The Responsible Wool Standard aims to improve the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on.
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) requires all sites, from wool farmers to the seller in the final business-to-business transaction, to be certified. RWS farmers and ranchers must meet animal welfare, land management, and social requirements.
We’re pressing for a progressive approach to animal and environmental welfare.
HOW IT WORKS
Ensuring responsible wool from sheep to store.
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Catch up on revisions and changes
In 2019, we began revisions for RWS 2.0, and the updated standard was released on March 17, 2020. For a summary of the comments received during the Public Stakeholder Review period, you can take a look at the RWS 2.0 Consultation Feedback Summary. The next revision will be part of our wider move towards a single unified standard.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question not answered here, get in touch with us directly, and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.
Are Textile Exchange standards recognized globally?
Yes, all our standards apply globally. You can use our logos worldwide as long as you meet the requirements for logo use and claims.
Do you have translations of your standards available in other languages?
Visit the Document Library to see all standards documents. For some, translations are available.
Can I use your standards to know the identity of a sheep farm?
Our standards aren’t designed to provide full supply chain transparency. If you’re interested in doing the work of identifying all of sites, then you need to work directly with your suppliers and request that they disclose their sources to you. We are working on the development of a traceability system, however. You can learn more here.