Known worldwide for the finest cashmere and unique nomadic culture, Mongolia has approved the National MNS 6926:2021 - Standard for Sustainable Textile Production, in line with key government policies, including the country’s long-term development policy Vision 2050 and the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The National Standard was officially approved by the Textile Technical Committee of the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology, Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia, with the main objective to make the textile sector environmentally friendly, socially responsible and ethical. Small and medium-sized wool and cashmere producers who abide to this Standard will be actively contributing to greening the sector.
A wide range of issues are being covered by this National Standard including: the rational use of natural resources, energy consumption, the use of chemicals, industrial waste, social responsibility, labor protection, and animal rights. The criteria and key outcomes of the Standard are based on the Voluntary Code of Practice for Sustainable Production (VCP), initiated and elaborated within the EU funded SWITCH-Asia Sustainable Textile Production and Eco Labeling (STeP EcoLab) project implemented by AVSF Mongolia and its partners.
The STeP EcoLab team is also supporting selected companies to prepare for the Premiere Vision 2022 Exhibition in Paris/France where Mongolian sustainable textile companies will demonstrate their ability to compete internationally with genuine, authentic, traceable Mongolian cashmere. Furthermore, the National Standard indicators are in line with international standards, boosting the competitiveness of sustainably produced Mongolian genuine wool and cashmere products in foreign markets.