Responsible Down Standard

 RDS LogoRDS 2.0 is now final. The International Working Group has been responsible for the work on the revision. We are very grateful for their contribution of time and expertise into making this the strongest possible standard for the down industry. If you have any questions, please send them to


The Responsible Down Standard allows companies to ensure that the down in their products comes from ethically treated geese. The North Face developed the standard in partnership with Control Union, a respected global certification body, and Textile Exchange for research, writing, and stakeholder review. The RDS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS) with additional guidance found in the CCS Implementation Manual.


Responsible Down Standard v2.0

-RDS 2.0 Implementation Manual

-RDS 2.0 Logo Use and Claims Guide

-Compiled Feedback and Responses

-Detailed List of Changes from RDS 1.0

-RDS 2.0 Updates Summary and Transition Policy


Using the RDS

RDS Basic Info Sheet

Why RDS? - Updated April 2, 2015

Brand Toolkit - Updated February 20, 2015

Supplier Toolkit

Pre-Visit Questionnaire


Looking for RDS Suppliers?

Companies certified to the RDS

Looking to become RDS Certified?

Contact Control Union for more information.



The RDS Revision Process

International Working Group

Steering Committee

European Outdoor Group
Ethical Expert Ltd.
Four Paws International
Outdoor Industry Association
Engel & Zimmermann AG
Trendsetter Home Furnishings

Technical Group

Control Union
The North Face
Textile Exchange

Advisory Group

Allied Feather
Vaude Sport
Down Décor
Quantis International
Multi Glory Home Textiles
Benchmark Sustainability Science

Standard Development Participation Model

RDS 1.1

Responsible Down Standard 1.1

RDS in Hungarian

RDS in Polish

RDS in Romanian

RDS in Chinese

RDS in Ukranian

Press Release announcing the Responsible Down Standard

Webinar - Introduction to the RDS