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November 10, 2021

Canada Goose achieves responsible down certification

Canada Goose has achieved certification under the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), an international, voluntary programme that monitors the chain of custody for certified materials and ensures that RDS down standards are maintained throughout the entire supply chain.

By Beth Wright

With this accreditation, the Canadian outdoor apparel specialist joins other Responsible Down Certified global manufacturers who embrace sustainability and animal welfare.

“We are driven by our purpose to keep the planet cold and the people on it warm,” says Dani Reiss, president and CEO, Canada Goose. “With today’s announcement, we have reached yet another milestone in the journey to deliver on our purpose, months ahead of schedule.”

Recognised globally by consumers and across the textile industry, RDS provides a common set of expectations and aligns with Canada Goose’s focus on manufacturing best-in-class products that epitomise sustainable innovation. As a certified member, Canada Goose will continue to actively participate in the RDS Global Working Group, governed by the Textile Exchange, to ensure that the RDS continues to evolve and reflect best practices in the industry.

“The Responsible Down Standard is a global standard for best practice in down production,” says La Rhea Pepper, CEO, Textile Exchange. “The RDS helps ensure duck and goose welfare is protected at the farm level and then tracks that material all throughout the supply chain.”

Canada Goose says its accomplishment strengthens its dedication to sustainability, continually working toward and building upon its Sustainable Impact Strategy. Canada Goose reaffirms this through its purpose platform, Humanature, which unites its sustainability and values-based initiatives.

Those goals include achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2025; aiming for 90% of Canada Goose fabrics to receive Bluesign approval for responsible and sustainable practices by 2025; and transitioning 90% of its materials to Preferred Fibres and Materials (PFMs), which are sustainable alternatives to conventional materials, by 2025.

Earlier this year, Canada Goose said it will end the purchase of fur by the end of 2021 and cease manufacturing with fur no later than the end of 2022.

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