By Terry Sim, 15 May 2017 AUSTRALIA’S first wool-growing properties have been certified under the international sheep and wool welfare program, the Responsible Wool Standard. The first property to gain farm certification under the standard is the north-east Victorian operation Avington at Sidonia, owned by Noel and Lyndsay Henderson. http://www.sheepcentral.com/victorias-avington-merinos-is-australias-first-responsible-wool-standard-farm/
The two organizations recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the alignment between the ZQ Accreditation program and the RWS. As a result of this agreement, wool grown under the ZQ Accreditation program (ZQ Merino and ZQ Premium Wool) can now be sold as RWS certified. “This MOU is an important step in establishing [...]
The next RWS brand training event will take place on November 30th, in Milan. This training seminar is designed to meet the needs of brands that want to understand how to work with the RWS. Attendees will learn about the issues that the RWS addresses, get an understanding about the realities of farming and certification, [...]
Read about how Kathmandu participated in the development of the Responsible Wool Standard and initiated a pilot RWS programme in the recently published 2016 Kathmandu Sustainability Report.
Fifteen brands have made commitments to the Responsible Wool Standard, including H&M, Marks & Spencer, William-Sonoma, Inc., Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, REI, Eileen Fisher, Tchibo, Varner, Vaude, Coyuchi, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Deckers, Kathmandu, and Knowledge Cotton Apparel. “H&M commits to using RWS wool and we have a long term goal to only use RWS certified wool [...]