What does RDS stand for?
RDS stands for Responsible Down Standard.
What is the RDS?
The RDS is an independent, voluntary global down standard that puts high emphasis on animal welfare. It is owned by Textile Exchange and certified by Control Union as a third party. Over three years, the RDS was developed and revised with the support of animal rights groups, industry experts, brands, and retailers. The standard recognizes best practices in animal welfare, and excludes companies that violate the animals' wellbeing.
How does C&A benefit from using RDS?
Animal welfare is a top priority for C&A and we have publicly banned the live-plucking of down and feathers for our products. The down used in our products has therefore been selected with care to ensure it comes from suppliers who adhere to strict animal welfare standards. This is guaranteed by the RDS certification which enables traceability. Products can thus be labeled accurately, giving consumers the ability to make informed choices.
How do you as our customer benefit from the RDS?
C&A is committed to the RDS. This means we guarantee that the down and feathers we use are 100 percent ethically produced and traceable, and come from ducks and geese that had a healthy and decent life from farm to product. Moreover, our products only contain down and feathers that come from birds primarily raised for meat production.