Textile Exchange has released of the second draft of the Responsible Wool Standard for public stakeholder review.

The RWS is intended to be a global benchmark for animal welfare and land management practices in sheep farming.

Textile Exchange said the goals of the standard are to provide the industry with the best possible tool to recognize the best practices of farmers around the globe, ensure wool comes from responsibly treated sheep and from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, build communication and understanding between farmers, consumers and brands, and provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to final product to ensure consumer confidence in RWS products.

During the first public stakeholder review, Textile Exchange said it received a large amount of feedback from wool growers, certification bodies, brands, supply chain companies and nongovernmental organizations. Almost half of the commenters were wool growers. In response to the feedback, the standard has been revised significantly to become more clear and concise, with a full set of tools and resources to supports its implementation.

The review will remain open for 30 days until June 3, in accordance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for standard setting. Following the review, the RWS Technical Group will review the input and make final revisions before the standard is launched. Documents are available for review at responsiblewool.org.

Textile Exchange, founded in 2002, is a global nonprofit organization that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to minimize and even reverse the negative impacts on people, air, water, animals and soil created by this $1.7 trillion industry. It accomplishes this by providing the knowledge and tools the industry needs to make significant improvements in fiber and materials, integrity and standards, and the supply network.

Textile Exchange, based in Lubbock, Tex., with staff and representatives in 10 countries, has developed and maintains a number of important industry standards, including the Responsible Down Standard, the Organic Content Standard, the Recycled Claim Standard and the Global Recycled Standard.