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RSPCA Awards invites entries from fashion retailers

The RSCPA is seeking companies with exceptional policies on fur, leather skins and merino wool to enter the RSCPA Good Business Awards’ fashion category, in association with Drapers.

The awards, which are free to enter, recognise ethical business approaches to animal welfare and are now in their sixth year.

Entrants will be judged on a number of key areas, including their commitment to not using or selling Karakul lambskin pelts or exotic skins and their policies on fur and the sourcing of merino wool, cashmere and angora.

Judges will also look at the sourcing and traceability of leather including cow, sheep or pig hide, innovation over the past 12 months in relation to animal welfare, each company’s aspirations regarding animal welfare and how these policies are communicated to customers.

RSPCA’s head of external affairs David Bowles said: “We want to reward the efforts being made by fashion companies – both large and small – that go the extra mile to promote animal welfare and recognise that consumers haven’t left the ethical beliefs in a quest for value.”

Marks & Spencer, George at Asda and Vegan clothing and accessories boutique Neon Collective were last year’s winners.

Entry forms and guidelines can be downloaded from or by contacting the Good Business Awards team at the charity.

The deadline for entries in June 30 and the awards will take place on October 6.

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