DOWNPASS Standard 2017 adopted and published

We, the DOWNPASS-audited companies, stand for ethically sourced down and feathers.

We produce duvets, pillows and garments filled with down and feathers, as well as components for the production of these articles and other finished products. As a partner to the bed, fashion and outdoor industries, our common goal is a globally traceable supply chain.

The first version of the DOWNPASS standard was completed in June 2016. As part of a continuous improvement process, a new version of the standard was developed in autumn 2016. The results of a public survey, as well as the feedback from animal welfare organizations, testing institutes, certification companies, NGOs and trade partners, flowed into this development. The revised standard is valid from 01 January 2017 and stands for the exclusion of feathers and down from live animals, material from foie gras production as well as rearing control. In May 2017 the standard and the implementation rules were edited. You will find all the details in the DOWNPASS Standard 2017, which we offer you here for download as well as the Implementation Regulations.

The goal of the DOWNPASS standard is to contribute to the ethical sourcing of down and feathers, and to help companies to firmly anchor and further develop the aspects of animal welfare during the sourcing of feathers and down in everyday business by reviewing suppliers in the industry supply chain.

The DOWNPASS standard is the instrument for representing the different requirements of our customers to an ethical sourcing of down and feathers, while also taking into account the small-scale structure of sourcing.

Down and feathers as by-products of poultry production are only available when geese and ducks are consumed. The supply chain of every company in the bed-feather and bedding industry is international and individual. The standard also represents the way to the large breeding areas as well as to small farms and collectors. Down and feathers according to their origin and their way of winning and to implement the aspects of animal welfare is a big task.

We would be delighted if you supported us with comments and suggestions as part of a continuous improvement process.

For your contributions, the email address is available.

Thank you for your effort and appreciation