Li Ning has reiterated its commitment to eliminating hazardous chemicals from its supply chain

Li Ning has reiterated its commitment to eliminating hazardous chemicals from its supply chain

Chinese sportswear company Li Ning says it remains committed to providing safe and high quality products, after Greenpeace last week labelled the company among several "greenwashers". 

The new Detox Catwalk campaign from the environmental pressure group assesses companies' progress at eliminating toxic chemical discharges from the supply chain - and claimed Li Ning, Adidas and Nike had failed to follow through on these commitments.

"Li Ning is committed to providing its customers with safe, high quality performance products. All Li Ning products are produced in compliance with the rigorous product safety standards of China and the European Union," a spokesperson for the company told just-style today (4 November).

"Li Ning commits substantial resources to technology, R&D and sourcing to achieve its product safety and sustainability objectives. Testing of physical and chemical properties is done throughout the process of product research and development, manufacturing and quality control of finished goods. All products sold have passed the inspection of independent third party testing institutions."

The sportswear brand added that it is a founding member of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) - a group of apparel and footwear brands and retailers committed to achieving this goal by 2020.

Adidas and Nike have also said they are committed to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Adidas stressed it has been working to reduce and "progressively" eliminate hazardous chemicals in its supply chain for a number of years, while Nike claims it has made "meaningful progress" toward this goal.