable cotton supply chains .

“As a strategic partner of the Aid by Trade Foundation, we are convinced that agricultural training leads to a better income for smallholder farmers in Africa. In the end, everyone in the supply chain benefits.”
 title= Marco Bänninger Head Trader Hand Picked Cotton,
Paul Reinhart AG

You have Questions?

Cotton made in Africa smooths the way for using sustainable raw materials in the mass market by providing you with advice and support for integration into existing procurement structures. Feel free to contact us by email:

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