Revision of the Responsible Wool Standard and the development of the Responsible Mohair Standard
Responsible Wool Standard
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is now being revised. In response to a need from the industry for a mechanism for verifying how mohair is produced a Responsible Mohair Standard is being developed based on the RWS. A draft standard has been produced and is currently being piloted on farms. The development of this standard will be done alongside of the revision of the RWS in order to keep the two standards closely aligned.
Public Stakeholder Feedback Welcome!
Both the RWS and RMS are now in the public stakeholder feedback period. We welcome feedback from anyone interested in providing their opinion. You can view the draft documents here: RWS 2.0 & RMS 1.0.
You can submit feedback here until January 6th, 2020. The final drafts are expected to launch early 2020.
The Revision Process
This is a multi-stakeholder process that follows the open and transparent principles, as defined by ISEAL’s Codes of Practice. You can read more in the Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures 2.1.
International Working Group
To register an interest in participation in the International Working Group please contact ResponsibleWool@TextileExchange.org . IWG Members include any interested party, and Voting Rights are granted to those that sign our Charter.
You may also elect to receive updates on the progress of the development or revision. To be added to our stakeholder list and receive updates, send an email to ResponsibleWool@TextileExchange.org.
Public Stakeholder Feedback on the Responsible Wool Standard and Responsible Mohair Standard will begin November 6th and go through January 6th.
During the Development or Revision of a Standard, all decisions are made by consensus among the Voting Members of the International Working Group. You can read more in the Textile Exchange Standard Setting Procedures 2.1.
RWS/RMS IWG Call Schedule (subject to change):
All calls scheduled at 9 AM Central, 10 AM Eastern, 3 PM UK, 4 PM CEST (may be affected by seasonal time change)
July 16 July 30 August 13 September 10 September 17 September 24 September 25th – New Zealand/Australia Update (8am BTC) October 1 October 29th
- November 6th- Launch of public consultation
RWS/RMS IWG Call #1 July 16, 2019 Intro, Terms of Reference Notes Presentation Slides RWS/RMS IWG Call #2 July 30, 2019 Certification Procedures, Topics Notes Presentation Slides RWS/RMS IWG Call #3 August 13, 2019 Nutrition, Living Environment Notes Presentation Slides RWS/RMS IWG Call #4 September 10, 2019 Chemical Management, Social Notes Presentation Slides RWS/RMS IWG Call #5 September 17, 2019 Animal Management Notes & Issues Papers: Age at First Lambing, Ear Notching, Euthanasia & Slaughter, Inspection Frequency, Laparoscopic AI, Pain Relief Presentation Slides RWS/RMS IWG Call #7 September 24, 2019 Handling & Transport, Optional Slaughter Module, The Hub Intro Notes & Hub Intro Presentation Slides RWS/RMS IWG Call #8 October 1, 2019 Land Management Notes RWS/RMS IWG Call #9 October 29, 2019 Final Draft Review Notes