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Archroma Tops IPE List for Transparency Efforts in China

This year has shone a light on sustainability initiatives from Swiss specialty chemicals company Archroma, which just earned recognition for its transparency efforts.

The company, maker of sustainable EarthColors and Aniline-free Denisol Pure Indigo 30, earned the top ranking from Beijing’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs’ (IPE) list of industrial chemical companies driving transparency in their supply chain.

The IPE also ranked Archroma number 47 out of 50 companies in its Green Supply Chain CITI Evaluation, which assesses the environmental management of a company’s supply chain in China.

“As an industry leader, we have the responsibility to keep on addressing the climate challenge, and to do everything we can together to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Heike van de Kerkhof, CEO of Archroma. “This is where the approach of the IPE supports us. They encourage us to challenge our suppliers in terms of safety, health and environment, and to go even beyond our own strict policies and processes.”

The report, which has been published annually since 2014, uses data from government supervision and public information published by the brand to formulate its assessment. Scores are updated throughout the year. In 2019, Levi Strauss, Adidas, C&A, Zara-owner Inditex, H&M, Primark, Nike and Target were a few of clothing retailers to make the list.

“We congratulate Archroma for its excellent acceleration of supply chain oversight during 2020, and we are delighted to welcome them into our Top 50 in their very first year,” said Linda Greer, Ph.D., IPE’s senior global fellow. “We hope that companies sourcing chemicals for manufacturing take note of this leadership in sustainability, as it is so rare to see in the chemical sector.”

Earlier this year, Archroma earned the Gold award from EcoVadis, a ratings platform that assesses corporate social responsibility and sustainable procurement. EcoVadis recently announced plans to improve its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of their collective clients, which further increases its credibility. As of 2020, an EcoVadis Gold award indicates a company received an overall score between 66 and 72 out of 100.

During the last fiscal year, Archroma developed seven new innovations and 27 new solution systems that abide by its philosophy of providing a “safe, efficient and enhanced” path to a sustainable world, and it recently published a sustainability report documenting new targets for better water efficiency and waste management processes.