Dumfries House Wool Conference

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The first ever Dumfries House Wool Conference took place on 9 September 2016 at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Organised by The Campaign for Wool and supported by Marks & Spencer, the event hosted the largest and most prestigiou international gathering of wool experts ever held in the United Kingdom. 

Animal welfare, sustainability and quality, environmental issues and slowing down fast-fashion were the focus of the conference agenda.

As part of the event, The Campaign for Wool and the International Wool Textile Organisation presided over the signing of The Dumfries House Wool Declaration, in which "custodians of the wool industry" ensure a commitment to protect the environment, uphold the best possible for sheep welfare, growing, trading, manufacturing and selling wool, and wool-related products at all times.

The Dumfries House Wool Declaration agrees, among other things, that the major wool growing countries conform to the strictest standards of animal welfare as embodied in the IWTO Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare. The IWTO Specifications are premised on the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare as set forth by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE): freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury or disease, the freedom to express normal behaviour, and freedom from fear and distress. The Five Freedoms also form the basis of national animal welfare legislation in each of these wool growing countries.

Guests included Steve Rowe, Marks & Spencer CEO; British designer Sir Paul Smith; Paolo Zegna, chairman of Ermenegildo Zegna; Nicholas Coleridge CBE, President of Condé Nast International and Chairman of The Campaign for Wool; Allan Savory, President and Co-Founder, The Savory Institute; Alan Folwell, Chairman of Adam Carpets; Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age and super model David Gandy, the face of Marks & Spencer.

A summary of the event appears in GQ Magazine at www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/max-whitlock-woolmark-prince-charles

For more information, visit www.campaignforwool.org.

Download the Dumfries House Wool Declaration (PDF).

Dumfres House, Ayrshire, Scotland