With the Ortovox Wool Promise (OWP), Ortovox initiated its own wool standard for the highest quality of animal welfare and sustainable economic management. This was one of the reasons for us to award Ortovox with our WIR DENKEN UM label.
For over two years, Ortovox held talks with wool farmers, suppliers and producers to develop their own fully comprehensive wool standard. Based upon the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), the Ortovox Wool Promise takes an even more extensive approach to satisfy our company’s high requirements: The OWP focuses upon animal welfare, farm and land management, and slaughter and transport. More than 60 indicators are checked regularly on the farms by a certified, independent auditor. Furthermore, Ortovox is working on a certified traceability system that should ensure that only wool from selected farms ends up in Ortovox products.
In 2012, Ortovox discovered Tasmania as a source for merino wool. The raw material for mountainwear now comes from over 45,000 sheep on selected farms. The Ortovox Wool Promise (OWP) provides the necessary transparency for the company, for dealers and for customers: This wool standard ensures that farm production systems fully comply with Ortovox’s high quality requirements. From farm and land management, animal welfare and transport through to slaughter: the OWP covers a wide range of sustainability issues in wool production. Ortovox knows the farms that produce the merino wool and visit them regularly. Multi-year contracts are concluded with the wool farmers and relationships with wool producers are kept direct and personal. At an annual round table, Ortovox brings together the various parties from along the wool supply chain and provides a platform for critical discussion, transparency and new solutions. A further aim is to use the OWP audit as a basis for achieving complete traceability of the wool used along the supply chain, and so present all of the processes along the supply chain in a transparent way. The OWP audits are thus just the beginning of the Ortovox Wool Promise.
ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE
To fulfil the OWP standard, the areas of farm management, animal welfare, land management, and transport and slaughter must all meet Ortovox’s exacting quality requirements. These four areas are regularly monitored and evaluated in regular audits by independent inspectors.
Transport and Slaughter
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