Animal Welfare

Animal welfare

In JYSK, we do not accept animal cruelty and our suppliers are obliged to follow our Supplier Code of Conduct regarding treatment of animals. We consider it a breach of contract if a supplier does not meet the requirements.

Down and feathers

Duvets and pillows are among JYSK's core products, and many of these contain down and feathers. When speaking about animal welfare in relation to down and feathers, one specific topic is often on the agenda: plucking of down from geese while still alive. The method is characterised as animal cruelty and illegal in Europe and many other areas.

In JYSK, we only want products with down and feathers, which are by-products of the food industry. In other words, down and feathers, which come from birds that were to be slaughtered anyway, and where down and feathers are plucked after the birds are slaughtered.

A small group of suppliers

JYSK has a small number of suppliers of products with down and feathers. The selection of this small group is based on ethical and quality considerations.

The majority of JYSK’s products with down come from selected suppliers in Poland, Denmark and Norway. These suppliers have their own strict procedures to prevent down from live birds, and it is forbidden for European suppliers to source down connected to live pluck.   

Work together with IDFL

China is the world’s biggest producer of down and feathers, and JYSK also work with Chinese suppliers. Plucking of live birds in China is very rare, but not forbidden. JYSK does however not under any circumstance accept live pluck. Therefore, we continuously monitor our supply chain. This is done in cooperation with The International Down and Feather Laboratory, IDFL, which specialises in inspections throughout the entire supply chain, including farms and slaughterhouses.

In addition, all JYSK Nordic’s suppliers, both European and Chinese, bind themselves by contract solely to supply products made with down and feathers from slaughtered birds. Trade documents and supplier visits ensure that suppliers do not breach this contractual agreement.

Skins and wool

JYSK has a small number of animal skins in assortment as well as a limited number of products containing wool.

Animal skins sold at JYSK come from slaughtered animals – meaning that the animals were supposed to be slaughtered anyway. The animal is thus not killed solely for the skin. The tanning of the skins takes place without use of harmful substances.

JYSK does not under any circumstances accept mulesing of sheeps, and this is specifically pointed out in our Supplier Code of Conduct.