Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, and Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.

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.

With Birla Cellulose and Lenzing becoming contributors, ZDHC marks a significant programme expansion into the area of raw material production, starting this year with man-made cellulosic fibres.

Joining ZDHC, the companies commit to chemical management best practices and leading the adoption and implementation of ZDHC tools, which include amongst  others the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines, the ZDHC Gateway and the ZDHC MRSL. They also become part of a collaborative industry approach to drive harmonisation and reduce duplication and confusion of standards within the value chains.

With the addition of Birla Cellulose and Lenzing – and denim manufacturing giant Isko, which joined earlier this week - the total number of contributors to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme totals now 95, comprising of three categories - 24 signatory brands, 56 value chain affiliates and 15 associates.

The new contributors all join in the category of value chain affiliates from the textile industry.