How it works
FURMARK operates to ensure the highest welfare and environmental standards. It is a guarantee of good animal welfare and improved sustainability of the sector.
FURMARK is the global certification and traceability scheme for sustainable, natural fur that ensures the highest animal welfare and environmental standards.
For consumers, FURMARK is a mark of guaranteed quality for the product they are purchasing.
For businesses, FURMARK is an industry-wide commitment to exacting practices and sustainability across the supply chain.
FURMARK will operate across the supply chain and cover different regions and sectors. At launch, the FURMARK scheme will include seven different certification programmes; WelFur, Saga, North American Farm-raised and Wild Fur, Swakara, Sable and Dressers & Dyers:
- WelFur is a science-based animal welfare assessment programme designed to certify farms for mink, fox, and Finnraccoon (Asiatic raccoon) in Europe. It aims to ensure that best practices are applied to animal welfare in the fur supply chain.
- Saga Certification by Finnish Standards includes criteria for advanced animal health and welfare; conditions for rearing animals; farm hygiene; breeding; environmental management; feed management, and for training and preparing for exceptional situations.
- For North American farm-raised fur, the US and Canada run separate programmes to support quality welfare practices and animal husbandry through responsible and sustainable business practices. These programmes utilize the internationally recognized OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Welfare Standards to make sure that farm-raised species meets the highest possible standards.
- Wild Fur programmes are subject to a comprehensive system of laws, regulations, checks, and controls. Each of these factors vary depending on geographical provenance and animal species. The programmes prioritize the sustainability and welfare of all fur-bearing species and ensure that population and environmental sustainability are key to wild fur harvesting.
- Swakara is the name of a specific breed of karakul (high-quality lambskin) from South West Africa. A programme has been developed for swakara producers incorporating codes of practice and standards for production and marketing. Auditing and compliance are a key part of this process.
- In Russia, a detailed programme has been developed for farm-raised sable in cooperation with the Moscow State Veterinary Academy. Wild sable is regulated under the Ministry of Natural Resources and strict rules and regulations apply to harvesting, animal welfare, sustainability and traceability.
- FURMARK certified dressers and dyers are committed to using chemicals from an agreed list, satisfying laboratory verification requirements and government oversight on factories environmental footprint.
FURMARK has three key principles: Science, Independent Inspection and Transparency.
- Certification programmes and their individual protocols must be science-based and approved by independent experts.
- Certification programmes must be verified by third parties and publicly available.
- Certification programmes must be sustainable, relevant, accessible, and traceable.
Our Supply Chain
This is a general overview of the natural fur supply chain. Under the FURMARK scheme, all stages of the supply chain are subject to comprehensive, transparent, and independently verified traceability systems.
At launch, FURMARK will include:
FURMARK draws together independently verified certified programmes under one umbrella: obtaining FURMARK certification means that an international, national, or regional programme has satisfied FURMARK’s global standards.
With the introduction of FURMARK, all of the major auction houses are committed to selling FURMARK certified farm-raised and wild fur pelts from 2020.
FURMARK has been developed by the International Fur Federation (IFF) working with a roundtable of luxury brands that use natural fur. The programme is governed by the board of the IFF that consists of representatives of the fur value chain. The board will decide which certification programmes are eligible to join FURMARK. A steering group will oversee the running of FURMARK and the process of ensuring each certification programme meets its responsibilities.