Following our decision to cease work with two previous supply chain partners, in June an audit is carried out in the Zanghua and Taoyuan regions of Taiwan to allow one of our already nominated suppliers to upscale production. This is the first time that a ‘Corrective Action Plan’ is issued to one of the processors audited, to improve the storage and handling of raw material. Improvements are immediately implemented and completed by September.
In November, the final ‘missing link’ in our network of supply chains is audited. Two months behind the original schedule and despite serious security concerns caused by the political turmoil in Eastern Ukraine, representatives from the IDFL and our German down wholesaler visit the network of farms and slaughterhouses in Western Russia. It is the first audit to be undertaken using the revised DOWN CODEX® standard and completes our whole supply chain.