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Canada Goose Nabs Responsible Down Certification

Canada Goose announced that it has achieved certification under the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), joining other brands in embracing the accreditation’s sustainability and animal welfare stipulations.

The RDS is an international, voluntary program that monitors the chain of custody for certified materials and ensures that RDS down standards are maintained throughout the supply chain.

“We are driven by our purpose to keep the planet cold and the people on it warm,” Dani Reiss, president and CEO of Canada Goose, said. “With today’s announcement, we have reached yet another milestone in the journey to deliver on our purpose, months ahead of schedule.”

Recognized globally by consumers and across the textile industry, RDS provides a common set of expectations and aligns with Canada Goose’s focus on manufacturing best-in-class products that epitomize sustainable innovation, the company said Tuesday. As a certified member, Canada Goose will continue to actively participate in the RDS Global Working Group, governed by Textile Exchange, to ensure that the RDS continues to evolve and reflect best practices in the industry.

“The Responsible Down Standard is a global standard for best practice in down production,” La Rhea Pepper, CEO of Textile Exchange, said. “The RDS helps ensure duck and goose welfare is protected at the farm level and then tracks that material all throughout the supply chain. We’re thrilled to see Canada Goose achieve this high standard.”

This accomplishment strengthens the brand’s dedication to sustainability, continually working toward and building upon its Sustainable Impact Strategy. Canada Goose reaffirms this through its purpose platform, Humanature, which unites its sustainability and values-based initiatives, underscoring its commitment to keep the planet cold and the people on it warm. Canada Goose also owns Baffin, a Canadian designer and manufacturer of performance outdoor and industrial footwear.

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Canada Goose’s goals include achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2025, aiming for 90 percent of Canada Goose fabrics to receive Bluesign approval for responsible and sustainable practices by 2025, and transitioning 90 percent of its materials to preferred fibers and materials, which are sustainable alternatives to conventional materials, by 2025.

For the second quarter ended Sept. 26, Canada Goose reported a 20 percent net sales gain to $187 million. Net income declined 26 percent to $7.2 million.

Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that develops, manages and promotes a suite of industry standards and collects and publishes critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage and track their use of preferred fiber and materials.