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ANIMAL WELFARE

All animals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and to avoid mistreatment.

We only source from producers who follow best-practices of animal welfare.

Treating animals with respect and dignity includes no force-feeding, no live-plucking, and no mulesing. They should be treated responsibly, and to ensure the welfare of animals, we require that all our suppliers of wool, down, and leather, apply to our Code of Conduct.

Our commitment to ensuring animal welfare made us phase out real fur from all products in 2007. Since 2018, all our down is RDS (Responsible Down Standard) certified, and in 2019, we phased out all leather from our apparel.

 

Animal-derived materials

Learn more about our materials that are sourced from animals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are animals treated well?

Yes, Helly Hansen only source from producers who treat their animals with respect and dignity. This includes no force-feeding, no live-plucking, and no mulesing. The animals should be treated responsibly, and to ensure their welfare, we require that all our suppliers of wool, down, and leather, apply to our Code of Conduct.

Is the down "responsible"?

Yes. To ensure that no birds are harmed in the making of our products, 100% of the down we use is fully traceable and RDS-certified.

Does Helly Hansen use mulesing-free wool? Are the sheep treated well?

We use 100% mulesing-free Merino wool and all our merino wool is ZQ certified.