RWS Draft ready for Second Public Review!
The second draft of the Responsible Wool Standard is ready for input. A key element in our standard development process is to get broad stakeholder input, in alignment with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice. To this end, we are asking for feedback on the RWS from all interested parties: see Stakeholder Review below.
The Review period is open until June 3, 2016 and we encourage you to send your comments in early. Based on the feedback received, Textile Exchange and the International Working Group will make final revisions to the standard. During the first stakeholder review period, we received a large amount of feedback. This has been compiled with comments from Textile Exchange on how the feedback was addressed.
Stakeholder Review 1 Feedback (pdf)
About the RWS
Wool is an important fiber in the textile industry; it has a long history, and an even longer future. Its versatility, performance characteristics, and comfort give it great value in a range of applications, and keep it as a perennial favorite among consumers.
Wool owes its unique properties to the sheep that grow it, and we owe it to the sheep to ensure that their welfare is being protected. To this end, Textile Exchange is developing the Responsible Wool Standard.
The RWS is being developed through an open, multi-stakeholder process. The International Working Group represents the broad spectrum of interested parties, including animal welfare groups, brands, farmers, wool suppliers, supply industry associations, covering both apparel and home categories.
The RWS is intended to be a global benchmark for animal welfare and land management practices in sheep farming. The goals of the standard are to provide the industry with the best possible tool to:
- Recognize the best practices of farmers around the globe
- Ensure wool comes from responsibly treated sheep, and from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land
- Build communication and understanding between farmers, consumers and brands.
- Provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to final product to ensure consumer confidence in RWS products
What does Responsible 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 behaviour.” Not only farmers, but brands and supply chain members need to meet their obligations to respect the land and Five Freedoms of the animals that provide their wool, and to meet the trust of consumers that are choosing RWS products.