ACS Textiles Bangladesh is one of the first organisations headquartered in the country to commit to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as the body welcomes ten new companies.

Bringing together leading global clothing and footwear brands including Adidas, Benetton, C&A, Gap Inc, H&M, and Inditex, the ZDHC group is working to steer the industry towards a goal of reducing the discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020.

ACS Textiles Bangladesh is one of the latest value chain affiliates joining alongside Jollity Enterprise Co Ltd; Smit & Zoon; UNPAC; Salirone; Santori Pellami Spa; Geo-Chem Laboratories Pvt. Ltd; Modern Testing Services; Process Factory SRL; and RITEX Research and Textile Testing Lab.

"It's great to see the continuous ongoing support from the industry," says ZDHC executive director Frank Michel. "We appreciate the help and commitment from all our contributors and are delighted to welcome these ten new organisations to our ZDHC family.

"With the on-boarding of the new contributors we also enlarge our geographic scope and depth by welcoming the first organisation headquartered in Bangladesh as well as growth in the number of contributors from Italy."

The total number of contributors to the ZDHC Programme now stands at 85, including 23 signatory brands, 47 value chain affiliates, and 15 associates.

Last month ZDHC officially launched its Implementation HUB, which takes the scaling of chemical and environmental management best practices to the next level. It is designed to act as a vehicle to drive continuous improvements and progress around ZDHC-centric topics. It will build regional and local capabilities and an international eco-system of accredited experts.

ZDHC scaling up with new 'Implementation Hub'