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Animal Welfare (RDS and RWS)

Whenever we use materials of animal origin, animal welfare is a central point to consider. This is also regulated through our Code of Conduct (CoC), which all our suppliers must comply with.

Down

All virgin down used for Bergans products is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The RDS safeguards the welfare of animals that provide down and feathers for our products and is our guarantee that animal welfare is taken care of throughout the whole supply chain.

The RDS is an independent, voluntary global standard, which was developed and revised over three years, with the input of animal welfare groups, industry experts, brands and retailers. The standard recognizes and rewards the best practices in animal welfare.

Key points in the RDS standard:

  • Any removal of down and feathers from live birds (live-plucking) is prohibited
  • Force-feeding is prohibited
  • Holistic respect for animal welfare of the birds from hatching to slaughter
  • Each stage in supply chain is audited by a professional, third party certification body
  • Only products with 100% certified down and feathers carry the RDS logo

Wool

For our woolen baselayer program we are implementing the comparable Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on.

The goals of the RWS are to provide a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly.

The RWS is an independent, voluntary standard. On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their five freedoms and also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through production, certification ensures that wool for certified farms is properly identified and tracked.

Key points in the RWS standard:

  • Protecting Animal Welfare: The Five Freedoms of sheep are protected at all times.
  • Preserving Land Health: protecting soil health, biodiversity and native species.
  • Supply Chain Traceability: The identity of the wool is maintained from farm to final product.
  • Credible Certification: A professional, third party audits each stage in the supply chain.
  • Confident Communication: Only products with 100% certified wool may carry the RWS logo.

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