Global Traceable Down Standard - Global TDS

Certification ensuring that down used in products comes from ethically sourced and traceable supply chains.

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Global Traceable Down Standard - Global TDS






The Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS) certifies that down in garments comes from responsible sources that prioritize animal welfare and can be transparently traced. Initiated by Patagonia and enforced by NSF International, this certification is relevant to the garment industry. It covers the entire supply chain, from parent farms where waterfowl are kept for egg production to the finished product, ensuring that certified down is not mixed with non-certified down.

Key Features

  • No down from live-plucked or force-fed birds.
  • All animals must have access to the Five Freedoms of animal welfare.
  • Parent farm certification required.


To acquire this certification, a facility must undergo an initial audit followed by two annual surveillance audits within a three-year period. Third-party groups visit each facility in the supply chain to investigate conditions. Recertification includes document review and another on-site audit.

Duration and Renewal

The certification is valid for three years. During this period, two annual surveillance audits are required. Recertification involves a document review and an on-site audit.

Impact and Significance

Obtaining the Global TDS enhances a company's ethical standing by ensuring animal welfare and supply chain transparency. It also provides consumers with a reliable way to choose responsibly sourced down products. However, the certification focuses solely on down and does not account for other materials or manufacturing processes involved in garment production.