The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on.
The goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the sheep and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare.
The RWS requires all sites to be certified, beginning with the wool farmers and through to the seller in the final business to business transaction. Usually the last stage to be certified is the garment manufacturer or brand. Retailers (business-to-consumers) are not required to be certified. Farms are certified to the Animal Welfare and Land Management and Social Modules of the RWS. Subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified to the Content Claim Standard requirements. If you wish to be certified to the RWS, you can contact one of the listed Certification Bodies.
We welcome you to get in touch with any questions you may have about the RWS, or if you would like to learn more about the RWS Roundtable and how to get involved. Documents related to the revision are available upon request.
Find a certification body (CB) in your area. Download a list of CBs who are licensed by Textile Exchange to certify to the given scopes of RWS.