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Responsible Down Standard

Updated: Dec 2020

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  • Sourcing professionals
  • Testing and standards professionals

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The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) addresses animal welfare in the duck and geese supply chain and chain of custody of down and feather material from certified farms to the final product.The Responsible Down Standard aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to an unnecessary harm. The standard also provides companies and consumers with a tool to know what is in their products, and to make accurate claims.

The independent, voluntary global standard was developed with the input of animal welfare groups, industry experts, brands and retailers. The standard recognizes and rewards the best practices in animal welfare.

Read more: Responsible Down Standard

Topics

Reward and influence the down and feather industry to incentivize humane practices

Education and development of the supply chain to drive sustainable practises

Communicate ethical down and feather content claims to the industry

Drive stakeholder engagement through feedback from textile value chain partners

Provide companies with tools to make ethical claims

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