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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.

Want to Get Involved?

Demonstrate your brand’s leadership and commitment to sustainability by helping to fast-forward the adoption of the Responsible Wool Standard through our Kick Start program.

  • Send out demand signal and support farmers

  • Build scale to spread the cost of certification

  • Priority access to support from Textile Exchange

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Latest  News

Responsible Wool Standard Two-Part Series at Textile Sustainability Conference

Textile Exchange will be hosting its 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. during the week of October 9-13. We are [...]

Join Stuart Adams at Sheepvention 2017 – August 7 & 8

Textile Exchange's Agriculture Standards Adivsor, Stuart Adams will be at the 2017 Sheepvention on 7 [...]

RWS Training, Argentina – 27 June, 2017

We invite you to attend our RWS training event in Trelew, Argentina in collaboration with STS Focus [...]

June 20, 2017 IWG Meeting

A Responsible Wool Standard IWG meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at [...]

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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.

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.