The organization ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) announces today, April 26, 2017, seven new entries into its program, including premium fashion brand Hugo Boss.
By joining the ZDHC Programme, Hugo Boss and the other new six entries, commit to working collaboratively on the development and implementation of ZDHC tools. These include: a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), Chemical Guidance Sheets and Wastewater Guidelines, and m two new platforms: the ZDHC Academy – which provides brands and manufacturers with ZDHC certified training about chemical management and the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module and Wastewater Module.
The ZDHC Programme was set up in 2011 with six leading brands and today consists of a total of 63 contributors including influential leaders such as Kering or Adidas, H&M or Inditex just to name a few. (Full list of current signatory brands here). The contributors are divided into three categories; Signatory Brands (23), Value Chain Affiliates (27) and Associates (13).
HUGO BOSS enters ZDHC as Signatory Brand contributor. In its membership, the company sees a large lever for further mitigating environmental impacts in the production process, for its own production sites as well as for the collaboration with its partners.
Three are the new Value Chain Affiliates contributors: Dr. Petry Textile Auxiliaries, an established chemical company that produces chemical auxiliaries for the textile industry. Their special fields are finishing products and yarn lubricants, but product range also includes auxiliaries for pretreatment, dyeing, printing, coating and garment finishing. TFL joins as well being a globally operating company producing specialty chemicals for the leather industry and related industries. TFL offers its products and innovative solutions to tanneries, leather processing companies and coaters. Last but not least as new Value Chain Affiliate: UL Consumer & Retail Services, serving manufacturers and retailers in every aspect of the supply chain and production process, from raw materials to sales transactions, to better manage risks and deliver products that are safe, socially responsible and compliant with industry and brand specifications.
Joining as Associate are: The Association TEGEWA, representing chemical producers based in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland – which manufacture in the field of textile, leather and fur auxiliaries, colorants and allied products. Also ETAD joins and is an association of international colorant manufacturers and started its collaboration with ZDHC right from the program’s foundation, now they will continue to provide its input as an associate contributor. As third new Associate is The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF). An active Taiwanese association which assists the Taiwan textile industries in coping with the challenges presented by the ever-changing economic and trade environment.
“I’m delighted to see continued growth and ongoing support and the commitment from the textile, leather and footwear industry. To achieve the industry wide change, we all need to work together collaboratively, because no one brand or supplier can achieve the change alone and by acting in isolation”, Frank Michel. ZDHC Executive Director.