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-verified cotton from authorised traders. Please specifically order CmiA cotton; ordering only African cotton is not enough. In addition, Cotton made in Africa must be mentioned on contracts and invoices. For your initial registration please send us a suitable document as proof of purchase. All further CmiA cotton purchases will then be entered in the SCOT Tracking System by the cotton traders and be added to your cotton balance with your acknowledgement.
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 before. As soon as your mass balance becomes negative, new CmiA cotton must be ordered.
Step Five: Reporting via SCOT
Every month, you enter your CmiA yarn sales into CmiA’s SCOT Tracking System or use the system to acknowledge your business partners’ purchases of CmiA yarn.
Your CmiA cotton purchases are added to your cotton balance after being entered into SCOT by the cotton traders and being acknowledged by you.
This applies even if your spinning mill is part of a multi-part or vertical production operation and produces the CmiA yarn for its own use.