SCS Global Services Certifies Gostwyck Partners’ Sustainable Land Stewardship and Humane Animal Husbandry
Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) announced today that Gostwyck Partners’ sheep farm, located in Gostwyck, NSW, Australia, has achieved certification under the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This historic farm, operating since 1834, has demonstrated that it meets all of the animal welfare and land management requirements of the RWS.
“We have been raising high-quality sheep on this land for 181 years, and are proud that our practices have been independently verified,” said Gostwyck director, Philip Attard. “SCS conducted a thorough, professional audit of our operation, providing full transparency into our practices, and assuring our customers that we stand behind our sustainability commitment. This certification is a testament to the fact that our superior quality Merino starts with happy, well-cared for sheep.”
SCS conducted a comprehensive review of Gostwyck’s farming operations, examining the company’s efforts to safeguard the well-being of its sheep through management, nutrition, infrastructure and health, and behavior and handling. SCS also verified the company’s land stewardship practices, such as its understanding and strategy to mitigate damage, improve soil health, ensure the biodiversity of the land, and minimize fertilizer and pesticide use on its land.
“The Responsible Wool Standard provides a very important opportunity for wool farmers in Australia and New Zealand to have their sustainability practices independently corroborated,” said Nick Capobianco, SCS Director for Australia and New Zealand. “RWS certification will increase international demand for wool from down under.” Gostwyck is certified under the “Farm Scope” of the RWS standard, he explained.
“We are pleased to certify this landmark farm,” said Nicole Muñoz, SCS Managing Director. “As a certifier of sustainability practices in agriculture for over three decades, we are excited to be able to verify the efforts of wool farmers and the wool supply chain to comply with internationally recognized benchmarks.”
SCS provides third-party certification under a variety of internationally sustainable agriculture labels, including SCS Sustainably Grown, Veriflora®, Better Cotton Initiative, Fair Trade USA, the Equitable Farm Initiative’s “Responsibly Grown / Farmworker Assured”, the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials, and more. In addition, it provides independent auditing oversight for the sustainability supply chain programs of several international consumer brands. Its worldwide network of auditors perform assessments for large, medium, and small farms, as well as farm groups.
Nicole Munoz | Managing Director, SCS Global Services
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