ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE
THE OWP - OUR COMMITMENT TO FAIR WOOL
ACTIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE, ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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.
ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE
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
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.
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.