The goal of the Downpass standard is to contribute to the ethical sourcing of down and feathers, and to help companies to firmly anchor and further develop the aspects of animal welfare during the sourcing of feathers and down in everyday business by reviewing suppliers in the industry supply chain.
Members of the Downpass are predominantly manufacturers of duvets, pillows and garments filled with down and feathers, as well as components for the production of these articles and other finished products.
The first version of the Downpass standard was completed in June 2016. As part of a continuous improvement process, a new version of the standard was developed in autumn 2016. The results of a public survey, as well as the feedback from animal welfare organisations, testing institutes, certification companies, NGOs and trade partners fed into this development.
The revised standard was launched in January 2017 and prioritises the exclusion of feathers and down from live animals, material from foie gras production as well as rearing control. In May 2017 the standard and the implementation rules were edited again.
The Downpass standard is the instrument for representing the different requirements of our customers to an ethical sourcing of down and feathers, while also taking into account the small-scale structure of sourcing.
Down and feathers as by-products of poultry production are only available when geese and ducks are consumed. The supply chain of every company in the bed-feather and bedding industry is international and individual.
The standard also represents the way to the large breeding areas as well as to small farms and collectors. Down and feathers according to their origin and their way of winning and to implement the aspects of animal welfare is a big task.
Downpass is based on the standards specified in the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes concerning correct animal husbandry and the various quality requirements for feathers and down. Scientists, vets and animal welfare organisations play a significant role in the further development of the Downpass.
With Downpass, both finished products (e.g. down jackets and sleeping bags) and down and feather transport containers (e.g. packed in balls or sacks) can be traced all the way back through the chain of custody.