Certification ensures ethical fur for the fashion industry
Saga Furs leads the industry in sustainability as the only fur seller with a supplier certification and auditing programme on the environment and animal health and welfare.
Saga Certification by Finnish Standards is a unique farm management system producing the highest level of animal welfare. Responding to demand from global brands and the next generation of consumers on sustainability and animal welfare, Saga Furs has continually developed its certification programme to ensure it meets the high standards that go well beyond what the law requires. As a result, Saga Furs has become the trusted partner of the fashion industry in providing sustainable and ethical furs.
The Saga Certification system, which has been in place since 2005, has evolved in close cooperation with the industry, Finnish authorities, the EU, and veterinarians specialising in fur farming. This very strict and inclusive approach puts fur farming well ahead of the meat industry in terms of animal welfare standards.
All 100% of the fox and Finnraccoon pelts sold at Saga Furs auctions, is certified – ensured by a third-party auditor. Saga pelts come mainly from European fur farms, which are inspected and in compliance with the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on Fur Farming. Pelts sourced from Finland comply with the National legal requirements for fur farming, which are further complemented by the Saga Certification. Saga Furs is also in the process of increasing its share of certified mink pelts. The first 100% certified mink lot was sold at our auction in March 2017, and continue to be sold at subsequent auctions.
Data from November 2015 indicates that 884 of the 965 mink farms, or 92%, in Finland were certified. By the end of 2017, this percentage had risen to 93%.
Saga Furs continues to expand its certification process in countries across Europe, as well as to new potential farm suppliers in the US. The company has a cooperation agreement with DNV GL on verification of Saga Certification process in other countries. This includes Norway, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Main criteria of the Saga Certification by Finnish Standards
- Animal well-being and health (read more)
Animal health and welfare are an absolute prerequisite for high-quality animal breeding. On certified fur farms, animal welfare is promoted with immediate and preventive measures.
- Conditions for rearing animals
Safe and stimulating housing, adjusted to the various cycles in the animal’s life, is the fur animal’s most important immediate environment.
- Farm hygiene
A neat and tidy farm environment promotes welfare and comfort for both the animals and the farmer. Proactive measures prevent many ensuing problems.
Healthy and trusting animals form the basis for high-quality breeding. Certified farms do not sell or deliver fur animals to countries which do not meet the requirements set in the Finnish Animal Welfare Act.
- Environmental management
A certified fur farm minimises its impact on the surrounding nature. Detailed provisions for environmental protection are specified in each farm’s environmental permit. In addition, special attention is paid to the correct handling of manure, waste management and the watering system.
- Feed management
The animals are given regularly analysed feed that fulfils their nutritional needs in each production phase. Domestic raw materials are favoured in the feed production, and the entire feed chain is documented.
- Training and preparing for exceptional situations
Fur farming is a profession which requires solid hands-on competence as well as ongoing professional development on an annual basis. A certified farm is well equipped to act also in exceptional situations deviating from day-to-day routines.
Saga Certification by Finnish Standards in short
- The Saga Certification System was developed by Finnish Fur Breeders Association
- Criteria include advanced animal health and welfare, breeding conditions, food maintenance, farm hygiene, record keeping and environmental management. The certification has over 80 criteria
- Saga Certified farms are monitored and inspected by local authorities as well as outside 3rd party auditor
- The Saga Certification is valid for three years at a time and is then re-audited
- ProFur is responsible for the certification of Finnish fur farms. DNV GL is the independent auditor that reviews and critically evaluates whether ProFur’s quality system and all sub-processes meet the farm certification criteria.
- The Finnish certification criteria are set by ProFur’s Board of Directors. Saga Furs has a system in place for monitoring which farms are certified and which ones are not.