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November 9, 2021

Mango and Kohl’s among latest to join ZDHC Community

Spanish fashion group Mango is among the latest five companies to be welcomed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Community.

By Beth Wright

Spanish clothing group Mango, which operates in more than 110 countries, has joined the ZDHC Community as a contributor and says the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme will help it achieve best practice chemical management in its production processes and accomplish its goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain.

“Mango believes that collaboration is a key factor to accelerate the progress towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals within the textile industry by sharing the knowledge and involving all the stakeholders,” it adds.

Also joining as a contributor is Fineotex, a specialty chemical manufacturing public listed company with FDA-approved plants in India and Malaysia producing 43,000 tonnes of auxiliaries, supplying to over 69 countries. The company also has a joint venture with BioTex Malaysia and has Bluesign certification.

Meanwhile, John Lewis, Kohl’s, and ZXY International have become the latest ‘friends’ of ZDHC.

John Lewis says the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme will be pivotal in helping the business understand more fully the chemical footprint of the value chain practices and help mitigate its environmental impact through tools and platforms that drive positive change.

Steve Thomas, Kohl’s chief risk and compliance officer, adds the collaboration with ZDHC will help to advance the retailer’s commitment to sound chemical management across its teams, vendors and facilities.

“Reducing our chemical footprint is part of Kohl’s broader environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy to create healthy futures for families by taking care of people, communities, and the planet,” he explains. “Building on Kohl’s existing chemical sustainability programme, we are emphasising the prevention, elimination and reduction of chemicals in Kohl’s private-branded products and we are striving for a supply chain with zero-discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2025.”

‍Lululemon Athletica and Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) joined the ZDHC Community as ‘friends’ in September.

Click here to read Just Style’s recent interview with Mango’s head of sourcing Andres Fernandez and CSR director Beatriz Bayo.

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