RDS International Working Group 2017-12-12T22:27:31+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:

January 10, 2018 Scope
January 24, 2018 Application of the CCS
February 7, 2018 Requirement types
February 21, 2018 Training and Education
March 7, 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)

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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.