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Volcom is committed to the ensuring the highest practices of animal welfare across its supply chains and is currently sourcing Down according to the Responsible Down Standard. In 2017, 100% of the Down used in Vol com products will be certified to the RDS standard. Striving for continuous improvement, Volcom is also working with Textile Exchange ensure integrity and best practices through becoming a ‘Scope certified brand’. Textile Exchange is the owner of the Responsible Down Standard, which is now merging with the Global Traceable Down Standard (TDS). These standards are driving best practices in the industry. Volcom is a member of the Textile Exchange and is also supporting the work to enhance and improve the RDS.
The Responsible Down Standard is an independent, voluntary global standard, which means that companies can choose to certify their products to the RDS, even if there is no legislation requiring them to do so. The RDS was developed and revised over three years, with the input of animal welfare groups, industry experts, brands and retailers. The standard recognizes the best practices in animal welfare, and excludes those that violate the animal’s well-being.
What does “Responsible Down” mean?
The intent and spirit of the standard is best reflected by one of Oxford Dictionary’s definitions of responsible: "morally accountable for one’s behavior." Not only farmers, but brands and supply chain members need to meet their obligations to respect the Five Freedoms of the animals that provide their down and feathers, and to meet the trust of consumers that are choosing RDS products.
Learn more at responsibledown.org