Shaniko: Jeanne Carver receives award from US...

Jeanne Carver receives award from US sheep industry

(Source: Shaniko)
(Source: Shaniko)

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), Englewood, CO/USA, which represents 100,000 ranchers and 45 state sheep industry associations in the USA, has presented Jeanne Carver, president and founder of Shaniko, with the 2023 Innovation Award.
The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of an individual or organization that has improved the US sheep industry in a game-changing way. Carver has been pioneering her own path in the industry for 25 years. During the 1990’s, when the industry was feeling the pressure of offshoring in textile processing and manufacturing, along with consolidation in the food sector and import pressures on lamb, Carver led her family out of commodity wool and lamb sales to direct sale and marketing of wool and lamb products.
Around 2015, when the international textile market was moving toward third-party certification of wool, Carver’s become the first ranch in the world certified to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This certification sets strict standards for the handling of sheep stock, land conservation and worker safety.
In 2018, Carver took what she had learned during the RWS certification of her own ranch and formed Shaniko Wool Company (SWC), Maupin, OR/USA, to scale the supply of RWS-certified US Merino wool available to US apparel brands.
In early 2020, Carver formed a research team and launched a Carbon Measurement Initiative for the Shaniko Wool farm group to determine the ecosystem and climate impacts of each ranching operation. In 2022, she further expanded the reach of Shaniko Wool Company by signing an exclusive licensing agreement with the Chargeurs Group, Paris/France, which is one of one of the largest wool suppliers in the world.
The new Chargeurs-Shaniko Wool Company joint regenerative wool program was formally introduced to global apparel markets in November 2022 under the name, NativaRegen-Shaniko. Backed by Blockchain technology, NativaRegen-Shaniko is fully traceable from farm to end product and dual certified under the RWS and NativaRegen, a third-party certified standard developed by Chargeurs.
This is the only wool grown in North America that is certified under the RWS at both farm and mill levels. Chargeurs’ US wool scouring mill in Jamestown, SC, earned RWS certification in 2022.

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