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Stahl says the move underlines its commitment to the ZDHC mission of implementing chemical management best practice across the industry.

ZDHC certification aims to enable companies working in the footwear, apparel, and accessories industries to demonstrate their commitment to responsible chemical management, with the ultimate goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. In February 2020, Stahl achieved ZDHC Gateway Level 3 certification for its leather chemicals and performance coatings portfolio.

It has now achieved the same certification for 400 additional products, bringing the total number of Level 3-certified products to 1,800 formulations. Several hundred more Stahl products are expected to be certified to Gateway Level 3 in 2022.

To achieve the most recent certifications, Stahl’s formulated chemical products and a number of raw materials were tested against ZDHC’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) by testing lab Eurofins Chem-MAP.

Chem-MAP was also used to audit chemical management and stewardship processes at three of Stahl’s sites in Europe to verify that its formulations were ZDHC-compliant. In total, six of Stahl’s sites have now passed this Level 3 audit.

“This latest expansion of our ZDHC-compliant portfolio is a milestone in the journey of eliminating restricted substances from the entire supply chain. We share ZDHC’s mission of reducing the environmental impact of the industry,” Michael Costello, group director environmental, social and governance at Stahl, says.

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Georgina Mawer, head of Technical Eurofins BLC, adds: “Certifying Stahl to ZDHC MRSL Level 3, undeniably re-affirms their commitment to chemical transparency and sustainability in the supply chain. We are proud to have been able to work closely with the Stahl team and support their goal of achieving ZDHC MRSL Level 3 across their portfolio.”