Raw materials such as wool, cashmere, leather and feather and down used to make certain clothing and homeware items are derived from animals. We care greatly about the health and welfare of all the animals that feed into our supply chains. We have a strong heritage of sourcing with integrity. Over the years, we’ve taken significant steps to improve the sourcing of key raw materials in our products.
In developing our animal welfare policies and production specifications for food and non-food products we have referred to the internationally recognised ‘Five Freedoms’ recommended by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Committee as a framework and for guidance. These freedoms are:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
- Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
- Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
We have a dedicated team of raw materials specialists responsible for defining and implementing policies and specifications of relevance to non-food animal welfare across our business. This team has been supported by an independent animal health and welfare expert for over 20 years.
We have been widely recognised as a leader in animal welfare. We have topped the Compassion in World Farming annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare since 2013. Sitting alongside this, we have also been awarded a number of recognitions from RSPCA including their Alternative Fashion Award in 2005 and 2006 and their Good Business Awards each year from 2007 and 2010 for animal welfare achievements in fashion retail.