Five steps

You Are the Deciding Link in the Chain

None of this works without you because the cotton could not be fashioned into clothing without you.

The following steps apply first and foremost to the CmiA mass balance system (MB). If you or your clients wish to use the hard identity preserved system, additional requirements will need to be met.

Step One: Purchase CmiA Cotton

This is the most important step. Purchase CmiA-certified cotton from authorised traders. Please order CmiA cotton specifically: African cotton is not a sufficient guarantee of quality. In addition, Cotton made in Africa status must be specified on contracts and invoices. Please send us a suitable document as proof of purchase.

Step Two: Register Your Company With ATAKORA

Register your company with ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH, the Aid by Trade Foundation’s marketing association. At this stage, you will be asked to provide additional information about your products and to appoint a contact person to coordinate integration with CmiA.

Step Three: Pay the Registration Fee and Receive a Certificate

After paying the registration fee, your spinning mill will receive a CmiA certificate valid for one year, and it will be added to all relevant lists and databases as a CmiA yarn supplier. Potential clients now know that they can purchase CmiA yarn from your spinning mill.

Step Four: Mass Balance Monitoring

As a registered spinning mill, you are entitled to produce and sell as much CmiA yarn as you have purchased CmiA cotton. As soon as your mass balance becomes negative, new CmiA cotton must be ordered.

Step Five: Reporting

You are required to report your CmiA cotton purchases and CmiA yarn sales to ATAKORA Fördergesellschaft GmbH every month. This applies even if your spinning mill is integrated in a multi-part or vertical production operation and has produced CmiA yarn for its own use.

  • Revocation of Certificates

    Incomplete or incorrect monthly reports or a negative mass balance without a timely new order of CmiA cotton will result in the spinning mill’s previously valid certificate being revoked. This involves deletion from the corresponding databases and lists as well as a notice being sent to all CmiA partners. However, re-registration at a later date is possible.

Important Information

The following information is also important for processing CmiA cotton:

  • CmiA-certified cotton can be integrated into normal production.
  • A spinning mill can register with Cotton made in Africa at any time, even if the ordered CmiA cotton has not yet arrived at the warehouse. A corresponding proof of purchase is sufficient.
  • CmiA cotton can be ordered by registered spinning mills at any time, for example when prices are low but the mass balance is not yet negative.
  • CmiA cotton may also be used to produce yarn for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). In this case, you need to order the CmiA/BCI cotton type from the trader. However, BCI cotton cannot be declared or sold as CmiA cotton.

Downloads/Additional Information

More detailed data and materials are available for download here, including registration forms and guidelines, the current list of all CmiA cotton traders, Chain of Custody Guidelines, the Code of Conduct, and links to the CmiA supply chain app for Android and iOS.

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

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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 at

Your contact persons
supplychain@abt-foundation.org.