The Fur Harvesters Auction has been certified under a new international standard that recognizes its efforts around sustainability, traceability, and sound environmental management in the procurement and sale of wild furs.
The North Bay-based auction house announced on March 15 it has met all qualifications under the North American Wild Fur Certification Protocol, a recently established initiative of the International Fur Federation (IFF).
Four years in the making, the Furmark certification process applies to all major North American wild fur species used in the international fur fashion trade.
To qualify, participating merchants must go through a third-party verification system, including annual audits, which are conducted by the international auditing firm Baltic Control.
“This protocol contains animal welfare, sustainability and traceability requirements associated with the harvest and trade of wild fur in North America and sets out additional requirements to further improve and ensure the animal welfare, sustainability and traceability,” said IFF CEO Mark Oaten in a letter confirming Fur Harvesters’ Auction’s status under the standard.
“The protocol ultimately provides the wider trade with the assurance and confidence that there is a robust management system in place at Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.”
In operation since 1991, the Fur Harvesters Auction supplies wild furs to brokers, wholesalers and manufacturers for use in the international fur fashion industry.