The ZDHC group is working to steer the industry towards a goal of reducing the discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020

The ZDHC group is working to steer the industry towards a goal of reducing the discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020

Executives from C&A, H&M and Levi Strauss & Co are among five new directors appointed to the board of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.

With members who include leading global clothing and footwear brands such as Adidas, Benetton, Gap Inc, 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.

Joining the existing ZDHC board of directors are Adam Brennan, unit leader for sustainable chemicals management at C&A; Manuel Baigorri Soneiro, senior director, global sustainability value chain at Levi Strauss & Co; Carmen Chan, senior corporate responsibility manager at Tesco's F&F clothing brand; Dr Wei-Wang Chen, general manager at Everlight Chemical; and Pascal Brun, head of sustainability - production, at H&M.

"We are developing fast, and the appointment of our new directors enables us to drive forward our strategic growth and continued global leadership on sustainable chemistry and safer chemical management", says ZDHC board chair Charles Dickinson. "I'm honoured to welcome them and excited about working with this exceptional team"  

With the five additional board members, the ZDHC Foundation expands the board to a total of 12 directors and also significantly extends board representation in Asia with Manuel Baigorri Soneiro, Adam Brennan, Pascal Brun, Dr Wei-Wang Chen and Carmen Chan.

Last month seven more companies committed to ZDHC group, lifting to 70 the total number of contributors to the ZDHC Programme, including 23 signatory brands, 33 value chain affiliates, and 14 associates.

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