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RDS International Working Group 2018-02-17T17:27:49+00:00

Current Revision of the Responsible Down Standard

Textile Exchange is currently leading a revision of the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). This is a multi-stakeholder process that follows the open and transparent principles, as defined by ISEAL’s Codes of Practice. You can read more in the Textile Exchange Standard Setting Principals and Procedures.

The Revision process began in September of 2017, and we anticipate releasing the revised RDS 3.0 by the end of 2018.

Participation in the Revision is open to all. See the following options:

Meeting Records

Meeting Schedule:

  • March 8, 2018 – Training and Education
  • March 15, 2018 – Slaughter
  • March 21, 2018 – Transport
  • April 4, 2018 – Parent Farms Module
  • April 18, 2018 – Farm: Feed and Water
  • May 2, 2018 – Farm: Housing, Stocking Density, and Outdoor Access
  • May 16, 2018 – Farm: Health
  • May 30, 2018 – Farm: Hygiene, Pest and Predator Control
  • June 13, 2018 – Farm: Handling and Management Practices
  • June 27, 2018 – Industrial Farms
  • July 11, 2018 – Small Farm Groups
  • July 25, 2018 – Contract Farm Groups
  • August 8, 2018 – Audit Procedures (Unannounced, semi-announced, announced)

Meeting Notes:

Documents

Current Drafts

Other Documents:

History of the RDS

The first version of the RDS was sponsored by The North Face and developed through a joint effort between Control Union, Textile Exchange and The North Face. It involved considerable research into regional practices, supply chain models, and existing animal welfare standards with the input of a broad range of stakeholders. The North Face gifted ownership of the standard to Textile Exchange upon its completion.

This current version of the RDS was developed by the RDS International Working Group. The members of this group have given generously of their time and expertise, helping to improve the RDS and make it the best possible tool to shift the down and feather industry towards more humane practices.

The RDS provides a resource to the entire industry with the goal of improving the welfare of animals and the chain of custody for down on a global level.

Timeline