Responsible Down Standard

The Responsible Down Standard allows companies to ensure that the down in their products comes from ethically treated geese. The North Face developed the standard in partnership with Control Union, a respected global certification body, and Textile Exchange for research, writing, and stakeholder review. The chain of custody of the certified down is backed up by TE’s Content Claim Standard.



Responsible Down Standard
RDS Labeling Guide

RDS in Hungarian

RDS in Polish

RDS in Romanian

RDS in Chinese

RDS in Ukranian

Press Release announcing the Responsible Down Standard

Webinar - Introduction to the RDS

Using the RDS

Why RDS? - NEW!

Brand Toolkit

Supplier Toolkit

Pre-Visit Questionnaire


The RDS Revision

Consolidated Feedback and Response

The Responsible Down Standard underwent a stakeholder review process from December 2013 to January 2014. 

The review included stakeholders from throughout the supply chain, animal welfare groups including Humane Society International, PETA and 4-Paws,and brands and retailers. A webinar introduced the standard to stakeholders. The form includes all the written comments collected through the feedback form, written responses to each one, with key themes listed first. Further changes to the standard were made as a result of the review, as well as phone conversations with stakeholders.

International Working Group

Steering Committee

European Outdoor Group
Ethical Expert Ltd.
Four Paws International
Outdoor Industry Association
Engel & Zimmermann AG
Trendsetter Home Furnishings

Technical Group

Control Union
The North Face
Textile Exchange

Advisory Group

Allied Feather
Vaude Sport
Down Décor
Quantis International
Multi Glory Home Textiles
Benchmark Sustainability Science


Standard Development Participation Model


Looking for certified suppliers?

Companies certified to the RDS

Looking to become certified?

Contact one of the Certification Bodies listed below to become certified to the Responsible Down Standard: