Introduction about Responsible Down Standard(RDS)

About the Responsible Down Standard
The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is an international, voluntary standard that addresses animal welfare in the duck and geese supply chain and chain of custody of down and feather material from certified farms to the final product. Individual sites are certified by independent third-party certification bodies using annual audits.Material is tracked from the farm to the final product using transaction certificates.

The goals of the Responsible Down Standard are to:
• Ensure that down and feathers do not come from supply chains where animals have been subjected to any unnecessary harm.
• Reward and influence the down and feather industry to incentivize practices that respect the humane treatment of ducks and geese.
• Education and development of the supply chain in order to drive continuous improvement of best practices.
• Provide companies with a tool to know what is in their products, and to make accurate claims.
• Ensure strong chain of custody for certified materials as they move through the supply chain.

This standard includes six key sections (General Information, Principles of RDS, Animal Welfare Criteria, Farm Group Certification, Farm Area Certification, and Chain of Custody), as well as
additional Appendices.
In the RDS, the following terms are used to indicate requirements, recommendations,permissions, and possibilities or capabilities:
• “shall” indicates a requirement,
• “should” indicates a recommendation,
• “may” indicates a permission, and
• “can” indicates a possibility or a capability.
“Desired Outcomes” have been included to detail the intent of requirements, but they are not requirements themselves. They are designated by an icon before each module, see the following
example:
Desired outcome: Access to sufficient feed and water suited to the animals’ age and needs to maintain normal health and to prevent prolonged hunger,thirst, malnutrition or dehydration.

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Responsible Down Standard RDS-101-V3.0-2019.07.01