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    A high-quality duck down sourced from Northern Germany.

    This down is sourced through a series of industrial-sized farms i.e. a large-scale farm each rearing tens of thousands of birds which collectively supply a single slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse is located approximately 100km South-West of Berlin with the farms themselves all being located within a 2-3 hour radius. The farms are run by experienced farmers and are regularly visited by veterinarians in accordance with local laws and regulations.

    Each farm typically has at least 2-3 flocks of Peking White Duck. The birds are typically bred for up to 40 days, primarily for meat production, before being sent to slaughter.

    Mountain Equipment staff, alongside an independent auditor, visited two of the supply chain’s farms in August 2017 with further follow-up audits being carried out by our auditors in February 2018 and September 2018. In addition to numerous farms, the slaughterhouse and pre-processor were also audited.

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and on-going global difficulties it has not been possible to revisit and reaudit our supply chains as normal. As a result we have chosen to continue to work only with those suppliers with whom we had an existing relationship and who had previously passed a DOWN CODEX audit which was valid at the time of the European outbreak of COVID-19 (March 2020).

    In addition to this we have also taken the decision to permit all DOWN CODEX audit certificates to be extended by a period of one year from their listed expiry date. As COVID-19 travel restrictions begin to ease, physical on-site audits will resume in 2022.

    We source this down through a wholesaler we have worked with for almost ten years, and the down supply chain itself has provided us with excellent quality down for over three years. While our Down Codex audit has now lapsed, the farms have been subject to the normal animal welfare audits carried out by local authorities; the location of the farms means that these inspections are strict and relatively regular. The farm group from which we buy the down is a large-scale and modern operation, and previous visits by Mountain Equipment staff alongside independent auditors showed no signs for concern. So, while we have not been able to carry out an audit in the past year, we have no doubts about the welfare of the birds in this supply chain.

    We include the now lapsed Down Codex audit for reference.

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