Esprit has pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its textile and clothing supply chain by 2020, joining the Roadmap to Zero initiative launched by a number of leading brands and retailers last year.

The announcement comes after a Greenpeace report, Toxic Threads - The Big Fashion Stitch-up, last week found residues from a number of hazardous chemicals in Esprit products.

Esprit said environmental campaign group Greenpeace tested nine garments, but said all items proved safe and within legal limits. However, two of the nine garments tested exceeded its own limits but remained within legal limits.

The fashion firm also revealed that it is in the process of implementing the Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Higg Index to to measure sustainability and environmental impact across its supply chain.

"Esprit collaborates with other brands of the apparel and footwear industry as well as with other stakeholders, such as the chemical industry, NGOs and material suppliers to ensure the success of this ambitious project and fully commits to the content, actions and timelines outlined in the joint ZDHC roadmap," said Charles Dickinson, Esprit senior vice president, head of global quality management & sustainability.

The Roadmap to Zero scheme was launched last November by Adidas GroupC&AH&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc and Puma