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Chemical Companies Band Together to Accelerate ZDHC Goals

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Leading chemical companies are ramping their sustainable commitments by individually joining the ZDHC Foundation as contributors.

The Global Chemical Industry Round Table (GCIRT), which includes Archroma, Colourtex, DyStar, Huntsman Textile Effects, KISCO, Pulcra Chemicals, Rudolf Group and Tanatex Chemicals, announced Wednesday “their alignment” on ZDHC organizational commitments. ZDHC Foundation’s mission is to advance toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people’s well-being.

By joining as contributors, the companies aim to take the complexity out of the supply chain, reduce duplicative efforts and accelerate the phase out of hazardous chemicals. Each company will upload its key products onto the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module and support the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).

“The active participation in the ZDHC Programme of leading chemical providers to the textile and leather industry allows for an uprecedent, open and transparent dialogue with apparel brands and retailers which will significantly benefit final consumers,” said Dr. Wolfgang Anton Schumann, Rudolf Group CEO. This is the fourth year of implementing the ZDHC Programme.

Adding to that, Charles Dickinson, chair of the ZDHC board of directors, said, “We are all in agreement that the current situation of proliferation of detox approaches and their supporting testing schemes is ineffective and costly…Therefore, we acknowledge that we share a common objective in the alignment of resources that drive better chemistry and innovations that reduce the chemical and environmental footprint of the textile, apparel and footwear industries.”

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“Our decision to join ZDHC as a contributor together with the GCIRT members is bringing the world’s most reliable chemical producers at the forefront of driving the change,” said Archroma CEO Alexander Wessels. “I believe that this intensified collaboration between all stakeholders in the supply chain will strongly accelerate the adoption of dye and chemical manufacturing innovations and processes to help minimize risk to the consumer and the environment.”