Five Small Steps:
What It Takes for Your Company to Become a Licensed Partner of Cotton made in Africa
Whether for fashion collections, clothes, workwear, or home textiles, the Cotton made in Africa label is suitable for all types of products. Integration takes five simple steps.
Step One: Contact ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH
Once you have decided to integrate CmiA cotton into your supply chain, contact ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH. ATAKORA markets the sustainable cotton from the Cotton made in Africa initiative for the Aid by Trade Foundation.
Step Two: Conclude a Licensing Agreement With ATAKORA
Conclude a licensing agreement with ATAKORA that stipulates the terms regulating:
- Your right to use CmiA cotton and to furnish the final product with the Cotton made in Africa label
- The obligation to produce textiles with the CmiA label only in accordance with our Code of Conduct
- Your obligation to inform ATAKORA of the amount of CmiA cotton purchased or of the quantity of CmiA-labelled items produced and to pay the corresponding licensing fees
Step Three: Choose Between the Mass Balance or Hard Identity Preserved Systems
Choose one of the two systems below to precisely define the degree of transparency and integration of Cotton made in Africa cotton within your supply chain:
Step Four: Inform Your Supply Chain
You inform your suppliers and partners in the supply chain about your decision to join Cotton made in Africa and about your chosen implementation system (Mass Balance or Hard Identity Preserved). When fulfilling orders, CmiA requirements must be communicated throughout the entire supply chain (generally comprising the importer, supplier, fabric producer, and spinning mill) and must be reflected in all documentation.
Step Five: Reporting via SCOT
In addition, your company is obligated to regularly provide CmiA’s SCOT Tracking System with data on CmiA orders, including information about suppliers, product items, and order quantities.