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 (TE) upon its completion.
This current version of the RDS was developed by the RDS International Working Group (make an hyperlink to list the names of the IWG?). 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.