Earlier this month, Allied was awarded the RDS certificates for a significant percentage of its global down supply chain (http://pitchengine.com/
The RDS was originally developed by The North Face in partnership with Control Union Certifications (http://www.controlunion.com/
Allied’s supply chains were RDS certified earlier this summer, meaning the farms where Allied buys its down do not practice live plucking or force feeding, and engage in ethical and traceable practices in animal husbandry. The next module in the certification process is the inspection and auditing of the processing facilities. From here, the down will ship to Allied’s vendor partners who will use the RDS certified down in finished products.
“Congratulations, to Allied Feather & Down on being home to the first RDS certified processing plant in the USA. It has been a big month for Allied to achieve this level of transparency in both its supply chains and processing facilities.”
About Allied Feather & Down:
Allied Feather & Down is the world’s leader in the manufacture of the highest quality downs and their blends. Founded in Vernon, Calif. in 1987, Allied has been responsibly sourcing and sustainably processing down while driving innovation within the market for over 25 years. The family-run operation has earned the reputation as the largest, most reliable and most responsible supplier of raw material in the industry. Allied is committed to safeguarding the environment and transparency in ensuring the welfare of animals, which contributed, in part, to their prestigious bluesign® approval. Allied values longstanding relationships with the largest suppliers on the planet and is proud to produce the highest quality down technologies demanded by the most discerning brands in the outdoor, home and fashion marketplaces.