The Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) is a voluntary certification aimed at ensuring ethical and sustainable practices in the mohair industry. It covers all sites involved, from farms to the final business-to-business transaction. The certification addresses animal welfare, land management, and social requirements, including worker health and safety. It also ensures traceability by maintaining the identity of RMS mohair from farm to final product.
The certification protects the Five Freedoms of animal welfare, referencing global standards and best practices.
Progressive land management methods are encouraged, focusing on soil health, biodiversity, and native species.
The certification can optionally be applied to slaughter sites, although this is not a requirement.
Farms cannot carry both certified and non-certified angora goats, and products containing non-certified virgin mohair cannot bear the RMS name or logo.
To acquire RMS certification, each stage of the supply chain undergoes an annual audit by a professional, third-party certification body. This rigorous process ensures that the certification is both credible and reliable.
The RMS certification is valid for three years. The standard undergoes a revision process at least every five years, and the organization provides best practice recommendations for ongoing improvement, although these are not mandatory for maintaining certification.
Obtaining the RMS certification offers multiple benefits. For the organization, it serves as a testament to responsible farming and production practices. For consumers and stakeholders, it provides assurance that the mohair is sourced from farms that adhere to strict standards for animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility.