The four key rules of DOWN CODEX are:

  • Any virgin down we use should be a by-product of the meat industry and come from birds which have been humanely slaughtered
  • Any virgin down we use should not come from birds which have been live plucked or live harvested
  • Any virgin down we use should not comef rom birds which have been force fed
  • Any virgin down we use should come from birds which have been raised in good conditions and to high standards of animal welfare

In addition to these four key rules, DOWN CODEX also
aims to uphold the Five Freedoms as defined by the
RSPCA (the UK’s largest animal charity) and the Farm
Animal Welfare Committee that all animals should

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst.
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease.
  • Freedom from fear and distress.
  • Freedom from discomfort.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour.

These principle rules and commitments have been met by visiting farms, slaughterhouses, processors and factories and we were one of the first brands in the world to go beyond accepting written guarantees from suppliers and introduce a system of on-the-ground audits.

We also remain committed to transparency. We are the only brand to make both our audit results and independent quality reports publicly available online.

The work we have done since 2009 has been instrumental in helping to form a wider understanding of the issues and challenges which exist when sourcing down as a raw material.

Our reputation as a driving force in this field has been supported by invitations to present our findings and research to organisations including the European Outdoor Group and numerous direct exchanges with other outdoor brands. We continue to liaise with other brands, organisations, animal welfare charities and working groups including the Textile Exchange, Four Paws and the Responsible Down Standard International Working Group.

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