The 2018 Down Stakeholder Round Table took place in Milan on 22nd October, prior to Textile Exchange’s 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference. 

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    09:00-12:30, 22nd October 2018

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    Milan, Italy

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More than 50 stakeholders with different expertise and backgrounds including suppliers, brands, standards, quality control organizations and NGOs participated in the Down Stakeholder Round Table at Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference in Milan on October 22, 2018.

The Global Down Round Table, initiated by the European Outdoor Group (EOG) in 2014 was transitioned to Textile Exchange in 2018. The 2018 Down Stakeholder Round Table in Milan, moderated by Pamela Ravasio of EOG, marked this transition.


The Down Stakeholder Round Table started with an overview of industry facts and figures, presented by Textile Exchange. This overview included results from the Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report, the Preferred Fiber and Materials Benchmark, and the recent Down Stakeholder Survey.

The figures showed an increasing interest in preferred down. Standards such as the Responsible Down Standard, Downpass and the Global Traceable Down Standard are gaining importance. More information is available in the reports, linked to above.


Industry updates were then shared by standards, suppliers, brands and NGOs (listed below right).

Standards updates were provided on the Responsible Down Standard, the Global Traceable Down Standard, and Downpass, followed by insights from IDFL and Control Union. The supplier perspective was shared by Allied Feather and Down as well as Sustainable Down Source. The consumer trends perspective was presented by the brands Patagonia and The North Face as well as the NGO Four Paws.

The insights showed an increasing interest in preferred down but also some areas where further action is required. One key insight was that not everything can be solved by standards; it is important to also look at drivers beyond certification. Another discussion point was how to share the costs along the supply chain. A specific action area identified was the role of parent farms.

Standards/Certification – A portfolio of options

Bryan Mortenson, Global Audit Manager, IDFL
Stacey Mack, Sustainability Business Unit Manager, NSF
Amber Dzikowicz, Business Unit Manager, NSF
Ashley Gill, Senior Manager of Industry Integrity, Textile Exchange
Mark Prose, Team Manager Textile & Social Compliance, Control Union

Industry trends – What are suppliers and brands and retailers doing?

Daniel Uretsky, President, Allied Feather & Down
Caroline Zapf, CSO, Sustainable Down Source

Consumer trends – What does the consumer think?

Nicholas Allen, Traceability Manager, Patagonia
Carol Shu, Sustainability Manager, The North Face


WORKING SESSION #1 – “Why still down?”

Participants concluded that the key reasons for down are its quality (warmth to volume ratio, performance) and sustainability characteristics (naturally biobased instead of petrochemical based, reusable / recyclable / biodegradable, no microfiber shedding, by-product of the meat industry).

WORKING SESSION #2 – “What should the role of the Down Round Table 2.0 be?”

The main aspects identified included sharing of information (market statistics, down impact data, standards updates and also identification of issues that standards should tackle and standard alignment), eventually also consumer-facing information.

It was also encouraged to expand the Down Stakeholder Round Table to further stakeholders, particularly the meat industry and stakeholders in Asia. It was suggested to host the Round Table in different regions each year including e.g. China. Beyond that, the importance of training for farms and slaughterhouses was discussed.

­­Textile Exchange wants to thank all participants of the 2018 Down Stakeholder Round Table, particularly EOG for sponsoring and hosting the meeting, and very much looks forward to continuing the discussions.


Team work and collaboration are key in bringing initiatives like this to their full potential. We are always looking for partners for the PFM Round Tables, and you can explore the available collaboration opportunities by contacting us.

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