Our mission is to establish a single, streamlined certification process for growers. Starting with the Responsible Wool Standard, we are working together to build a set of farm management practices that align to a variety of standards, regulations and sustainability outcomes.
Responsible Wool Standard
The Responsible Wool Standard is our starting point as we work to harmonise all processing, brand and industry standards for a streamlined approach to benefit our members. Imagine just one set of farm management practices aligned to whatever standard you require and facilitated by a single set of data capture tools.
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a statement that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms: 1) the freedom from hunger and thirst; 2) the freedom from discomfort; 3) the freedom from pain, injury or disease; 4) the freedom to express normal behaviour; and 5) the freedom from fear and distress*.
The RWS is a voluntary, independent standard developed to recognise best practices in animal welfare and land management, encourage progressive farm management, create an industry benchmark and provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to final product to drive consumer confidence.
We have adopted the RWS as the basis of our certification system as one of the most effective tests of ethical farming practices. Our vision is to use innovative technology to transform the grower’s physical notebook and save our members time and money in maintaining numerous, often overlapping, certifications.
*Textile Exchange (June 2016). Responsible Wool Standard. Retrieved from http://responsiblewool.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RWS-standard.pdf
Textile Exchange is a global, not-for-profit organisation that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity and standards, and responsible supply networks. Textile Exchange identifies and shares best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.
Textile Exchange inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. Its focus is minimising the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximising its positive effects.
Textile Exchange engages and catalyses the textile industry across the supply chain through partnerships and collaborations, building knowledge and capacity to inform and educate. It leverages its influence to create action, change and collective impact.
Textile Exchange seeks to:
Embed sustainability into evolving business and supply chain strategies;
Make it easier for companies to adapt to changing opportunities and requirements in textile sustainability; and
Ensure that actions taken toward sustainability result in real and meaningful change.
- Introduction to RWS (PDF 176 KB)
- RWS Farmers Guidebook (PDF 2 MB)
- RWS Implementation Manaual (PDF 3 MB)
- SOP - Procedure Castration (PDF 308 KB)
- SOP - Taildocking (PDF 239 KB)
- Guidance - Monitoring Point (PDF 535 KB)
- Guidance - Lameness Scoring (PDF 347 KB)
- Guidance - Transport (PDF 343 KB)
- AWI Planning for a Non-Mulesed Future (PDF 595 KB)
Become a member
We always welcome like-minded growers to the Co-Op. Simply register your interest and we will get back to you as soon as possible.