Sustainability & Traceability

Black Alpaca

The Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) is a voluntary standard that requires all sites, from alpaca farms through to the seller in the final business-to-business transaction, to be certified. RAS farmers and ranchers must meet animal-welfare, land-management, and social requirements.

Black Alpaca
  • Global nonprofit that creates leaders in the preferred fiber and materials industry.
  • Has the goal of 45% reduction of C02 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.
  • Promotes leading industry standards, manages and tracks the use of preferred fibre and materials around the world.

All sites must be certified

Black Alpaca * Numbers correct as of February 2022
  • Alpaca farmers up to the seller in the final business-to business transaction.
  • Retailers (business-to-consumers) are not required to be certified.
  • Farms are certified to the Animal Welfare and Land-Management and Social Modules of the RAS
  • Subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified to the Content Claim Standard (CCS) requirements.
Black Alpaca
What does it involve?
Animal Welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Living environment
  • Animal Management
  • Handling and transport
  • Land Management
Social Welfare
  • Human Rights
  • Child Labor
  • Working conditions and Conduct
  • Freedom of Association and Collective bargaining
  • Wages and benefits
  • Health and safety
Animal Welfare
  • Soil
  • Biodiversity
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides
Chain of Custody
  • Farm chain of custody criteria