Cotton Made in Africa


  • Very High


  • Apparel


Cotton made in Africa, an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation, is one of the world’s leading standards for sustainably produced cotton.

They work with a wide-ranging network in cotton-growing countries, including  partners in the textile value chain, Government & NGOs to ensure the implementation of the standard and the proper processing of certified raw materials throughout the world.

All standards include a catalogue of criteria comprising of an exclusion criteria and a sustainability criteria. Exclusion criteria must be fulfilled from the start. For the sustainability criteria, components are defined which must be fulfilled in stages. In binding management plans, the partners define in concrete terms how progress is to be achieved in order to fully meet all sustainability criteria. Independent auditors regularly check the fulfillment of the criteria and record the progress made.

The standards, criteria, and audit system were developed in close collaboration with experts at each link in the textile value chain and with representatives from research institutes, audit firms, and governmental and non-governmental organisations with the advisory board overseeing the same

The Aid by Trade Foundation is an umbrella organization for three cotton standards: Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), Cotton made in Africa-Organic (CmiA-Organic) and the Sub-Saharan Cotton Standard (SCS). These standards were developed to improve the living conditions of African smallholder farmers and working conditions in ginning factories and to promote an environmentally friendly cotton production.