ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE

THE OWP - OUR COMMITMENT TO FAIR WOOL

ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE

THE OWP - OUR COMMITMENT TO FAIR WOOL

ACTIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE, ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT


PROTECTION IS ORTOVOX’S GUIDING PRINCIPLE

Protection refers not only to our products, which provide protection against the elements in the mountains, but also to the protection of people and nature when it comes to production. Ultimately, nature forms the basis of all of our actions, gives us strength and is our source of inspiration. It also represents the most important suppliers of our raw materials. We as a company can only feel successful if we are fulfilling our social responsibility towards people, animals and the environment. For this reason, we aim to provide our customers with the highest level of transparency along the supply chain. ORTOVOX’s guiding principle of protection is our highest priority when it comes to sustainability. As such, we see the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE (OWP) as another important step towards success.

A DEMANDING WOOL STANDARD

THE OWP – RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR SHEEP – TRANSPARENCY FOR THE CONSUMER – HAPPY WOOL FARMERS

For over two years, ORTOVOX held talks with wool farmers, suppliers and producers to develop our own fully comprehensive wool standard. Based upon the global regulations of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE takes an even more extensive approach to guarantee sustainability in our wool production.
The OWP concerns the wellbeing of the sheep: from appropriate animal husbandry to animal welfare and farm and land management, all the way through to transport and slaughter. To this end, more than 60 indicators are checked regularly on the farms by certified, independent auditors.


SAFETY FOR SHEEP AND PEOPLE

In 2012, ORTOVOX discovered Tasmania as a source of merino wool. The raw material for mountainwear now comes from over 60,000 sheep on selected farms.
The ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE (OWP) provides the necessary transparency for the company, for dealers and for customers: This wool standard guarantees that the production systems on our farms 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.



SETTING JOINT GOALS, SHARING RESPONSIBILITY

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. Once a year, ORTOVOX also brings together the various parties from along the wool supply chain and provides a platform for critical discussion, transparency and new solutions. ORTOVOX’s primary goal is complete traceability of the wool we use and the transparent presentation of all processes along the supply chain. 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.

  • FARM MANAGEMENT

    All OWP farms fully disclose their management practices and grant access to all relevant facilities and all required documents. People handling sheep have a ‘duty of care’ for those animals and comply with all applicable local legislation regarding animal welfare and land management. 

    To our farms
  • ANIMAL WELFARE

    OWP sheep and livestock farming methods are monitored regularly. This includes validation of feeding practices, body condition scoring, infrastructural inspection of shelters, sheds and fences, health management and responsible animal husbandry practices regarding for example tagging or castration. Shearing is conducted focusing on the well-being of the sheep and is practiced by experienced professionals. OWP wool is from non-mulesed sheep only.

  • LAND MANAGEMENT

    All farming practices are carried out with the aim of conserving the environment. Accordingly, all farmers apply soil and health strategies in order to monitor and manage forage resources, soil erosion and organic matter. Use of fertilizers and pesticides is limited and specifically monitored.   

  • SLAUGHTER & TRANSPORT

    OWP sheep not only provide valuable wool: After they leave the farm, most sheep are transported to abattoirs for slaughter. This aspect is not part of the wool supply chain, but rather concerns the meat processing industry. Transport methods and slaughtering procedures, as well on farm as on an industrial level, are validated for the OWP. Operators are quality assured and use humane practices.

OWP AUDITS





The following overview uses a traffic light system to show the latest results of the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE (OWP) audits that were carried out on our farms in 2017. These provide ORTOVOX with an independent review of the indicators for farm management, animal husbandry and welfare, land management, slaughter and transport. 98.36% of OWP specifications were adhered to. Minor non-compliance was found in the areas of husbandry and nutrition. ORTOVOX is currently in dialogue with the farms concerned regarding this.