The intent is to release one global down standard that includes the best components from the Responsible Down Standard and Global Traceable Down Standard

LAMESA, Texas and ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Textile Exchange and NSF International will work together to merge the Responsible Down and the Global Traceable Down Standards into one global down standard. Combining and improving the best attributes from each of the current standards will result in a best practice standard that respects the treatment of birds throughout the down supply chain.

The two standards share the common goal to ensure that best practices are in place to respect the Five Freedoms of birds throughout the supply chain. The Five Freedoms, according to the Farm Animal Welfare Council, include freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury or disease, freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from fear and distress. Currently more than 80 brands have chosen to certify their down supply chain to either the Responsible Down Standard or the Global Traceable Down Standard.

Together Textile Exchange and NSF International are committed to an open and transparent process to merge the standards by creating an international working group with representatives from brands, suppliers, animal welfare groups and other interested parties. These same stakeholders were involved in the development of the current standards.

Interested parties are invited to join the working group which kicks off in March 2017. If you would like to join the International Down Standard Working Group or submit feedback on the process, please email Integrity@TextileExchange.org.

Editor’s Note: To schedule an interview with Textile Exchange’s Director of Industry Integrity, Donna Worley contact her at Donna@textileexchange.org or +1 806-577-0652. To schedule an interview with NSF International’s General Manager of Sustainability Jenny Oorbeck, contact Thomas Frey, APR, at media@nsf.org or +1 734 214 6242.

About Textile Exchange: Textile Exchange (TE), founded in 2002, is a global nonprofit organization that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to minimize and even reverse the negative impacts on water, soil, air, animals, and the human population created by this $1.7 trillion USD industry. TE accomplishes this by providing the knowledge and tools the industry needs to make significant improvements in three core areas: Fiber and Materials, Integrity and Standards, and Supply Chain. A truly global organization, TE is headquartered in the United States with staff and ambassadors located in 10 countries. To learn more about Textile Exchange, visit: TextileExchange.org and follow TE on Twitter at @TextileExchange.

About NSF International: NSF International (nsf.org) is a global independent organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products to these standards for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

The NSF International National Center for Sustainability Standards develops standards, product category rules (PCRs) and protocols in a consensus-based stakeholder process. Input from manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, procurement professionals, product specifiers, customers and academia achieves acceptance and support for these market-changing standards.