Global Wool Standards Released
June 24, 2016

Textile Exchange, a global non-profit organization, released the final version of its Responsible Wool Standard. The standard, which is now available for certification, is a global benchmark for animal welfare and land management practices in sheep farming. However, worldwide sheep organizations have questioned the methodology and have not been actively involved in the process of drafting these standards. ASI has monitored the issue for over a year along with international wool organizations and the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO).

The standards aim to provide the industry with the best possible tool to recognize the best practices of sheep producers around the globe, ensure wool comes from responsibly treated sheep and from farms and ranches with a progressive approach to managing their land, and build communication and understanding between farmers, consumers and brands. It is also intended to provide a traceable supply chain from farm to final product to ensure confidence that the wool in a product carrying the RWS logo comes from responsibly managed production systems.

Textile Exchange board members include apparel, footwear, retail and other apparel trade related companies. The standards are available at: responsiblewool.org/certification