Audits are carried out by the IDFL at least every 3 years. Audits are currently carried out ‘announced’ but we are committed to carrying out ‘Un-announced’ visits where it is deemed appropriate and necessary.

Every wholesaler, every processor, every slaughterhouse and farms which are representative of a particular supply chain are visited, including ‘Parent Farms’ and ‘Mother Goose Farms’. Representative sampling is only used where an ‘agent-based’ or ‘collector-based’ supply chain is identified. In this situation the sheer volume of small family farms with small flock sizes makes its impractical to visit every single one.

We therefore rely on IDFL to carry out a risk-assessment and visit a requisite number of farms in a defined geographic area, sufficient to draw accurate conclusions. Supply-chains are mapped and verified through a process of verifying and checking paper-work, carrying out face-to-face interviews and documenting conditions and practices with photographic records.

Any of the DOWN CODEX® principle rules are considered zero tolerance factors. Any evidence of Live Plucking, Live Harvesting, Force-Feeding, In-humane Slaughter or poor animal welfare will result in the supplier being removed from our supply chain.

Where an audit identifies standards which could be improved, but which fall underneath the threshold of being zero tolerance rules, corrective action plans will be issued. These typically require standards to be improved within a short time-frame (always less than six months). Suggestions will also be made as to how suppliers can meet ‘industry-leading’ standards.

The executive results of each successful audit are then made available online,
along with the corresponding quality control report relating to an individual batch
of that down. Using a unique 12-digit code found in every one of our down products,
the customer can then trace the down found in that particular product.

Pre 2011

Prior to 2011, audits were carried out to document working practices within our supply chain against a list of assumptions. Supply-chains were mapped through paper-trail and document checks and standards verified through face-to-face interviews and photographic records.

2012 - 2014

From 2012, all supply chains were audited against a pre-determined IDFL score-sheet. Supply chain partners are given a score against a range of measures, resulting in an overall score from A-D. In addition to this each overall supply chain is awarded a weighted score for overall risk.

2014 Onwards

All supply chains are audited against a pre-determined IDFL score-sheet and DOWN CODEX® welfare standards scheme. In addition to our principle DOWN CODEX® rules, all suppliers are scored against a wider range of welfare measures. Specific targets are introduced for welfare improvements and corrective action plans issued as a matter of course where necessary.

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