Responsible Wool Standard

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary global standard
that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on.

Latest News

Responsible Wool Standard at the Savory Institute  VIP Event

On October 28th, Anne Gillespie spoke on the wool panel at Savory Institute’s dynamic annual [...]

RWS Brand Training Event, November 30th, Milan

The next RWS brand training event will take place on November 30th, in Milan. This [...]

RWS features in Kathmandu 2016 Sustainability Report

Read about how Kathmandu participated in the development of the Responsible Wool Standard and initiated [...]

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Our Goals

The goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with 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.









How does the RWS work

The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard,
which means that companies can choose to become certified. 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.

About RWS









RWS Key Points

Protecting Animal Welfare








The Five Freedoms of sheep are protected at all times, referencing standards and best practices around the world.

Preserving Land Health








Progressive methods of land management are practiced on RWS farms, protecting soil health, biodiversity and native species.

Supply Chain Traceability








The identity of the RWS wool is maintained at all times: from the farm to the final product. Consumers can have full confidence that the wool in a product carrying the RWS logo comes from responsibly managed farms.

Credible Certification








A professional, third party certification body audits each stage in the supply chain.

Confident Communication









Only products with 100% certified wool may carry the RWS logo.

Stakeholder Engagement








Our process of standard development is open and inclusive. The RWS was developed with the input of farmers, animal welfare experts, land conservation experts, brands and retailers from all parts of the globe.