U.S. North Face bestows Textile Exchange
In a ceremony held during the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show, North Face – belonging to VF Corporation – gifted ownership of the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) to Textile Exchange
RDS was developed by North Face in partnership with Control Union and Textile Exchange. It allows companies to ensure that the down in their product comes from ethically treated geese. The standard addresses the critical issues of live-plucking and force-feeding of gees, and additionally it stipulates strict animal welfare requirements. The chain of custody of the certified down is enforced by Textile Exchange’s Content Claim Standard.