TÜV Rheinland, a specialist in independent technical services, announced a partnership with digital chemical management platform The BHive.
The strategic partnership will provide a seamless approach to chemical testing and management to the textile and fashion industry. To achieve this goal, the partners will offer a holistic service portfolio to new and existing customers from TÜV Rheinland and The BHive, covering the entire chemical management process from input and process to output.
The companies said with the demand for safer, cleaner and more sustainable chemical management in the fashion and textile industry, manufacturers are under rising pressure from brands and retailers to not only increase chemical transparency, but also demonstrate good control of chemicals used throughout the production process. The strategic partnership combines TÜV Rheinland’s global testing, auditing and training expertise with the innovative chemicals management platform The BHive–a ZDHC-approved solution provider.
TÜV Rheinland is an accepted service provider for ZDHC MRSL Level 1-3 certification and is ZDHC-approved for wastewater testing in one of its many global facilities. In addition, the company is also an approved verifier for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM), and an approved trainer as part of the ZDHC Academy.
Through the partnership with The BHive®, TÜV Rheinland can provide manufacturers of fashion and textile products a seamless approach to the entire chemicals management process, offering solutions and all necessary compliance services from a single source. Manufacturers can leverage this partnership to not only ensure chemical compliance, but also communicate their use of sustainable chemistry to the textile and fashion industry. In turn, this can enhance brand image while demonstrating their contribution to a more sustainable circular textile economy.
“We believe that this strategic partnership with TÜV Rheinland is a critical step toward our shared goal of accelerating the phase out of hazardous chemical products from textile production,” Lars Doemer, managing director of GoBlu International Ltd., the company behind The BHive, said. “Moreover, we aim to promote overall supply chain transparency in the industry. As one of the world’s leading testing service providers, we see TÜV Rheinland as a strong partner on this journey towards the improvement of chemicals management.”
Mohammed Dkhissi, global field manager softlines from TÜV Rheinland, said The BHive offers a “smart and innovative solution to the otherwise complex process of chemicals management.”
“By partnering with The BHive, we are expanding our sustainability service portfolio,” Dkhissi said. “We are proud to now announce our joint goal of offering a seamless approach to sustainable chemicals management, which will help promote the use of safer chemical alternatives in textile production and provide increased visibility of the chemical supply chain to our clients in the fashion industry.”