Home / Knowledge / News / Wool / Textile Exchange announces new standard
Textile Exchange announces new standard
22
Jun '16
Global non-profit environmental organization, Textile Exchange has released the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), an independent, voluntary standard.

On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their five freedoms and ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through the processing stages, certification ensures that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked, according to RWS.

The Standard is intended to be a global benchmark for animal welfare and land management practices in sheep farming. The goals of the standard are to provide the industry with the best possible tool to recognize the best practices of farmers around the globe and ensure wool comes from responsibly treated sheep and from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land.

The Standard is also intended to be a global benchmark to build communication and understanding between farmers, consumers and brands and to provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to final product to ensure consumer confidence in RWS products.

In March 2014, H&M and Textile Exchange started an International Working Group (IWG) to develop the Responsible Wool Standard.

The IWG includes representation from a broad spectrum of interested parties, including animal welfare groups, farmers, wool suppliers, and brands and supply industry associations, covering both apparel and home categories. Developed through an open, multi-stakeholder process, the Standard is a global benchmark for animal welfare and land management practices, while maintaining applicability in regions all over the world.

The Standard ensures sheep are raised with respect to their Five Freedoms, with strong welfare principles in all aspects of farming. The Standard also ensures farmers follow best practices in land management.

The Standard development process began with hours of research of existing standards. In late 2015, pilot audits began in key sheep raising regions in the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, Austria, the US and the UK, each providing valuable information used to refine the requirements , and certification approach. Two Public Stakeholder Review periods were held to invite feedback from anyone interested in the Standard. The final version was approved by the Steering Committee of the International Working Group prior to its release.

There are currently three Certification Bodies that are in process of Textile Exchange approval: Control Union, LETIS, and NSF. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

EU, Japan finalise Economic Partnership Agreement

Textiles | On 18th Dec 2017

EU, Japan finalise Economic Partnership Agreement

Building on the political agreement reached in principle during the...

WTO, ITC launch cotton portal to enhance transparency

Textiles | On 18th Dec 2017

WTO, ITC launch cotton portal to enhance transparency

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Trade Centre ...

India much behind China in containerised cargo capacity

Textiles | On 18th Dec 2017

India much behind China in containerised cargo capacity

India’s total containerised cargo capacity of 8.75 million...

Interviews View All

Headhonchos
Indian textile value chain

'One nation, one tax' is a great concept

Darshan Mehta
Infinium Polychem

We are spending double digit figures on R&D

Top executives
Textile industry

The foremost issue is bridging the skill gap

C Dhandayuthapani

MAG Solvics Private Limited was established in 1991 to design and develop...

Suresh P Bagrecha

Komal Texfab, founded in 1981, is into manufacturing of knitted fabrics,...

Harsh Shah

Established in 1956 with a small beginning, Embee today manufactures a...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Divvya and Nidhhi Gambhir
Walnut

<b>Divvya and Nidhhi Gambhir</b> started their career with the launch of...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

December 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
68.1%
No
13.8%
Skip
18.1%

Total Votes: 94

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
62.8%
No
29.8%
Skip
7.4%

Total Votes: 94

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.2%
No
9.6%
Skip
3.2%

Total Votes: 94

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
81.9%
No
8.5%
Skip
9.6%

Total Votes: 94


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search