Esprit believes in animal welfare and the humane treatment of animals, which is why we have implemented an animal welfare policy. All products derived from animals must be in accordance with our Code of Conduct and the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) Five Freedoms.
Esprit is a fur free company and part of the Fur Free Retailer Program. This means that we only use fake-fur in our products.
FEATHERS AND DOWN
In accordance with our Animal Welfare Policy, Esprit strongly condemns force-feeding animals and plucking feathers and down from living birds. To ensure a high level of transparency, all Esprit products containing feathers and down have been certified according to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The standard, developed by the non-profit organization Textile Exchange, approaches all links in the supply chain – from duck and goose farms to Esprit itself – to ensure that no live-plucked down or feathers are used in Esprit’s garments.
To enhance our work in guaranteeing the welfare of sheep, Esprit is working with Textile Exchange and other brands to develop the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). The RWS seeks to ensure that the sheep in our supply chain are treated with respect and in accordance with the Five Freedoms of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC). The standard also focuses on sustainable management of grazing land. In 2017, Esprit joins the Kickstarter group to support the implementation of the RWS in textile supply chains.
Besides that, Esprit has prohibited since 2012, surgically mulesing of sheeps in our supply chain.
Esprit has strict rules for the use of leather in our products. We require our leather to be a by-product of the food industry, and our suppliers must be able to trace raw hides and skins back to their country of origin. We do not source leather from endangered or threatened species that appear on the lists from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Since November 2013, angora wool has been banned from all Esprit products. The ban on angora wool will remain in place until proper controls and transparency can be established to assure the humane treatment of angora rabbits.