The International Working Group is a multi-stakeholder group that is responsible for revising the current version of the standard. This group is comprised of any interested parties, including down suppliers, producers, brands and retailers, animal welfare groups and others. Participation is open to anyone, pending agreement to the RDS IWG Charter.
TAKE ACTION – JOIN THE WORKING GROUP
Learn more here or send an email to ResponsibleDown@TextileExchange.org.
JOIN THE DOWN STAKEHOLDER ROUND TABLE
A number of years ago, the textile industry’s interest in down was accelerated by animal welfare campaigners raising awareness of live plucking of ducks and geese for feathers and down. As a result, a number of standards were developed, including Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS), the Traceable Down Standard (TDS), and Downpass. While the topic was concerning, it brought members of the industry together to better understand the risks, improve transparency, and generally mobilize to improve welfare standards and protect their reputation from this supply chain risk.
The Down Stakeholder Round Table 1.0 was initiated by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) in 2014. It was transitioned to Textile Exchange in 2018 with a focus on creating 2.0 and paving out next steps for the industry. Find out more about the Down Stakeholder Round Table.
TAKE ACTION – JOIN THE ROUND TABLE
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the team at: Materials@textileexchange.org.