The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. It is our hope that the standard can be used to reward and influence the down and feather industry to incentivize practices that respect the humane treatment of ducks and geese. We believe that education – through the RDS – is a meaningful way to drive demand for strong animal welfare practices. The standard also provides companies and consumers with a tool to know what is in their products, and to make accurate claims.
The RDS 3.0 revision process began in 2017, and the updated standard was published on July 1, 2019. You can read more about our revision process in the Development Hub.
View the RDS 3.0 Consultation Feedback Summary for a summary of comments received during the Public Stakeholder Review period.