The Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI)
A group of 40 companies that have been improving the quality and sustainability of cashmere and camel hair to protect customers, the products and the supply chain.
The proper and transparent content labeling of products made of cashmere and fine wool protects the right of consumers to recognize quality products and distinguish them from those of lesser value. The CCMI has supported such accurate labelling for years through random testing and enforcement programs and has always acted to counter frauds. It has also tried to warn consumers about disingenuous “great deals” on cashmere products that are sometimes promoted on the basis of generalized claims that can be neither proven nor disproven, like “world class,” “best,” or “sustainable,” but are not necessarily of high quality.
True sustainability in all phases of the supply chain, from breeders to retailers, is a goal, not a characteristic. It begins with consumer recognition that cashmere and fine wool are premium fibers uniquely suited for high quality and luxury goods. Education of the public plays an important role in explaining this important fact, and in avoiding undue emphasis on increasing the volume of cashmere production at the expense of quality, such as by using poor quality cashmere fiber, or taking “recycling” cashmere from used garments to make less durable and lower quality fabric.
Among the members of the CCMI, there are big multinational groups and smaller family-owned companies with great tradition and unmatched craftsmanship. Most have decades, if not over a century, of history that is the best demonstration of social sustainability of the communities in which they operate. Some of our members are also investing directly in initiatives to reconstruct an economy and support local communities in places where war has been the only reality for decades.
All members are committed to quality products made through the best practices with the highest standard in environmental protection, against cruelty and abuse of all animals; furthermore, they invest to improve their processes further year after year.
Introduction to the Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI)
January 17, 2024
10:00AM - 11:00AM (ET)