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 report the amount of CmiA cotton purchased or the number of items produced with the CmiA label to ATAKORA 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 Suppliers

Inform suppliers and partners in your supply chain about your decision to use Cotton made in Africa. 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

ATAKORA must regularly receive reports from you regarding mass measurements, production countries, producers, etc. in accordance with the signed licensing agreement.

  • Our Support

    Cotton made in Africa smooths the way into using sustainable raw material in mass markets by providing advice and support for their integration into existing procurement structures, offering:

    • Management and procurement information through workshops at the head office of CmiA partner organisations
    • Qualification of import or sourcing organisations in procurement markets in order to ensure cost-neutral integration of CmiA cotton
    • Information about spinning mills and fabric producers that work with CmiA systems in order to guarantee smooth and rapid production in accordance with CmiA requirements
    • Integration of existing suppliers in your value chain into the Cotton made in Africa system

    Current news and information about cotton prices and planned workshops are available on our CmiA supply chain App .

Downloads/ Additional Information

More detailed data and materials are available for download here, including the Chain of Custody Guideline, communication guidelines for marketing as well as links to the CmiA supply chain App for Android and iOS.

CmiA Chain of Custody Guideline
Chain of Custody Guideline
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
List of CmiA registered partners in the textile value chain
Cotton Companies CmiA-BCI
Cotton Trader
Spinning Mills & Fabric Producers
Forms and guidelines for CmiA registration
Spinning Mills Registration Guideline
Fabric Mills Registration Guideline
Registration Template for CmiA Suppliers (yarns, fabrics & garments)

Communication guidelines

Please send us a message if you are interested in our communication guidelines.

Download our Supply Chain App here:

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“Cotton made in Africa is our reliable partner for supporting a fair and sustainable cotton production in Africa.”
 title= Anke Ehlers Managing Director Corporate Responsibility International,
ALDI SOUTH Group

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:

Your contact persons
supplychain@abt-foundation.org.