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Bureau Veritas Launches New Tech Tool to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability

Bureau Veritas is raising the bar for textile industry environmental efforts.

The global testing company launched a new IT platform, Bureau Veritas’ Environmental Emission Evaluator (BVE3) to enhance its Chemical Discharge Monitoring business. BVE3 supports supply chain partners and helps them reduce harmful environmental practices. By using the platform’s mechanism, supply chain partners are able to understand factories’ daily and weekly discharge potentials and avoid solely relying on time screening.

“In response to issues associated with chemical management performance and transparency within the textile supply chain, we developed our BVE3 web platform. BVE3 enables retailers and brands to identify their factories chemical management performance and where to utilize the sustainability resources,” Niraj Singh, technical lead for chemical discharge monitoring, said.

BVE3 works together with supply chain controls, including factory audits, chemical screening and testing to ensure that priority chemicals are regulated properly. Industries with wet processing may also use the IT system to receive help with hazardous substances discharge cases (auxiliary chemicals and dyes) used in the supply chain process.

Factories may upload chemical information to BVE3 to further support supply chain chemical management efficiency and transparency. Every month factories that upload their chemical information are evaluated by Bureau Veritas’ specialists. Three indexes help measure factories’ chemical management performance, including the estimated concentration number, the amount of hazardous substances and discharge. A score is then determined for each factory’s chemical management performance.

“BVE3 complements our testing and auditing program providing us with far greater insight into our supply chain’s chemical management performance. In turn, this allows us to better focus resources to drive a greener supply chain,” Sheila Shek, global environmental supply chain responsible at H&M, said. “At H&M, we believe BVE3 is a key milestone in transforming the textile industry by switching from a reactive to proactive approach.”

BVE3 Process