Traceability and transparency from farm to fashion house
In addition to certification, traceability in the production chain is increasingly important. Saga Furs has created a pelt traceability programme, which enables the manufacturers to trace the origin of the pelt lots down to individual farms.
Global consumers expect to know where their clothes are sourced, they require openness and transparency in the way they are produced and assurance on the humane treatment of animals. With traceability Saga Furs can verify the history, origin and location of an item by means of chain of custody documentation.
The Saga Furs Traceability System (STS) scheme is an integral tool in the trade to implement transparency and traceability. This chain of custody documentation has had a huge impact on the way we source our furs. All the furs we sell include the STS documentation whether it comes from a certified farm or not. The Saga traceability programme discloses the proportion of certified farms, dates of farm certification and the countries of origin.
Traceable and ethical fur
Saga Furs continues commitment to sustainably and ethically sourced fur, and that is something that sets us apart. For the international fashion industry, transparency in the value chain is very important.
When an international fashion house wants to tell its customers the origins of the furs it uses and about the responsibility of their production methods, the only way to provide this information is through precise documentation. Traceability stands for the reliability of the product’s origins; at the same time, the requirement for detailed documentation steers fur breeders towards even better and more sustainable production methods. Through its operating policy, Saga Furs steers development, for example, by refraining from selling pelts that have not been produced, at a minimum, according to the conditions stated in the revised recommendations of the Council of Europe or other national regulations.
Traceability is another sustainability and ethical issue where Saga Furs leads the industry. Over the past years, we’ve been developing RFID tracing technology that would allow consumers at the point of purchase to scan and trace fur back through the entire supply chain. Full traceability is important for quality assurance and a logical next step in customer transparency from farm to fashion house.